About Us

About Us

Brian Grodzki


Brian is the co-founder, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of The Direct. He has been creating content for online fan communities while fostering their growth since 2013. Brian attended Lehigh University, which is where he met The Direct's co-founder, Jack, and graduated from the school with a Civil Engineering degree in 2019. He has an extreme passion for creating and facilitating the creation of all forms of online content that enriches people's lives. (Read More)

Jack McBryan


Jack is the Co-Founder of The Direct, starting the company with Brian in September of 2019. He is the CTO of the The Direct, focused on building the thedirect.com. He graduated from Lehigh University in 2019 with a degree in computer science. Jack is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting his journey with Iron Man and has seen every movie since Iron Man 2 in theaters. Despite this love of the MCU, Jack has not read many Marvel comics. Jack is an avid reader, with his favorite book series being The Wheel of Time, Mistborn, and The Stormlight Archives. (Read More)

Aeron Mer Eclarinal

MCU and STAR WARS Writer 

Aeron is a news and features writer for The Direct who also has a stint in writing pieces for MCU Exchange. His passion for the superhero genre began from watching Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, but it wasn't until learning the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through The Avengers that led him to religiously read all things superhero from several media sites to study the genre. He recently started co-hosting a podcast for MCU Exchange. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA as well as other franchises such as DC and Star Wars. (Read More)

Andrew Gilman


Andrew is a writer for The Direct who has an immense passion for Star Wars. Currently a college student at the University of Central Florida, he studies Human Communication and dreams of writing and directing a Star Wars trilogy of his own one day. When he’s not lost in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, Andrew can be found cheering on the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Rays. (Read More)

Ben Osborne

THE DIRECT Content Lead and Managing Editor

Ben is a Content Lead and Managing Editor for the Direct, who joined the company in May of 2019. His role consists of creating images for The Direct, as well as posting on the respective social media channels, and overseeing and coordinating The Direct's editorial activities. (Read More)

Caitlin Cook

MCU and STAR WARS Writer

Caitlin is a writer for The Direct, joining the team in March 2020. She graduated from Duke University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Master of Arts in Clinical/Community Psychology. Caitlin currently works as a college instructor. She has had a lifelong passion for writing, which she one day hopes to turn into a career. Caitlin has loved all things Marvel and Star Wars since she was a kid, and is excited for the opportunity to combine so many passions into one! (Read More)

Elliott Gembler

THE DIRECT Content Lead

Elliott is a Content Lead for The Direct, and joined the company in May of 2019. He lives in London, United Kingdom and works full-time in the social media industry. He specialises in social media management and graphic design, with his role at The Direct consisting of both as well as overseeing a wide range of content output across all channels. He graduated from university with a Football Business and Media degree and has an ever-lasting passion for various sports, especially football. He is also the Founder and Content Lead at utdreport, a Manchester United based social network. (Read More)

Jack Pues


Jack is a writer for The Direct who was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He currently attends the University of North Florida and plans to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and minor in Political Science. Although he has no past experience in the writing/content creation field, he is a passionate Star Wars fan and hopes to illustrate this in his articles. He is a dedicated cinephile and sports fan. After years of expanding his creative abilities through hobbies like tap dancing and exploring new films, he is eager to gain new experience working with The Direct. (Read More)

John Ross Bradford

MCU Writer 

John Ross Bradford is a writer for The Direct who is very passionate about all things Marvel. Growing up right as the Marvel Cinematic Universe was first being established created an opportunity for him to grow alongside it, and he still enjoys every piece of it that made the MCU what it is today. John Ross loves to follow the most intricate details that Marvel Studios hides within their work, and analyzing the potential that they hold for the MCU. He also enjoys sharing his passion with his friends, which he does through a small Facebook fanpage for Marvel that he maintains in his free time. (Read More)

Julia Delbel

Julia hails from the Greater Toronto Area in Canada and is a news and features writer for the MCU branch of The Direct. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies and in addition to Marvel loves Disney, DC, TV, theater, and more. (Read More)

Kevin Grodzki

THE DIRECT Content Creator

Kevin is a content creator for The Direct who currently studies Economics and Political Science at Bucknell University. Kevin hopes to preserve The Direct's reputation through the creation of unique content for its website and social media outlets. While he has a fondness for MCU and Stars Wars entertainment, Kevin's love for video games can not be surpassed. He has a special love for Nintendo, with "Super Mario 64", "Mario Party" (1-7ish), and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" as some of his favorite games. (Read More)

