The Directors of Marvel's PHASE II; A Compilation of Their Previous Work

Marvel Studios' newest hands for hire have been announced (or are still in talks), so click here to find a list of their compiled works and my reasoning for what they can bring to the Marvel Studios family.

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By BattlinMurdock - 9/3/2012
Ready for Marvel’s PHASE II, but can’t get everything out of your system by watching PHASE I over and over again? Here’s a definitive list of other projects by the upcoming directors/writers of Marvel’s PHASE II movies that you should check out in the meantime. Be very excited. Very, very excited.

Shane Black
Directing Credit: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Writing Credits: Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout


Best Example of What to Expect with Iron Man 3:

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (which reunites Downey Jr. with Black in the role that revitalized his career) and Lethal Weapon. The first film, both penned and directed by Black, is a hilarious, neo-noir, buddy-cop film that showcases impressive performances from Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. It’s an absolute must-see, and almost a dead-ringer for what one could suspect the tone of Iron Man 3 would follow.

As for Lethal Weapon, let’s not forget that from what we’ve seen in set pictures and the like that War Machine seems to be a fairly big piece of this film. There are obvious throwbacks and parallels to the duos of both films (one’s uptight and professional, the other wiry and wryly charming; one’s black, one’s white), so even if it’s not safe to assume that IM3 will be a bit Lethal Weapon-esque, the opportunity for Black to return to the script that gave him notoriety is definitely there. I feel bad for those who are skipping out on Iron Man 3 because it’s the second sequel; it’s got all the workings to be the best Marvel film they’ve put out, Avengers included.


Edgar Wright
Directing Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, episodes of Spaced
Writing Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, episodes of Spaced


Best Example of What to Expect with Ant Man:

Now, Ant Man is currently not among the roster for a PHASE II film, but since it’s already in the bowels of pre-production, I’ve decided to include it. Obviously, the work that stands out the most from Wright’s filmography that would nab him a superhero directorial job is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, his high-energy, whack-a-mole of a visual and comedy fest. And, really, how could you go wrong? IF there’s one comic hero who needs some invigoration, it’s Ant Man. While not as jeered as DC’s Aquaman, let’s be completely honest with ourselves about Ant Man, the man who gets big, small, and controls ants. It’s incredibly silly compared to the other team of heroes who are also very silly. Wright’s not the kind of director to shun that element, though; he embraces it and turns it into something universally fun and appealing. Possibly endearing? We’ll have to wait and see.


James Gunn
Directing Credits: Slither, Super
Writing Credits: Scooby Doo, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Slither, Super


Best Example of What to Expect with Guardians of the Galaxy

A mix between the pacing and energy of Super with the visual eye of effects from Slither. It should be noted that both of these films were filmed with relatively small budgets, and that Gunn wrote both screenplays for the films; something he hasn’t done with GotG. However, anyone who’s seen some of the behind-the-scenes work on Super knows that Gunn’s directing style is very fast-pace, quick, and the man does marvels with a small budget, something that would be appealing to any studio.

Gunn is sort of like a mixture of Kevin Smith, Tarantino, and Edgar Wright; he bounces about between dialogues, while never forgetting his characters’ identities and strings it all together with a snap-shot energy before wrapping it with a neat bow in creative visual shots. He’s a relatively new director, but from what I’ve seen of him and his process of filmmaking, it’s a no-brainer he became Marvel’s choice.


Alan Taylor
Directing Credits: Episodes of The Sopranos, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Rome, Carnivàle
Writing Credits: The Emperor’s New Clothes


Best Example of What to Expect with Thor: The Dark World

His Game of Thrones credits are best for a spectacle perspective, and admittedly, Taylor is fairly hard to pin down because Thor: TDW is his big screen debut. However, it can be noted that Taylor, before working with the grand scope of GoT worked with intense character detail on shows like Deadwood, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under; which are all shows where plot progression very much falls under the weight of character development.

That means we’ll get a new respect and interpretation for Thor’s universe, as well as getting the action-packed, period piece war film that Taylor has become used to with GoT and Rome. Taylor is definitely within his element, is an experienced director with budget management, and now has Marvel Studios behind him to help him make the best Thor picture possible.

The Russo Brothers
Directing Credits: You Me & Depree, Episodes of Arrested Development, Community, Happy Endings
Writing Credits: Welcome to Collinwood


Best Example of What to Expect with Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Admittedly, I have no idea. There’s not a piece that ultimately stands out; so what I’ll do instead is pick the positive elements from their work and tie them into what could be good for CA:TWS. They’re experienced with large casts as Arrested Development, Community, and Happy Endings all have, they commit to directing tight work (they use necessary shots, nothing throw-away), and they’ve managed to work on two shows whose followings are as dedicated as one can get.

