'Avengers: Endgame' director says he doesn't let expectations distract him: 'We can't predict if people are going to like it'

Marvel StudiosScarlett Johannsson as Black Widow and Chris Evans as Captain America in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’
  • Anthony Russo, co-director of “Avengers: Endgame,” said he doesn’t let expectations distract from “making a movie that excites us.”
  • “We can’t predict if people are going to like it, we just know whether we like it,” he said.

Joe and Anthony Russo have directed Marvel’s biggest movies with this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and its follow-up, “Avengers: Endgame,” which comes to theatres in April. There are a lot of expectations for the movie, but according to Anthony, they don’t let that distract them.

“When Joe and I got hired to direct ‘Winter Soldier,’ that movie was many multiples larger than anything we’d ever done before as filmmakers,” Anthony told Business Insider during its Ignition conference this week. “But the way we work as filmmakers is we have to satisfy ourselves first and foremost. If we’re making a movie that excites us, that’s the best we can do.”

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The Russos went from directing television sitcoms like “Arrested Development” and “Community” to helming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in 2014. That landed them the sequel “Captain America: Civil War,” and then their “Avengers” movies. A swift rise like that comes with new challenges, but the brothers work best when they focus on the task in front of them, Anthony said.

“We can’t predict if people are going to like it, we just know whether we like it,” he added. “That’s how we’ve made every one of our Marvel movies and it’s how we’re making this one. For all of the anticipation and anxiety about it, nothing serves Joe and I better than staying focused on the story we’re trying to tell and telling it the best way we can.”

“Avengers: Endgame” comes to theatres April 26.

Read Business Insider’s full interview with the Russo Brothers here.

Watch the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer below:

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