While we still await official confirmation from Marvel Studios, Badass Digest reported yesterday that Joe and Antony Russo have signed their deal to direct AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART 1 and 2. That the Russos were in line to direct the next AVENGERS film was first reported by Badass Digest last November. The pair proved their Marvel mettle with last year’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and are also directing CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, which begins filming next month.

Joss Whedon, the current director of the big team up franchise, has publicly stated on multiple occasions that he will not remain in the chair after MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is released on May 1. While Whedon hopes to find some way to stay involved with Marvel Studios, it has been clear for months that Marvel would have to find someone else worthy of shepherding its biggest property. Seeing as how the Russos next Marvel film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, involves many of the Avengers from the previous and future team up films, they are a very natural fit with the skill and experience needed to get the job done in a way fans will love.

Badass Digest also reported that while no deal is signed, it appears Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are the preferred choices to write the script for each film. The writing duo has handed in outstanding work on the CAPTAIN AMERICA films thus far and are clearly effective at collaborating with the Russos. By using this super-team of the Russos, Markus, and McFeely, Marvel Studios would be setting AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and the Marvel Cinematic Universe up for success in terms of creative continuity and, more importantly, talent.

Marel Studios has not confirmed this news, but it is spreading through the usual Hollywood trades. It’s quite possible and even likely that Marvel is waiting to pair this announcement with a press release marking the beginning of production on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, or holding back until after AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON has been released so as not to divert too much attention from what’s present for the audience to get excited about and enjoy.

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART 1 will be released on May 4, 2018 and PART 2 will follow on May 3, 2019.