Frankly, I don’t know what to expect from the Russo brothers, but I do know they’ve got another action movie on their palette, which says to me it’s a genre they definitely have an interest in contributing to. Time will tell if they are the best choice for the job.
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soberchimera - 9/3/2012, 10:57 AM
Marvel Fans on:
Aquaman: "What a joke! He has super-strength, speed, and he talks to fish!"
Ant-Man: "Can't wait for his movie! He can talk to ants AND he has the same strength when he's small as when he's normal. Stan Lee created him so he can't be stupid."

*sigh*
Iceman01 - 9/3/2012, 11:00 AM
^^^ please don't start trouble you won't win you people never do
CaptainObvious - 9/3/2012, 11:01 AM
After watching You, Me, and Dupree, I understand why people are worried about Cap.
OrganizedChaos - 9/3/2012, 11:07 AM
for the The Russo Brothers, the only experience in action type directing is the two paintball episodes from season 2 finale in Community, which were pretty good action packed episodes. But I am still skeptical on how will they pull of something big for Captain America 2
SageMode - 9/3/2012, 11:11 AM
The Russo Brothers are such an oddball and unconventional choice, and isn't Ed Brubaker a consultant for the film? I have faith in Marvel but I'd have to see some footage first.
95 - 9/3/2012, 11:12 AM
I think they're all solid choices. Pretty excited for Shane Black's take on Tony Stark.
ThePowerCosmic - 9/3/2012, 11:12 AM
@ soberchimera61

Number one Ant-Man just looks better. Number two the ability to grow and shrink is way more interesting than commanding Dolphins to attack.

If you want to do this whole DC vs. Marvel thing and compare Batman and Ant-Man...ok, Batman wins. But don't pursue this argument with Aquaman.
jimpinto24 - 9/3/2012, 11:12 AM
I'm worried with The Russo Bros. directing Captain America: TWS. I love Cap, and I want CA: TWS to do well at the box office. I'm glad Ed Brubaker will be on set during filming. Ed can give The Russo Bros some tips. What The Russo Bros need to do is stay true to TWS storyline.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 11:12 AM
I am a little worried about Cap and Guardians now. I am with thor a bit too but when I saw that he directed game of thrones I am more confident.
KaneVonDoom - 9/3/2012, 11:13 AM
Aquaman could be great if someone could figure him out. Antman's always had the same problem but I'm actually really liking forward to seeing what Edgar Wright does with it.

Good article too. Very well done. Here's to hoping Marvel keeps improving because they have a great thing they've created.
GingerBird - 9/3/2012, 11:13 AM
The era of Comic book movies are over. Since Nolan is done with the TDK trilogy, the comic book movies are going to go down hill, be too saturated and people will get tired of them (I know I am).

They're just grasping at straws and are all just turning into sequel after sequel. They'll soon become very episodic, Iron Man 6: Iron Man in Space!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 11:15 AM
phase one of cap and thor were meh imo so I am not too excited anyway.
95 - 9/3/2012, 11:15 AM
Jose Whedon is consultant on these films, as well. CA:TWS will probably be especially funny. Fish-out-of-water funny.
KaneVonDoom - 9/3/2012, 11:16 AM
*looking. Edit feature, please.

Also, I'm really looking forward to seeing how GotG and Thor turn out as well.
avengers72 - 9/3/2012, 11:16 AM
we need a big reunion of all the directors.for a big comentary of all the mcu films!
95 - 9/3/2012, 11:17 AM
Joss Whedon.
Not Jose Whedon, lol.
Auto-Correct.
marvel72 - 9/3/2012, 11:18 AM
alan taylor is the one to watch,what he could bring to thor the dark world is very exciting.

most anticipated marvel phase 2 films

1st guardians of the galaxy
2nd thor the dark world
3rd iron man 3
4th captain america the winter soldier
5th ant-man
Enterlion - 9/3/2012, 11:20 AM
Bah, Batman Begins wasn't any good to me. I know people praise Nolan for Batman, but I only liked DK. And really that's all due to Ledger's Joker. Don't get me wrong, Nolan brought some good stuff to the table, but to say that comic movies will start to slide downhill now is a bit of an over statement. I think they'll do just fine without him. There are huge directors involved nowadays, so I'm not worried.
ThePowerCosmic - 9/3/2012, 11:21 AM
Phase two will be great. I'm a little worried about The Russo brothers...but they have such good material to work with. They would have to be idiots to screw it up.

