SALT LAKE CITY — Joe and Anthony Russo are done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unless a specific storyline becomes available for filming.
What happened: The Russo Brothers, who directed “Avengers: Infinity War” and "Avengers: Endgame," said in a Q&A back in December that they were done with superhero movies unless they could adapt Marvel’s “Secret Wars” storyline, according to ComicBook.com.
- “Hopefully they’re about to get their hands on a few of (Fox's Marvel characters),” Russo said. “Listen, my second favorite character growing up, and one of my prized possessions in my comic book collection is Incredible Hulk #181, which of course is the first appearance of Wolverine. I feel like the mission of the Marvel Universe is to keep expanding and surprising people. Surprise them with casting choices, surprise them with story choices. If we’re moving into this world of crossover events, certainly that affords opportunity for other large-scale stories from the books like Secret Wars — which was another favorite comic of mine as a kid. There’s big potential moving forward if the Fox/Disney deal closes.”
Secret Wars: “Secret Wars” is a storyline that began in 1984. It was the company’s first crossover event. There was a second Secret Wars in 1985. Marvel reworked the event and brought it back to the comics back in 2015, too.Comment on this story
- The storyline included an all-powerful character named the Beyonder sending off many of the Marvel Universe’s major heroes and villains to Battleworld, where they were told to decide whether good or evil was the best force in the universe.
- The more recent storyline created a Battleworld based on the comic book company’s multiple universes.
Possible?: Fans believe the Secret Wars storyline would offer Disney an opportunity to bring in all the Fox-owned superhero characters, like those of the “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” franchises.