Avengers: Infinity War: Whedon out, Russo brothers in

Avengers: Age of Ultron is just a few weeks away and already things are heating up for the 2 part sequel that won't even be coming in two years time. Marvel has spoken and has finally confirmed what might already be common knowledge among fans of its cinematic universe titles. Joss Whedon believers will most likely bemoan the fact that the acclaimed director will no longer be at the helm of Avengers: Infinity War, but Marvel fans might not have much to worry about as they are in good hands with the Russo brothers.

Considering Whedon has been the directive mind behind the first Avengers film, which was already a blockbuster success, and the upcoming one which is expected to be equally or even moreso, it was only reasonable to expect that his name would also be on the third installment, which will be split into two parts instead of the usual single film hit. That said, much to the dismay of Whedonites (yes, there's such a term), word has already gone out that the Buffy screenwriter and director won't be around for that. And now, Marvel puts its official stamp on it.

Fans might have little to fret over the choice of Joe and Anthony Russo. It's not like the brothers came out of thin air. Their long list of achievements can speak for themselves. They, of course, directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which some claim to be somewhat better than its prequel. They are also already prepping for the third film, Captain America: Civil War. This will be a massive undertaking as the film will see Cap pitted against Iron Man, with the whole Marvel universe (or at least the Cinematic Universe) taking sides. It will also introduce Black Panther, to be played by Chadwick Boseman, before he gets his own solo treatment.

Avengers: Infinity War will revolve around the comic book event of the same name, a plot whose foundations have been set in Guardians of the Galaxy. Details of the film are still murky at this point, but we can expect it to be really big, both in scope and cast, considering a lot of MCU films that will have already screened by the time it debuts. It is so big that Marvel has split it into two, with Part 1 rolling out in May 2018, followed by Part 2 a year later.

It also seems that Whedon won't be going out with a big bang at the end of the Ultron film. The director told Entertainment Weekly that there will be no post-credits scene in the film. It's a sort of public service announcement to prevent viewers from staying glued to their seats for nothing. The reason? They couldn't think of anything to top off the shawarma scene of the first Avengers film. But worry not, true believers, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige does say there will be a mid-credits scene, but nothing after that.

SOURCE: Marvel, Entertainment Weekly