Of course, the less optimistic way to say it is that the sibling directors of the basic cable-haunting comedy You, Me and Dupree might direct Captain America 2. But why make ourselves sad?
Though The Avengers has yet to hit theaters and debut Captain America's new jammies, Marvel is moving quickly to sort out what next to do with our most jingoistic shield-based superhero. As reported by Vulture, studio head Kevin Feige is expected to select a director for Captain America 2 by as early as the middle of next month, and already the candidate pool is said to be down to three (or four, if you count directing duos as two): Anthony and Joseph Russo, F. Gary Gray, and George Nolfi.
As mentioned, the Russos are brother co-directors (why are there so many of these?) known mostly for their work in the cult television world. Their pilots for Arrested Development, Running Wilde, and Community helped to define what those series would grow into before their premature cancellations (good luck, Community!). Unfortunately, their last feature was You, Me and Dupree, which was not a very good movie. No one has ever said, "Captain America was decent enough, but I'd like to see the next one go in the direction of Owen Wilson moves in and HE JUST WON'T LEAVE!" I somehow doubt the Russos would say that either, though, so they seem like a reasonable enough choice. No odder than Jon Favreau directing Iron Man or Kenneth Branagh directing Thor, at least.
Meanwhile, there's also Friday director F. Gary Gray in the running. His last two films were Law Abiding Citizen and Be Cool, and after those turds, he could definitely use a career pick-me-up. But shouldn't that pick-me-up really be earned through the close examination of yet another Friday? Look deep into your Ice Cube and you'll know it's true.
Finally, there's George Nolfi. His only directing job is on last year's The Adjustment Bureau, though he has writing credits on Ocean's Twelve, The Bourne Ultimatum, and more. Like The First Avenger director Joe Johnston, he would probably do a dutifully competent enough job on the film, but he would probably also keep complaining about how much better Matt Damon would throw a shield.
So, what do you think of the options? Who should be instructing Chris Evans on his motivations for pouting?