Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo want to make Secret Wars.
During an interview with Deadline, the directing duo revealed that it’s actually their dream Marvel project… but wouldn’t confirm whether it’s actually on the cards.
“Our love for Marvel is based on the books that we read as kids, the books that we fell in love with,” said Joe. “The one series that we adored growing up was Secret Wars.”
Secret Wars was first published in 1984 as a twelve-issue limited series, an ambitious comic book crossover event that teamed The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and others as they were taken by an alien entity to a place known as Battleworld.
It also introduced the symbiote which would later become known as Venom.
How would all this transpose to the big screen? Well, it looks as though the Russos imagine it as a double feature, much like Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
“It’s incredibly ambitious,” he added. “It would be bigger than Infinity War and Endgame. But it’s a massive undertaking. Those two movies were very hard to make. So, trying to imagine making another two movies even bigger than those two? We’re going to have to sleep on that.”
The Russo brothers have been asked about Secret Wars for years, often giving cagey answers that suggest there’s more to the idea than a mere suggestion.
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But the fact that they now think of the project as “two movies” could be a giveaway that there’s something in the pipeline. Even if Kevin Feige is often quick to dismiss the rumors.
“I’ve seen those rumors as well,” said Feige. “Why is everyone talking about that now? That’s what I want to know. I think one person writes about it, and then another person writes about it, and then everybody’s writing about it, and then it’s happening.”
Still, he recently revealed that we’ll learn more about the MCU’s next big saga “in the coming months.” What that will be remains a bit of a mystery. But if it’s going to top the Infinity Saga, it’s got to be something big… and Secret Wars sounds like the perfect candidate.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.