Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie of 2019, and perhaps the most awaited one for fans of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain Marvel, has released in India. While you struggle to book your tickets, co-director Joe Russo has a treat for everybody: he posed for a cover shoot exclusively for THE MAN MAGAZINE'S May issue. He is the man who works behind the camera to give the audience a lifetime experience with their favourite superheroes.
Here are some lesser-known facts about the man of the moment – Joe Russo, the director of Avengers: Endgame.
Joe Russo started off as an actor. He was the lead in Pieces, a film he co-directed with his brother Anthony Russo in 1997. He still does the occasional cameo (“sometimes for fun”) and he uses the stage name Gozie Agbo. His film production company takes its name from this pseudonym.
When he isn’t working, Joe binge watches old and new content. Fargo is an all-time favourite, while recent preferences include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the BBC's Bodyguard with Richard Madden. He confesses he's “as excited as everybody else” about the return of Game of Thrones.
While in Mumbai to promote Avengers: Endgame, Joe checked out a new restaurant every night. From the smoked mutton chops at Arth in Khar to the truffle soufflé at Hemant Oberoi’s eponymous eatery in Bandra Kurla Complex, Joe and his family relished every meal.
Crazy about comics!
Spider-Man is Joe’s favourite comic book character. “I started reading comics when I was around 10 and Spider-Man was only a couple of years older than me in the books,” the filmmaker reveals. “A kid with superpowers who is struggling with his sense of responsibility was a highly relatable concept.”
When Thanos wiped out half the universe with a snap of his fingers, millions of Marvel fans lost their favourite characters. As a filmmaker, Joe was committed to executing the scene as it was scripted but, as a fan, he admits he’d have saved Shuri. “Because she’s so brilliant.”