Marvel Studios is growing its own stable of returning directors who love working with the studio. Jon Favreau was the first to be re-hired after Iron Man and to develop and helm Iron Man 2, although he has moved on from Marvel Studios since the sequel.
Then The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon was re-signed to direct Avengers: Age of Ultron, oversee Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and help create the television series Agents of SHIELD with his brother and sister-in-law. Earlier this year, and right when Captain America: The Winter Soldier released in theaters, Marvel brought back directors Anthony and Joe Russo to develop and direct Captain America 3 and direct two episodes of next year's Agent Carter television series. Most recently, Marvel decided to continue their working relationship with Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn for its sequel in 2017.
The Russo brothers are so happy to be back they told Wall Street Journal's The Speakeasy blog they love working with Marvel and would love to work on more projects beyond Captain America films.
"We have so much fun working here, and we love everyone at Marvel so much, that we told Kevin that he would have to drag us out of Marvel kicking and screaming. So, we would be more than happy to work on more Marvel properties."
Previously, there's been some bad press regarding how Marvel treats their directors (see post link below) in the media. This all seems to be more noise than truth because if Marvel really didn't work well with their directors — and didn't give them some creative freedom — then you wouldn't see anyone going back to work for the studio (unless the money is just that good, of course). This doesn't appear to be the case for the Russos and Gunn since they all seem genuinely happy to continue with Marvel Studios.
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