The Russo brothers consist of Anthony Russo (born February 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 1971). The Russo brothers both work in the American film and television directing industry. Occasionally, they also perform work as screenwriters, producers, editors, and actors.
The Russo brothers have worked on a collection of Marvel films together in the past, including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014), "Captain America: Civil War" (2016), and "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018).
In 2019, the Russo brothers will be working together on the new "Avengers: Endgame." If things go according to schedule, the film should be hitting movie theaters worldwide sometime in 2019.
When the Russo brothers complete their work on the "Avengers: Endgame" film, that will mark the fourth superhero film the brothers have worked on that will gross over $2 billion in worldwide. This amount of revenue will also make it the 4th most lucrative blockbuster of all time, including in both the US and Canada.
The Russo brothers have proven themselves as invaluable producers to Marvel over the past several years. Below, we discuss 10 ways in which the Russo brothers have changed the superhero movie-producing game for Marvel.
They Mark Just the Third Producers Ever to Gross $2 Billion on a Film
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When the Russo brothers and Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Avengers: Infinity War," it was only the third movie ever released to gross more than $2 billion in the box office (the other two included "Avatar" and "Titanic"). This $2 billion provides a large amount of revenue for Marvel, making it one of the most successful movies ever to get shown in a theater.
If the "Avengers: Endgame" movie gets released in 2019, it becomes the fourth movie ever released to gross this kind of revenue at the box offices. That makes 50 percent of all of the films that have grossed over $2 billion in the box office belong to Marvel
The Russo Brothers Released "Infinity Wars"
"Infinity Wars" became a game-changer for Marvel. The entire make-up of the Marvel universe including their cast of characters changed forever. "Infinity Wars" set Marvel forward in a new direction moving forward.
The Russo brothers won't say where the entire cast of characters will go in 2019 and beyond. However, the thing that they can both agree on includes that things will not be slowing down in the Marvel universe. At least not any time soon.
Marvel's Composition Will Change Forever
After "Infinity Wars" was released, the makeup of the Marvel universe has forever gotten changed. While the Russo brothers won't get into specifics, they agree that there will be more changes in the lineup including in the characters that will appear in upcoming movies.
The Marvel Story Will Continue
While neither Russo brother will say which characters will appear in which movies in the future, they both agree on one thing: Marvel will continue to make films in the years to come.
While neither Russo brother will get specific about what it means, we now know there will be more movies to come in the future. The Russo brothers have helped make Marvel into one of the biggest superhero empires in the world, and that story will continue moving forward.
Fans will early await to see if the Marvel superpower can continue to rise and gain a monopoly on the superhero film industry as it has in the past several years.
Marvel Will Look to The Russo Brothers to Help Them Continue to Diversify Their Offerings
Both Russo brothers agree that Marvel will continue to diversify their offering as the entertainment industry changes. As people become more sensitive to and demand to see more diversity in the film industry, the Russo brothers understand that and plan to do nothing less than deliver.
The Russo Brothers Will Continue to Take Risks
To provide this diverse viewing experience that fans crave, the Russo brothers will continue to diversify their film offerings. They already have taken a couple of risks in past films such as "Captain America: Winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War".
What will these risks look like in the future?
They have not entirely decided yet, but it will include more diversity of characters. The Russo brothers (and everyone at Marvel) want more people to find themselves in the roles that they feature in the movies.
Diversifying their characters provides a move that the Russo brothers believe pays off for Marvel as an entertainment company. If more people come to the see the films in theaters, that means more impressive numbers in the box office. All of that ultimately boils down to more success for Marvel.
Wherever these changes go, the Russo brothers will be in the driver's seat and must take responsibility for how things go moving into the future.
The Russo Brothers Will Help Marvel Make Tough Choices
As with any line of superhero movies, characters must be killed off, and others must come into the picture. The Russo brothers remain entirely mum on who they will kill off and who will continue to appear in future films. They have, however, stated that characters would continue to come into the picture throughout the movie that will happen in the future.
Whether these characters have already designed or not, more changes will come to the Marvel universe in the coming years and through the subsequent movie releases. It's never easy to choose which characters to keep or which ones to eliminate, but they help make choices that Marvel must make. The Russo brothers will be there every step of the way to help them do it.
The Russo Brothers Use What They Learn to Make Marvel Better
The Russo brothers use what they learn in every film to make the next one better. It's a progressive learning curve for both brothers. They both firmly believe that you can never know everything and they prove that with each new movie they release.
Both Russo brothers have openly stated that the still-untitled movie that will be Avengers 4 will undoubtedly be their best work yet. They indicate that they will use everything that both of them have learned from the film they have made in the past to make this movie.
While much work remains on this project, they both have excited Marvel fans worldwide by stating that they continue anticipating this movie's release. It only remains to be seen what they will deliver next.
The Russo Brothers Leave Options Open
The Russo brothers have made movies that leave their "options open" for what could come next. Whether they or someone else produce the next Marvel movies, they will have plenty of options on the table when it comes to choosing where to take the story next.
Many fans have learned that we can expect the unexpected from the Russo brothers. They aren't afraid to take risks to make Marvel big bucks in the box office, or to keep fans glued to the edge of their seats throughout the entirety of every Marvel movie they release.
The Russo Brothers Have Become Marvel
It has become clear to fans all around the world that Marvel would not be what it presents itself as today without the Russo brothers in the production seat. Whether they continue to produce more of Marvel's movies for many of years or bow out after a few more releases, they have left their mark on one of the industry's biggest superhero giants of today.
Marvel has only existed for around since 1998 (20 years), yet it got purchased by its new parent company, Walt Disney company for a staggering $4 billion. Much of that value comes in thanks to the Russo brothers and their fantastic movie takes on Stan Lee's famous comics from far back as the 1960s.
No matter how much longer the Russo brothers stay at the helm of production for Marvel releases, one thing remains for sure: Marvel owes what it has become today to these two brothers who produced their blockbuster hits.
If they hadn't hired the Russo brothers, Marvel would not be where it's at today, nor would they have the right future ahead of them that they currently have today.
The future continues to shine bright for Marvel, and they have the Russo brothers to thank for it. The release of "Avengers: Endgame" in 2019 proves a big make-or-break moment for Marvel. Another make-or-break moment will come when the company releases the currently untitled Avengers 4 movie.
For now, they have the Russo brothers on their side for these releases, and they know that they will both give their all to both films. The Russo brothers will not be afraid to take risks and try new things.
Marvel hopes that fans continue to love what the brothers do with the future movies. From the past results, there's little doubt that these movies will get released to a highly anticipatory audience. We can be confident that people will give Marvel every chance to continue succeeding.