Russo Brothers Discuss Gray Man and Winter Soldier Similarities

Writer-director duo The Russo Brothers have shared their take on the similarities between their first MCU project, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and their latest project with Netflix, The Gray Man.

Considered one of the most well-written and directed MCU films ever, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the Russo Brothers’ ticket to creating more projects under the Marvel banner. They ended up directing three more MCU films after that—Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. 

Russo Brothers’ Discuss Gray Man and Winter Soldier Similarities
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If Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) was creatively their best, Avengers: Endgame (2019) blew through everyone’s expectations and became the highest-grossing film of all time, later toppled over by the re-release of Avatar. But with Endgame’s blockbuster success, the Russo Brothers had made their mark on the superhero genre and returned to their roots.

Before taking the helm of Winter Soldier, the Russo Brothers had stuck to creating sitcoms like Community and Arrested Development. Now taking a break from their superhero films, they have decided to focus on heroes who aren’t super and have returned with Netflix’s new project, The Gray Man.

The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney’s 2002 novel of the same name, features a CIA agent who learns the dirty secrets of the supposed good guys and has to go on the run to escape his former work colleagues. 

An innocent man framed wrongly? A dangerous mission against the world? Trying to expose an intelligence agency as the bad guy and being declared a criminal to cover up a possible truth reveal? If all this sounds familiar, you have seen this previously in The Winter Soldier.

Russo Brothers’ Discuss Gray Man and Winter Soldier Similarities
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The 2022 film stars Ryan Gosling as CIA agent Court Gentry, the hero who has put his life at stake to show the mask behind which his organization lies. Chris Evans takes the opposite role of the hero-like Captain America and plays the villain’s role, Lloyd Hansen. The film also stars Regé-Jean Page, Ana de Armas, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thorton.

In an interview with Screen Rant, the Russo brothers discussed the similarities in the movie and explained the consistency in the story with Winter Soldier. 

They’re companion pieces in a lot of ways. They’re action-thrillers that deal with very current thematics [like] espionage and deal with characters with very emotionally complex situations. And they’re both globe-trotting.

The Russo Brothers also explain that they were writing Gray Man while shooting Winter Soldier, which explains the story and their choice of actor in Chris Evans. But after extending their contract with Marvel, they had to shelve the Gray Man for a while.

The Gray Man is not the only film in which the Russo Brothers have reunited with their MCU stars. Netflix’s Extraction, in which they had a hand in the writing process, starred Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Cherry featured Spiderman: Far From Home actor Tom Holland.

About The Gray Man

The Gray Man is an  American action thriller film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who both produced the film with Mike Larocca, from a screenplay co-written with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney.

The film follows the story of one CIA agent Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) who uncovers his organization’s dirty secrets and now is on the run to escape from the hands of his former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans).

Produced by the brothers’ company, AGBO, the film is set to commence a newly developed franchise based on the novel and stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the lead roles, marking the fifth time the brothers’ collaboration with Evans following the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie will also star Indian filmstar Dhanush.

About Jujutsu Kaisen Manga On Break! Chapter 138 DELAYED Due To Artist’s Illness

With the Shibuya incident, the world is more vulnerable to the threats of the cursed spirits.

The Jujutsu elders sentenced death penalty to the sorcerers responsible for this, and even fan-favorite Gojo sensei is exiled from the Jujutsu world.

Fans are looking forward to Chapter 138 to know if Yuta agrees to kill Itadori, and it will be interesting to see how Sukuna reacts to the execution order of his host.

But it seems that we have to wait a bit longer to read the next chapter.

On Friday, the official Twitter account for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen manga is on break this week due to the mangaka’s sudden illness.

Thankfully, Akutami has now recovered, and the manga will resume serialization with its 138th chapter on February 15.

“Jujutsu Kaisen” was scheduled to be published in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 10 (sold on February 8th), but it will be suspended due to the mangaka’s sudden illness.

Gege Akutami says, “I am now in good physical condition and will resume serialization from the next issue, issue 11 (sold on February 15). Thank you for your understanding.”

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This chapter may give us more details regarding the seal that imprisons Gojo. But is a seal enough to suppress his immense power? The mangaka is keeping us in darkness, and all we hope for is to see our favorite sensei back in the pages.

Jujutsu Kaisen manga has gained a considerable amount of popularity since the premiere of its anime adaptation.

Currently, it has more than 20 million copies in circulation, and this number is expected to rise even higher as the manga gradually heads towards a probable civil war in the Jujutsu world.

About Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen, also known as Sorcery Fight, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2018.

The individual chapters are collected and published by Shueisha, with eleven tankōbon volumes released as of June 2020.

Viz Media published the first three chapters for its “Jump Start” initiative and published the print series starting in December 2019.

An anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA has been announced to premiere in October 2020.

Source: Screenrant

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