Marvel might allow its directors some sort of creative leeway when developing their films, however, fans know that the studio still has an overall narrative to follow to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe cohesive structure.
Fortunately, Marvel isn’t one to hijack a director’s film the same way that Warner Brothers has previously been with the DC Extended Universe.
Responding to news that Zack Snyder’s official version of Justice League would find its way to HBO Max, Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo couldn’t help but drop a few comments about Marvel’s development style.
According to Joe, he and his brother Anthony have been very lucky to work for Marvel, a studio that allowed them a lot of creative freedom in their projects.
“I think it’s always great when a director’s original vision can find its way to the screen,” Joe said in an interview with Comic Book Movie, “We have been very, very fortunate in our careers that everything we did for Marvel, we would call our director’s cuts.”
While there have been a few directors complaining about the lack of creative freedom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Russo says that the studio has always been supportive of their vision for their movies.
“They were very gracious and deferential, and very supportive of our vision for those movies, and there’s nothing sitting on the editing room floor that we suddenly want back into those films. We worked very hard at what the current cut of those movies are, so we’re very fortunate to have released our director’s cut on all four of those films,” the filmmaker added.
Despite having a good working relationship with Marvel, the Russos are now taking a break from the MCU. Working back to back on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame took quite a toll on the directors – it’s understandable that they would want to take a short rest before working on anything else for the MCU.
Phase 4 of the MCU is set to begin when Black Widow premieres on November 6, 2020.