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The Marvel film universe has become this weird sort of accordion. First we got several individual films showcasing each member of The Avengers separately, and then they were all crammed into one movie directed by Joss Whedon. Now we're about to enter the second wave of films in which the characters will once again be spread out into their own stories. Shane Black is bringing us 'Iron Man 3,' 'Game of Thrones' helmer Alan Taylor is set to direct 'Thor 2,' and now the hunt is on to lock in a director (or directors) for 'Captain America 2.' According to sources, it seems that the studio has narrowed it down to three options: George Nolfi ('The Adjustment Bureau'), F. Gary Gray ('The Italian Job'), and the team of Anthony and Joseph Russo (that's right, of 'Community'). A well connected insider claims that the reason these latter, unlikely candidates are still in the hunt is that Marvel Studios president of production, Kevin Feige, likes to make sure he gets along with people personally before he working with them. This "vibe guy" as the source calls him apparently hit it off big time with Anthony and Joseph. No official deal has been made yet, but the decision is due to be made by mid-April.
That sound you're hearing is thousands of geeks cheering at the possible union of two of their passions; I include myself in that celebration. While this seems like a bold new direction for Marvel, the studio has made several interesting choices with its choices in film directors. I mean, did anyone really think Jon Favreau (fresh off 'Elf' and 'Zathura') would be the right choice for 'Iron Man?' For that matter, who'd a thunk that acclaimed actor-turned-director Kenneth Branagh would be put in charge of a Thor movie? This isn't even a trend specific to Marvel, I remember a flurry of online dissent when Christopher Nolan was chosen to helm 'Batman Begins.' Sometimes it's just about the vision and the approach, and not about the previous body of work. The great thing about comic book movies is that filmmakers who are geeks for the material first deliver the best entries. I don't know whether the Russo Brothers are big fans of Captain America, but 'Community' is a show that caters to geeks with some of the smartest and most elaborate references ever crafted so I'm at least interested in what they would be able to do if put in charge of an actual superhero flick.
What do you guys think? Do you like the idea of the Russo Brothers for 'Captain America 2?' Joel McHale for Baron Zemo?