With The Avengers coming out in a month and Iron Man 3 culling together its cast, it seemed like only a matter of time before we got some news on Captain America 2, which apparently original director Joe Johnston has decided to step away from. Marvel Studios has an excellent track record so far of hiring fan favorite, or at least damned interesting directors for its properties, having nailed Joss Whedon and Jon Favreau in the past, so all eyes were turned to the company for word on who made their short list for the hotly anticipated follow up. And all eyes kind of looked quizzically to the side when they found out who they're actually looking at: F. Gary Gray, George Nolfi and Anthony & Joseph Russo.
Fans might recognize Gray as the director of the original Friday and the above-average hostage thriller The Negotiator, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Nolfi made his directorial debut last year, after contributing to the screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's Twelve, with the Matt Damon sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau. And Anthony and Joseph Russo? They're writers on NBC's "Community" and co-directed You, Me and Dupree (and the underseen Welcome to Collinwood) which makes them damned weird choices. They must be amazing in a pitch meeting.
Vulture declares that these folks are the frontrunners for Captain America 2, making us extremely curious to hear who got nudged out in their favor. Marvel is taking additional meetings with these directors in the hopes of making an official decision in mid-April. In theory, of course, this could all fall through. (Remember the Thor 2 incident?) But we may also have to get used to the idea that the sequel to last year's All-American blockbuster will be helmed by directors custom-made to raise the anxiety levels of comic book fans everywhere.
CraveOnline will be back with more Captain America 2 news after Tom Shadyac gets involved.