Avengers: Endgame directors’ next MCU film is at “an impasse” after Johansson lawsuit

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo were out of the MCU after the release of their record-breaking finale. While the duo claimed that they could return to Marvel films, they didn't reveal when they'd come back.

In a report by The Wall Street Journal, the Russo brothers were in talks to return. However, discussions have met an end after the start of Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit over the release of Black Widow.

Avengers: Endgame directors’ delayed return

The ongoing lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson and Disney is continuing to have an effect on Marvel Studios. Shang-Chi launched exclusively in cinemas with no planned Disney Plus release; Eternals will likely do the same.

Most surprising, the lawsuit has delayed the return of the Russo brothers, a fan-favourite Marvel directing team. In the report, it’s said that the directors “hit an impasse in negotiations” after discovering the lawsuit.

The Wall Street Journal states “the Johansson dispute left them unsure how their next movie would be distributed and how they would be paid”. At the moment, this has caused discussions to fizzle out between Disney and the Russos.

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Should the Russos return?

Even before Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Russos proved they had a great understanding of the MCU. Debuting with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the brothers delivered hit after hit.

While it's not a necessity for the Russo Brothers to return, it would be awesome to get a new MCU film from them. After everything they've done to keep the MCU rolling, it would be nice to see them tackle a smaller, weirder Marvel project. Maybe something like a Ghost Rider movie?

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