As far as the many villains...I think Marvel has proven it can handle a lot of characters in a film. It's a big universe and Mandarin has always been the type to employ several rogues for his bidding.

I thought Ant-Man was definitely in Phase 2, otherwise it would be only 5 films as opposed to Phase 1's 6 films. Unless Phase three looks like this:

Ant-Man
Captain America 3
Thor 3
Black Panther
Aengers 3 (Ultron as the Villain)
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ThePowerCosmic - 9/3/2012, 11:21 AM
Nolan never made comic book movies...let's end the discussion there.
JerBear - 9/3/2012, 11:22 AM
@GingerBird
Good one, LOL
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 11:24 AM
Just because there isn't bright colors, heavy cgi, and massive explosions, does not mean that nolan's movies aren't comic book movies.
A comic book movie is a movie with comic book characters.
TimelessUnknown - 9/3/2012, 11:27 AM
"you won't win you people never do"

Hmmm, wow.
ComicBookSon - 9/3/2012, 11:28 AM
Bring it on! And please give the Captain some justice this time around. I want dragon skin armor!
TrueRedBlue - 9/3/2012, 11:34 AM
Community is FANTASTIC. Soo I'd expect a stand out job by the Russo Brothers. Isn't the whole point of Phase 2 to get Avengers into space?
PaulRom - 9/3/2012, 11:37 AM
@BattlinMurdock: No, Ant-Man doesn't have a release date. Though a 2014 release is rumored.

Good article. Out of all of these directors, I feel most confident about Taylor, Black and Wright. Gunn could be good (though I'm not 100% sure yet), and I still think that the Russo Bros. are a mediocre choice to direct Captain America 2. I'll wait until I see some footage before I judge though.
marvel72 - 9/3/2012, 11:38 AM
@ GingerBird

if the era of comic book movies are over now that nolan has finished with them,(rolls eyes)so you won't be visting the site anymore.

you have a problem with sequels but nolan made two sequels & if he came back for a fourth time you wouldn't have a problem with that.

BruceLeroy - 9/3/2012, 11:40 AM
The only movie I'm worried about is Captain America 2.
SpideyQuad - 9/3/2012, 11:40 AM
Yeah, yuse people never win. All you want is the whole world to be all dark and Batman like. Stupid ginger bird thing
dellamorte1872 - 9/3/2012, 11:42 AM
SHOULD HIGHLIGHT "GUNN IS SPECULATED FOR GOTG".

ANT-MAN is in PHASE II.....
IM3 has to end IM's films cause DOWNEY will need a new contract since he's contracted for 3 I.M films + 3 Avengers films hence his 6 film dedication he made after TIH before IM2
dellamorte1872 - 9/3/2012, 11:44 AM
RUSSOs must have gotten cheap as shit! either that or they want to enlist more control over PHASE II from a studio perspective
Ranger14 - 9/3/2012, 11:56 AM
It's funny how most will diss Ant Man about being small and talking to ants. It shows they don't know much about the character. Pym's true strength is in his intellect and genius mind. Him and Reed Richards both have powers and abilities, but it is their smarts that makes them the biggest threat to evil-doers.
DioFoRio - 9/3/2012, 11:56 AM
I don't know why anyone wants to even try making comic movies anymore. They're so trite and childish. I'm over them but can't stop coming to this site to post how beneath me the genre is. Why even bother green-lighting anything after the release of Man-Thing on SyFy. The pinnacle of CBM film making.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 11:56 AM
Do you guys think that this will be the last iron man movie? Would you want it to keep going?
DioFoRio - 9/3/2012, 11:57 AM
Pym will open the door for more villains more stories. Excited as hell for a Gunn directed GotG. Loved Slither and Super.
DioFoRio - 9/3/2012, 11:57 AM
I want it to keep going ala Bond. New actor continue story line
DioFoRio - 9/3/2012, 11:58 AM
I'm sick of the re-boot stuff
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 12:01 PM
As long as they don't do origin stories again and again, I am okay with reboots.
Starlight - 9/3/2012, 12:02 PM
Hey, this is probably OLD news... but, did anyone noticed that Shane black did some script rewrites and also ACTED on PREDATOR???? He also appears reading a St. rock Comic IN THE MOVIE....
Genesis488 - 9/3/2012, 12:04 PM
Great another thread where someone insists that comic book movies all suck now that Lord Nolan and his kinda-Batman movies are over.

The real Batman wouldn't have spent 8 years hiding in a bedroom having a pity party for himself. Not in his character no matter who he lost or who was hunting him down.
Batman Begins-Great movie
The Dark Knight-Fantastic
The Dark Knight Rises-Let down
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