Lauren Rouse


Lauren is a writer for The Direct in Sydney, Australia. She has worked in film, television and streaming and has a Masters degree in screenwriting, (she is also available to write the next Star Wars movie just FYI). Lauren is a fan of all things pop culture and can often be found at theme parks, playing video games, watching too many TV shows or lining up overnight at San Diego Comic-Con. (Read More)

Liam Crowley

MCU Writer


Liam Crowley is an MCU Writer for The Direct who studies broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University. There, he works as the Entertainment Director for his campus television station, CitrusTV, while also holding on-air positions as an entertainment host, reporter, and news anchor. Outside of the MCU, Liam loves movies like Step Brothers and The Wolf of Wall Street. In his free time, Liam loves to listen to his favorite artists, The Weeknd and Juice WRLD, while also maintaining diehard fandoms for professional wrestling and his beloved Boston sports teams. (Read More)

Liam McDonough

MCU and STAR WARS Writer

Liam is a writer for The Direct who deeply enjoys writing, especially about things that he's passionate about. His non-MCU and Star Wars interests include action figures, sitcoms, and making the perfect peanut butter and banana sandwich. (Read More)

Matt Roembke

MCU and Star Wars Writer & Content Creator

​​​​​Matt is a writer and content creator for The Direct who has 10+ years of storytelling experience. Matt has a self-proclaimed “unhealthy obsession” with all things Marvel, Star Wars, Sports and Entertainment. If you engage him in conversation about any of those topics, prepare for an earful. He graduated from Ball State University with degrees in both Visual Communication and Social Media Promotion. (Read More)

Pamela Gores

MCU Writer

Pamela is a writer for The Direct who is majoring in Writing & Rhetoric and minoring in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She’s worked for multiple on-campus publications with a focus on editing and hopes to use her skills as a copy editor for a magazine or publishing company one day. When she isn’t typing on her laptop, you can find her listening to The 1975 on Spotify or at your local concert hotspot. (Read More)

Pete Hernandez


Pete is a writer for The Direct, versed in Digital Marketing by day and a human Marvel/Star Wars/Sports encyclopedia by night. He’s written for sites like FanSided and discovered his passion for writing via his roots as a fan of the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Oakland* Raiders. When not writing, he’s developing his photography skills, reading a great page-turner, or exploring more of New York City (home of his namesake Peter Parker). (Read More)

Pierre Chanliau

MCU Writer

Pierre Chanliau is a news and feature writer for the MCU branch of The Direct. They previously worked as an editor and writer for MCUExchange for nearly two years. They’re currently pursuing a career in the video game industry as a producer or narrative designer, but in the meantime, they're getting paid to write about superheroes. In their spare time they like to watch Michael Schur shows on repeat, while writing fiction no one will publish. (Read More)

Richard Nebens


Richard Nebens is a writer for all three divisions of The Direct, specializing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all of its happenings. He lives in South Lake Tahoe, California, owns a restaurant, and loves playing video games, watching movies, spending time with his wife Malari, and cheering on his professional LA sports teams. (Go Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, and Kings!) Richard has loved the MCU since its inception in 2008, he started writing with MCUExchange in summer 2019 before joining The Direct in 2020, and he is so excited to be a part of the CBM/movie news world for a long time! (Read More)

Ryan Eder

MCU Writer

Ryan is a writer for The Direct and a current History major at Lake Forest College with a background primarily in academic writing. His love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rivaled only by the love he has for sports and his family. Ryan has been a fan of the MCU since its humble beginnings in 2008 and loves what it represents as both an iconic franchise and as a way for people all across the world to be connected through its unparalleled storytelling. (Read More)

Savannah Sanders


Savannah is a writer for The Direct from Goreville, Illinois. Savannah has worked as a freelance writer for various entertainment and travel websites, such as ScreenRant and the TouringPlans Blog, and teaches high school history and government. When she's not wrangling teenagers, Savannah enjoys studying film and politics and planning her next trip to a Disney theme park. (Read More)

Tom Drew

MCU and STAR WARS Writer

Tom is a writer for The Direct who has previously co-hosted a self-described “extremely popular and awesome” film review segment on BBC Radio Berkshire and makes the occasional video compulsively dissecting new film releases. He also really likes Spider-Man. When he’s not scouring the web for hot scoops, Tom enjoys illustrating, hunting down brick-based deals and catching Pokémon. (Read More)

Trey Tobias

MCU Writer

Trey is a writer for The Direct who recently graduated from college with a film and television degree, focusing on screenwriting. It was the MCU that largely inspired him to pursue screenwriting, with Trey hoping to one day write a film as perfect as Avengers: Infinity War. When he's not watching TV at home, he can be found performing improv comedy at local comedy clubs. But don't tell him I said that. He thinks it's embarrassing. (Read More)