Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo says sitcoms influenced which characters to ‘get rid of’

Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo has said that his experience of working on sitcoms such as Community and Arrested Development helped him and brother Anthony decide whom ‘to get rid of’.

Before directing four massive Marvel superhero movies, director duo Joe and Anthony Russo cut their teeth in the ‘rigorous’ TV industry for 10 years. What they learnt has gone on to directly influence their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joe has said.

The filmmaker is in India, the first stop in the global press tour for Avengers: Endgame.

“There are certainly parallels,” Russo said at a press interaction in Mumbai Monday. Having spearheaded the directorial voice of popular sitcoms such as Arrested Development and Community, Russo said both the shows and the Marvel films are united by ‘very colourful, well-defined characters’ and the necessity to have a ‘real story discipline and focus’.

He said it is vital to find ‘moments for characters’ and ‘make sure that they have motivation that validates their existence’, before adding a chilling addendum – ‘or you get rid of them’.

It has long been rumoured that several important characters will be killed off in Endgame. Whether it is a deduction based on the knowledge that contracts of actors such as Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans will expire post the film – both of whom have been there from the start – to assumptions based on tweets, there is a strong community of online fandom that is convinced that death is a real possibility.

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