Avengers: Endgame’s Russo Brothers Share Disappointing Update on MCU Return

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The directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, have always expressed their willingness to make a comeback in the MCU, but even with several potential opportunities, their MCU return may still be a long time away.

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The two directors had always teased the idea of making an MCU comeback for a Secret Wars movie if Marvel Studios chose to go down that road, which was then confirmed when 2026’s Avengers: Secret Wars was announced in the recent San Diego Comic-Con 2022. But even with several rumors pointing to them getting the directing job for the film, the Russo brothers quickly denied those rumors saying that they weren’t signed on after the project was announced.

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In a recent interview with Variety, the Russo brothers revealed that their MCU return likely won’t happen in the foreseeable future. Following their latest MCU film, 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Joe Russo pointed out that he and his brother are "always talking" with Marvel’s top people to work out the right time for them to make a comeback. Unfortunately, Joe Russo admitted that they won’t be making their MCU return: “We’re always talking; we’d need to see what would work. We won’t be ready to do anything with Marvel until the end of the decade."

Joe Russo also looked back to how they joined Marvel. “I think part of the reason we gravitated to Marvel is they were another family unit made up of lovely people and lovely creatives, who also like being in a cooperative,” Joe said. We always built communities around us of other artists and creatives that we would invite into a circle with us.”

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Although the Russo brothers won’t be involved with the MCU in the foreseeable future, they’ve adopted several big names such as Thor actor Chris Hemsworth in Extraction and Captain America actor Chris Evans in The Gray Man.

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are currently available to stream on Disney+. Avengers: Secret Wars is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 1, 2026.

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