With Avengers: Infinity War just a couple weeks away the directors of the biggest MCU event in history are already being asked “what’s next”? Anthony and Joe Russo were probed about the possibilities for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while they are only speculating at this time, they did tease the possibility of bringing the saga of Secret Wars to the big screen which would incorporate the likes of the Fantastic Four and X-Men.
In an interview with French publication Linternaute, Infinity War co-director Joe Russo pointed to one possible way to pull off a big-screen version of Secret Wars. “If Disney’s takeover of Fox goes through, there’s a lot more characters to work with all of a sudden,” he noted. “It might be interesting to do something like Secret Wars…”
Something of this magnitude would rely on the merger that is now happening between Disney and Fox to inevitably get finalized. Disney CEO Bob Iger has publicly said the proposed buyout could take two years, but keep in mind Marvel Studios has already reserved release dates for unnamed movies through 2022. This pushes us well into Phase 5 of the MCU.
Originally published between 1984-1985, Secret Wars united most of Marvel’s key heroes and villains for an epic event maxi-series. However, considering Russo is talking about a sequel to the current MCU, he is most likely inferring a potential adaptation of 2015’s Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribić. So instead of having a massive crossover that would include The Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four being teleported against their will by cosmic entity called the Beyonder to a planet called Battleworld, it would instead revolve around revisiting the more recent Secret Wars; incorporating newer elements and alternate timelines of the Marvel Comics Universe.
Specifically, 2015’s Secret Wars had Marvel’s classic “Earth-616” universe merging with the Ultimate Universe. This sounds more in line when you consider what would have to be done to logically meld both the current Disney/Marvel universe with 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties. A big-screen version of this could ultimately lead to a streamlined reality.
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