Joe Russo, Chris Evans, Anthony Russo

Marvel Studios



This sounds fascinating.

But.

Does it also mean the Russo Brothers are officially leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after "Avengers 4"? Or maybe just taking a Ross-and-Rachel break?

At the end of Amazon's TCA panel over the weekend, it was revealed that Joe and Anthony Russo would be teaming up with Amazon Studios for a mysteries new series.

According to Deadline, in a pre-taped video, the directors called the series "a massive, global TV adventure" and said that they would be "sourcing talent from all around the world."

Here's a description of the series, or at least a vague blueprint of the scale of the thing (via Collider):
"Amazon Studios is on a quest to create a radical global storytelling disruption by teaming with the Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios on a large-scope, multi-layered international event series. As part of the collaboration, the Russo Brothers will have the creative freedom to oversee an ambitious concept meant to captivate the Prime Video audience and redefine the boundaries of storytelling.

While the creative is under wraps, the origin mothership series will function as a fire-starter to ignite the creation of multiple original local language and local production series. All of the local series are meant to enhance the entire entertainment experience and will be available for the viewer to deep dive into an imagined layered world."

So it will start with one "origin mothership series" that will launch a bunch of "local" spinoffs around the world? We're sold, even if we're not quite sure yet what we're buying.

Here's a statement from Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke:
"The Russo Brothers have impacted the pop culture barometer of creative excellence with their vision for both 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Captain America: Civil War.' They brought a level of scale and execution to those films that has raised the bar for audiences everywhere and we can’t wait for them to do the same for us on this project for our Amazon Prime Customer. We are thrilled to be working with Joe and Anthony Russo and their AGBO Studios as they build this incredible, multifaceted, international franchise."

We know the Russo Brothers are about to return for "additional photography" for "Avengers 4," which opens next spring (either early May, or maybe late April). But it sounds like this ambitious series is going to occupy their time after their travels with Marvel Studios. Bittersweet!

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