As acclaimed filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo ended their four-movie success with Marvel Studios in 2019 Avengers: Endgame, rumors say the two directors are leading a new Marvel Cinematic Universe. The siblings are said to have entered talks with Marvel Studios in 2020 to direct an unspecified feature, with speculation indicating the project would be an adaptation of the epic crossover event. Secret wars. But with three different comic book stories released by Marvel featuring the Secret wars nickname, what story would be best suited to bring to the MCU?
The original Secret wars launched in 1984, written by Jim Shooter and illustrated by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. An omnipotent being, known as Beyonder, took the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man, along with their vast array of villains, with the simple instruction to fight for supremacy. The showdown took place over a composite realm, dubbed Battleworld, made up of portions of planets around the cosmos. Although Doctor Doom managed to seize a fraction of the Beyonder’s cosmic power, he and the villains were defeated, and everyone returned home afterward, including Spider-Man in his new costume. of alien symbiote.
The original 1984 story is most likely to get the big screen treatment, with Shooter even claiming that he was approached by Marvel to secure the rights to some characters he co-created, including Beyonder. Joe Russo previously observed that he enjoyed reading the original Secret wars comedic as a kid and would consider returning to Marvel Studios to direct a story adaptation. And with Secret wars bringing together Marvel’s biggest superhero teams to work together, an MCU iteration of the crossover has the chance to even overtake even End of Gameambitious scope.
The success of Secret wars sparked a direct sequel the following year with Secret Wars II, written by Shooter and mainly drawn by Al Milgrom. History has seen the Beyonder come to Earth and attempt to live among humans, with heroes and villains scrambling to prevent the Cosmic God from inadvertently destroying the world or taking advantage of his omnipotent power. With Marvel Studios expanding its plans to include the original Disney + series, an adaptation of these events could make for an interesting TV series after presumably introducing the Beyonder to the MCU in a feature film, with some kind of fish out of aquatic comedy as a premise.
Another distinct possibility for a film adaptation is the 2015 crossover event. Secret wars, written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Esad Ribic. This version of the story saw all of Marvel’s different universes blend together and be reborn in a new incarnation of Battleworld led by Doctor Doom. A selection of heroes and villains survived this convergence, toppling Doom and restoring the Multiverse. With the MCU gradually becoming a full-fledged multiverse, as evidenced by Spider-Man: No Path Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, these multiversal elements could come into play for a possible film adaptation.
Marvel Studios plans to bring mutants and the Fantastic Four into the MCU, with No way home Director Jon Watts is set to direct the MCU’s first film starring Marvel’s First Family. A Secret Wars movie would be the perfect way to not only reunite the Avengers after the game ends, but also introduce them to both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. End of Game setting a bar for the MCU and the story best suited to surpass it while playing in Marvel Studios’ multiversal plans could be Secret wars.
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