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INTERVIEW: The Russos on Infinity War's Unique Challenges and Their Marvel Futures

With three Marvel films under your belt, soon to be four, you've obviously covered a lot of ground, and a lot of different characters and genres. All that being said, the Marvel Universe is a huge place -- which characters would you still like a chance to work with?

Joe Russo: Hopefully they'e about to get their hands on a few of them. Listen, my second favorite character growing up, and one of my prized possessions in my comic book collection is Incredible Hulk #181, which of course is the first appearance of Wolverine. I feel like the mission of the Marvel Universe is to keep expanding and surprising people. Surprise them with casting choices, surprise them with story choices. If we're moving into this world of crossover events, certainly that affords opportunity for other large-scale stories from the books like Secret Wars -- which was another favorite comic of mine as a kid.

There's big potential moving forward if the Fox/Disney deal closes.

That being said, having directed four Marvel movies now, including two Avengers movies back to back -- can't imagine what a draining experience that was, though surely also thrilling. Do you still have a lot of gas in the tank for this franchise?

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Joe Russo: I think so. I think we have a lot of personal stories that we want to tell, as well. But we're workaholics, and we've obvious been very industrious in our careers, and done a lot of content. We're up for challenges all the time.

Anthony Russo: Right now, we don't know what that movie would be. But if an idea comes along, or we have one, where it's like, "Oh, my God - this is the next perfect Marvel movie!" then we're in. We're always driven by, "What creative possibilities can we chase?"

We'll move forward based on that. We have a big load to carry for the next year, finishing up this next movie. Sometime in that next year, towards the end of that period, we'll probably be able to start thinking about the future.

It's been neat to see how much you've been involved in comic book-based material in general -- such as the Deadly Class TV show that's in production.

Joe Russo: We love comic book material. It's an amazing place to find inspiration for storytelling.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 27.

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