In September, it was announced that Marvel Studios disbanded its creative committee consisting of several Marvel comics veterans. Fans had a slight panic on the inside, wondering what this would mean for future Marvel Studios productions, but the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are saying that everything will be just fine.
“To the audience, I don’t know if they’ll see a difference in the quality of the movies,” says Joe Russo. “That’s for sure because Kevin Feige is still the brains behind Marvel, and that hasn’t changed. I just think, from a political standpoint, the machinations of the studio have become more streamlined. Does that make for a better creative storytelling? Yes, absolutely because it’s easier for my brother and I to sit in a room with Kevin and discuss storytelling, and to come to creative decisions, and move through those decisions much quicker.” When it comes to whether or not the efficiency will be noticeable in future productions, Joe Russo concludes, “We’ll see how people respond to Captain America: Civil War.”
Anthony Russo also spoke on the topic. “Just to speak to our experience on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we didn’t have a whole lot of interaction with the committee,” he started. “So, for us on a personal level, I don’t know if it will be that different because we’ve never engaged with them that much anyway. Maybe other directors have had a different experience, but for us, we had a very limited interaction with the committee. We deal with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. That’s how we made Captain America: The Winter Soldier and that’s how we made Captain America: Civil War. For us it’s a very similar process.” Joe Russo then added to his brother's comments, saying, “We had a very streamlined experience. For us, working with Marvel has been as easy as any work experience we’ve ever had in our careers. They’re a very efficient and very bright collection of people, extremely creative, and they know their material. Again, we probably couldn’t speak to this stuff as much as other people could regarding the politics of it, but just know that we still feel the storytelling is very strong and we’re very happy with where Civil War is.”
Will it the shake-up at Marvel Studios have any effect on their future productions? We'll ultimately have to wait and see but the Russo brothers have definitely become worthy of our trust. Their Marvel Studios debut, The Winter Soldier, is one of the most acclaimed comic book movies of all time. The first Civil War trailer alone has built an insane amount of buzz for their next effort.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016. The Russo's will also direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II, set for release in 2018 and 2019, respectively.