Joe and Anthony Russo announced that they were “retiring” from making superhero movies after the upcoming ‘Avengers 4’ and who can blame them? That film and this year’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ are the most ambitious comic book movies ever, with a cast of dozens of big stars. But the pair recently announced that they could be lured back, to work on a movie that could be even bigger– ‘Secret Wars’.
Joe Russo remarked that the pair wouldn’t be back… “Not until they make Secret Wars.”
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Published in 1984, ‘Secret Wars’ brought together Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four (well, three of them) and the X-Men. These heroes, plus Magneto, were whisked off to Battle World, a planet cobbled together from parts of other planets (including Earth) which would be the battleground in a war between the heroes and their enemies. The series was meant to promote a Mattel toy line of the same name. In fact, the name was provided by Mattel after testing revealed that little boys liked the words “Secret” and “Wars.” The series included a few significant developments, including the first time that James Rhodes operated as Iron Man alongside the Avengers, Magneto joining the X-Men, his longtime enemies, and the introduction of Spider-Man’s black suit, which would later become the villain Venom. (In actuality, Mattel simply wanted a second suit for the Wall-Crawler so they could produce another action figure.)
While the book, written by Marvel’s editor-in-chief Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton, hasn’t aged that well, it is still fondly remembered, particularly among ’80s kids. With Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox and the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’, it looks as though a ‘Secret Wars’ movie could materialize, but it may still be a few years off.
Would you like to see what the Russo Brothers can do with a ‘Secret Wars’ movie?