Tony Stark and Steve Rogers were not the only ones to exit the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame. After directing back-to-back Marvel Studios sequels, the Russo brothers will also take a long break from making Marvel movies. The directing duo is set to produce their own movies under their own production firm, AGBO Films.
In a SyFy Wire interview, Anthony and Joe Russo said they have shifted their focus on smaller films but could return to Marvel in the future:
“We love that level of filmmaking that Marvel afforded us. We love telling stories on that level, but we’re also fed by smaller stories and more specific stories. So for us moving forward, it’s moving back and forth between the two.”
When asked what would it take to lure them back to Marvel, Joe Russo said:
“I grew on up [John] Byrne’s X-Men run. Ben Grimm was a favorite character growing up, the Thing. And Fantastic Four is now in the Marvel fold. There’s a lot. Silver Surfer is an amazing character. Going really big in cosmic would be a lot of fun. So there’s a lot of things that could attract us.”
Once they return to Marvel, Joe and Anthony Russo are likely to make epic movies instead of standalone films to explore the story arcs. Joe explains:
“I think after you go on the journey that we went on – because there is a comprehensive narrative, an overarching story from Winter Soldier all the way to the end of Endgame that involves Tony and Cap, through Civil War, through Infinity War – I think that scale of ambition in storytelling is a bug that’s bit us.”
Joe adds that they’ve grown close to the entire Marvel Studio crew, particularly Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonzo who they consider as family.
“Working with Kevin, Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonzo has been the most rewarding collaboration we’ve had in our entire career. Joe said, “we’re all very, very close to one another, and we miss each other. So I’m sure we’ll find something that we can do together soon.”
Interestingly, Kevin Feige teased a Fantastic Four standalone movie in the future. The Marvel Studio boss recently addressed the Fantastic Four’s return to the MCU, hinting at possible projects in the works.