The Russo Brothers explain why their biggest inspiration is a classic French director

Truffaut is a favorite of the Russos because he brings the full scale of cinematic genres and human emotion together in one film, just like them. “He was the best at balancing humor and tragedy,” Joe told Wired. The same balance can be found in the Russo brothers’ most legendary cinematic moments. For reference, see Tony Stark’s scene in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with the iconic line ‘I love you three thousand’.

The Russo brothers are also heavily influenced by Truffaut’s cynical perspective, “this existential point of view he brought to everything,” as Joe puts it (via Indiewire). This could explain why they chose to work under television doomer Dan Harmon, who directed several key episodes of his sitcom “Community.” Working on the ensemble show taught them how to “add emotional complexity” to a comedic plot with lots of moving parts, Joe explained to Den of Geek. Like Truffaut, the Russo brothers balanced comedy and tragedy in “Community.”

The co-directors were also drawn to Truffaut’s “feel for experimentation,” added Joe (via Indiewire). This may sound a little funny coming from the directorial duo behind Marvel’s greatest hits. Marvel movies are relatively formal, but the Russo brothers themselves laid much of the foundation for that formula. They thrive in a balance of action and comedy, like the unforgettable paintball episode of “Community.” Well-coordinated fight scenes laced with ironic humor keep audiences returning to Marvel movies time and time again.