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Leaked: Russo Bros. Offered Avengers 3 & 4; Could Produce Spider-Man

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The leaks continue at Sony as a result of a series of hacks.

It recently became known that Marvel wanted Spider-Man to come home and be featured in Captain America 3.

Now, further insights into the potential deal are made known through additional e-mails.

The Brazilian website, Overtice.com, managed to get ahold of a series of e-mails and exchanges from co-chairman of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal.

 

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Pascal had communications with the Russo Bros., who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are directing Captain America: Civil War for Marvel Studios.

The e-mails reveal that the Russo Bros. are likely to direct The Avengers Infinity War: Part 1 and Part 2, and they assured Pascal that regardless what happens with The Avenger 3 – Part 1 and 2, they are still going to direct the Gray Man movie for Sony, in which they want Robert Downey Jr. to star.

Another e-mail reveals that Joe Russo told Pascal they can produce Spider-Man as a result of a new contract. It’s unclear if the Russo’s would be working independent of Marvel or for both Marvel and Sony.

 

FUTURE OF SPIDER-MAN AT SONY:
Venom, Sam Raimi, Sinister Six, Jeff Robinov

Pascal also talks about the future of Spider-Man at Sony where e-mails reveal the state of the franchise is up in the air.

Spider-Man producer Avi Arad asked Pascal to greenlight the Venom movie based on sales and promotion of the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes line, which prominently features the character.

In an update on an earlier report about Sony asking Sam Raimi for assistance, the new e-mails reveal that Raimi has had talks with Sony about Spider-Man.  Pascal also remarked that while Raimi did a great job with his first two Spider-Man movies, she compared Raimi to “Joel Schumacher” with the third.

Another interesting conversation is revealed with the former head of Warner Bros. movie studios, Jeff Robinov, who was behind The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel, and is now with Sony. Robinov seems pretty adamant that Pascal and Sony not make a deal with Marvel.

“You can’t go back to Marvel,” Robinov is quoted as saying.

The exchange continues with Pascal revealing just how unsure she is with Sony’s Spider-Man plans as she responds, “I’m worried Sinister Six might not be the right [way to go],” and, “I just have the Spider-Man universe and not the Marvel universe.”

Pascal then asks Robinov for further help, with Robinov actually recommending Stan Lee or someone else in the industry with credibility and knowledge of Spider-Man.

“Can you help me figure it out tomorrow? Unless I make the partnership with Marvel and Spider-man to join their world, I’m running out of options,” Pascal said.

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Russo Bros. Rumored To Direct Infinity War and Avengers 4

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Captain America 2 and 3 directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, have been named as possibly taking the reins from Josh Whedon for the Avengers movies.

In their report regarding Daniel Bruhl being cast in Captain America 3, Deadline reports they keep hearing that the Russo Bros. will possibly direct The Avengers: Infinity War Part I and II.

It’s also stated that in addition to Chadwick Bosemann being featured as Black Panther in Captain America 3, that Sebastian Stan will reprise as the Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie will be back as Falcon, in addition to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow being involved.

Another name that has previously surfaced to take over for Whedon and The Avengers is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

Captain America: Civil War has a May 5, 2016 release starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 has a May 2018 release followed by Part II with a May 2019 release.

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Captain America 3 Directors Said Civil War Is Highly Unlikely (Video)

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Two days ago saw word hit that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in Captain America 3, with the storyline adapting the Marvel Comics Civil War event that pitted hero vs. hero, and namely, Iron Man vs. Captain America.

Interestingly enough, the directors of Captain America 2 and Captain America 3, Anthony and Joe Russo, talked about Civil War being a part of the Marvel Studios universe about a month ago where Joe Russo stated it was too complex and highly unlikely.

You know it’s really a function of how much story can you fit into this universe. Certainly we know Thanos is coming. There is a a lot of story real estate that needs to be covered in order to tee up what is clearly going to be a massive storyline. Would something like Civil War ever fit into that? I don’t know. It’s complex. There is a lot of characters. Marvel doesn’t have ownership over some of the key players in Civil War. I would say it is probably doubtful, but you know I don’t run Marvel, so I can never say to you that it couldn’t happen, but I would say it’s probably highly unlikely.

The original report surrounding Captain America 3 and Civil War stated the event would play out into the Marvel movies for years to come. It also said there was some contention getting Robert Downey Jr. signed, which is possibly why Joe Russo was hesitant about talking about Civil War. Of course, it’s also possible that Joe Russo simply wanted to steer people away from the fact that Captain America 3 will feature Civil War and lead into The Avengers 4 and the other Marvel movies.

Regarding Marvel Studios not having the rights to the key players that took part in the comic book storyline, obviously similar to the other Marvel movies, the films would be an adaptation of the comic book event and go a different route.

Marvel has yet to officially confirm the news.

Jump ahead to the 4:39 mark for a listen:

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Punisher Cameo In Captain America 2

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It’s learned that a certain vigilante apparently made a cameo in Captain America 2.

