Marvel vs. DC: How the Russo Brothers Will Capture the Comic Book Rivalry In A New Series

The Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony Russo, are responsible for directing the highest-grossing film of all time: Avengers: Endgame. What do you do after that? Well, for James Cameron, the decision was clear: He decided to top himself with Avatar, naturally.

However, the Russos have something different in mind. They’re pivoting away from superhero films, but they do have a new superhero-themed TV series in the works. Here’s what you need to know about how they’ll address the long-running rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics.

How the Russo Brothers’ careers started

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo at 2019 SDCC
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo at 2019 SDCC | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

The Russos got started working together while in graduate school. They attracted the attention of famous producer Stephen Soderbergh and actor George Clooney, writing and directing Welcome to Collinwood. They then made their way to the TV world.

On the small screen, the Russos directed episodes of beloved comedic series such as Arrested Development, Community, Happy Endings, and more, winning an Emmy for the first. They occasionally worked together on a pilot but helmed most episodes separately. They also directed the comedy film You, Me and Dupree, starring Owen Wilson.

They’re famous for these Marvel films

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Several years after their first two movies, the Russos got the opportunity to come back to the world of cinema. They were tasked with directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, released in 2014. They also took on the follow-up, Captain America: Civil War, in 2016.

The latter was something of a warm-up for their next big task in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russos then directed both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which served as the epic two-part conclusion to Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga. They’ve been universally praised for their work here, naturally.

The Russos’ new project

The Russos have been asked about when they’ll be coming back to the MCU. That may or may not happen in the near future (or ever), but for now, they’re visiting familiar territory with their new Quibi docuseries titled Slugfest, inspired by the book, “Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC.”

Produced by the Russos’ company AGBO, Slugfest promises to “bring to light little-known stories from the history of both Marvel and DC, including interviews with creators of the best-known superhero characters in the world,” according to Variety. Quibi, which is being biles a mobile short-form platform of “quick bites,” launches on April 6, 2020.

What else are the Russos working on?

Given their success in the MCU, it’s unsurprising that the Russos have plenty of projects in the works, all of which we’re excited about. First up is the action thriller 21 Bridges, starring Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman. For this project, the brothers stayed further behind the scenes, as producers.

Speaking of working with Avengers, Joe Russo has written another exciting film, called Dhaka, starring Chris Hemsworth. Both produced the film for Netflix, which is due out in 2020. Additionally, the Russos are directing Cherry, a crime drama starring Tom Holland, which is currently shooting.