At Comic-Con this past week, Marvel laid out a plan for the future that has fans rightfully excited about what’s to come from this studio. While there had been speculation around where things were heading for the MCU, with a number of different rumors about possible stories to adapt, nothing had been set into stone. Until now. It looks like we are going to be getting some major, and highly-anticipated productions coming down this pike to bookend Phase 6 before it’s all said and done. And the one that will wrap everything up is going to be Avengers: Secret Wars which could end up being the biggest Marvel movie ever. That’s really saying something considering what we got with Avengers: Endgame.
Let’s take a look at everything we know about Avengers: Secret Wars, who could show up, what story they might adapt, and much more. Again, this could be one of the biggest productions yet so there’s a lot to explore when it comes to this movie.
WHAT IS AVENGERS: SECRET WARS BASED ON?
The title Secret Wars has been used a few different times during the Marvel comic book run with the plot loosely constructed around the same idea. The first time it was issued was in 1984 when they released a series over the course of a year that got nearly the entirety of the Marvel universe into the pages before it was all said and done. This story was pretty insular in that a being called the Beyonder brings all of Earth’s superheroes and villains into his digs, Battleword, and essentially makes them compete against each other for amusement. It sets up all kinds of character interplay and dynamics, drawing on the history of Marvel to inform how some of the characters behave and the allegiances that are formed. For fans, it was a huge hit.
Then, in 2015 John Hickman took the Secret Wars title again though this time the story had a significantly different bent and feel. It was the culmination of a number of different storylines within the Marvel universe that involved all sorts of different timelines and Multiverse worlds. In this story, the Multiverse is collapsing (sound familiar) and incursions are threatening basically all of the realities. As all versions of Earth collapse on each other, the only place left is Battleworld which is now run by Doctor Doom. The world is sectioned off with fragments of different universes and there’s been something of a system set up here around who lords over each one.
As far as an adaptation is concerned, Avengers: Secret Wars will likely be at least loosely adapted from the Hickman story seeing as how they’ve already been setting up issues within the Multiverse for this story. Now that we know about Incursions thanks to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and things aren’t looking stable along these lines it should at least be the basis for the story.
Plus, we know that the movie prior to Avengers: Secret Wars is Avengers: The King Dynasty which will probably set into motion the series of events that begin to collapse the Multiverse. It’s already happening, but when Loki happened and Kang was sent back to his original form, it opened the door for this to happen.
WHO WILL APPEAR IN AVENGERS: SECRET WARS?
The easy answer could be: everyone. Because this is the culmination of Phase 6 we can already begin drawing parallels in size and scope between Avengers: Secret Wars and Avengers: Endgame. The latter movie wrapped up a number of storylines and, by the end, had nearly everyone involved when they were all snapped back into existence by Banner.
But in terms of who will actually show up in Avengers: Secret Wars this time around, we are likely a bit too far off to know exactly how it shakes out. Some safe assumptions are that the Fantastic Four will be heavily involved seeing as how they had a major part in the original series and that movie will kick off Phase 6 for Marvel. And Doctor Doom is likely to either be making his first appearance or at least working towards a final standoff with this group of heroes.
That being said, there is a chance within the plot mechanics for the 2015 version that we don’t have to have the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe involved with Avengers: Secret Wars. With the Multiverse collapsing, not everyone ends up making it to Battleworld, meaning the story there could be hand chosen in terms of what folks make for the best overall arc. It’s unlikely, just because of how things are shaping up in Phase 5 and Phase 6 that we have a 1:1 telling of the Hickman story anyway. So there’s plenty of leeway in terms of who shows up.
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One thing that is sure to happen over the next few years is rumoring around Marvel characters making heralded returns as well. With the Multiverse, anything is possible and this would be one of those scenarios where bringing past stars into the mix could work.
WHO IS DIRECTING SECRET WARS?
While we don’t know who is directing Avengers 6, it looks like to start we know who won’t be in the big chair(s). Despite mentioning they had an interest in the prospect, Marvel head Kevin Feige has said that the Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony, won’t be back for the fifth or sixth installment. It’s a shame considering how they basically called it a dream project. Check it out:
They had helmed both Infinity War and Endgame as well as Civil War, which were all massive wins, and handled the prospects of many different Marvel characters in a movie all at once with a deft touch. Feige ruled the director team out of the running, saying they were busy with their own movie along those lines. So the door is open for someone or someone-s to take on the projects.
WHEN WILL AVENGERS 6 HIT THEATERS?
Though there is still plenty of mystery around Avengers 6 we do know at least one thing for sure. The flick will hit theaters on November 7, 2025. That’s six months after the release of Avengers 5, The Kang Dynasty. So we know at least that these two epic films will essentially roll out back-to-back for fans.