Co-director Joe Russo attended a signing event in Hollywood where he told Coming Soon about it.

When Nick Fury is being attacked in the streets, he gets the moment he needs to escape when a yellow Penske truck slams into his attackers. Later, when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, guess what hits him? Not just a Penske truck, but the Russos reveal, the very same Penske truck.

“The man who drives that truck,” Joe deadpans, joking that the driver is a candidate for a future Marvel One-Shot, “Is very highly trained. He thinks on his own terms. He’s got a plan and a very specific skill set.”

Marvel Studios does have the film rights for Punisher, so hopefully Russo was joking too much and we’ll eventually get the Punisher back on the big screen.

Check out the Punisher short film that was released a couple of years ago, Dirty Laundry, featuring Thomas Jane:

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The Avengers 2 Comic-Con Video Interviews: Russo Bros., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth

Marvel released a large batch of video interviews for The Avengers 2 from Comic-Con that was held yesterday.

Check out Captain America 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth.

“The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” hits May 1, 2015 directed by Joss Whedon starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Paul Bettany as Vision, with James Spader as Ultron.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Avengers movie hub for more.

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Joe & Anthony Russo Confirmed For Captain America 3

At the end of January it was said that Joe and Anthony Russo would be back for “Captain America 3.”

Now that news is confirmed as the Russo brothers state they are in the midst of the story, but interestingly enough they want to hear how the fans react to Captain America 2 before really proceeding.

Via Collider:

Well now that Kevin [Feige] said it that means we can talk about it, I guess.  That’s great.  We’re just in the formative stages of it right now.  We just started breaking story with [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it.  It’s crazy working on it before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to in the movie.  You want to get some inspiration from what people like about the film so you go, ‘Okay, this is what we gotta lean into in the next movie’ or ‘this is what we should move away from, this didn’t work so well.’  So we’re just in that phase of breaking story but waiting to see how people respond to the movie.

The initial rumor also stated Chris Evans would be back as Captain America; however, Evans recently said he wants to take a break when his currently Marvel contract expires. Whether his current contract includes “Captain America 3” is unknown at the present time, but Evans will be back for The Avengers 2.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits April 4th.

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Captain America 2 To Premiere In Cleveland, Ohio

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Marvel Studios and Joe and Anthony Russo have announced that Cleveland, Ohio will be a location for the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Joining London, Paris, Beijing and Los Angeles is Cleveland as Marvel Studios filmed Captain America 2 in the city.

“It has been a big priority of ours obviously to be able to have a premiere there and thank the people of Cleveland,” Joe Russo told Cleveland.com. “We want to have a premiere that includes the local cast and crew and make some tickets available to the general public. It’s a way to say thanks and pay back the city for being such a great host.”

Captain America 2 filmed for about six weeks in Cleveland last Summer and will see its premiere April 1st.

“We messed up a lot of morning commutes. This is one way of saying, ‘The Russo brothers apologize for the traffic,’” Joe Russo offered.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has an April 4, 2014 release directed by the Russ Bros. starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Hayley Atwell and Robert Redford.

Check out the Cosmic Book News Avengers Hub for more.

Synopsis:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Captain America 2 Has More Action Than The Avengers

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Fans may have been spoiled by all the action in the third act of The Avengers movie, but Joe and Anthony Russo are hoping that you have room left for seconds.

And if the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier are anything to go buy, we may need to have room for third and fourth helpings.

In the latest issue of Total Film, The Russo Bros. talk about the amount of action in Captain America 2, stating it might be more than seen in The Avengers and at the same time compares it to a couple of classics.

“We grew up on Scorsese. We grew up on Copolla. We studied The French Connection 50 times. And we’ve been waiting for a long time to find a project like this, that would allow us to explore those interests,” Joe Russo said.

The comparison to the 70s films, however, doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of talking will be going on as Joe Russo continues.

“There’s a lot of action in this movie, as much as Avengers, if not more,” he said. “But there is also a lot of character work. So it sort of goes between the two. It’s very important to us, when there’s an action set-piece that it’s driving the story in some way, that there are stakes involve. Just like a ‘70s thriller.”

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has an April 4, 2014 release directed by the Russ Bros. starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Hayley Atwell and Robert Redford.

Check out the Cosmic Book News Avengers Hub for more.

Synopsis:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Russo Bros. & Chris Evans Said To Be Back For Captain America 3

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier set to premiere in less than three months time, word comes that Marvel Studios is looking ahead to “Captain America 3” as it’s reported the third installment will see the return of Joe and Anthony Russo to direct.

Variety has it that both of the Russo brothers will be back, with no official word as of yet from Marvel.

While a third film depends on the success of Captain America 2, it’s stated a plot outline is being developed as well as a release date.

It’s also said that Chris Evans is expected back as Captain America (perhaps shooting down rumors the actor is getting replaced), and that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be back to produce.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits April 4th directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

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