Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo are stepping away from Marvel Studios after “Avengers: Endgame” with no immediate plans to return for more films with the company for the next few years.
The pair, who’ve directed four of the biggest films in the franchise, the last two back-to-back, need an understandable break. If they were to return however, it would have to be for something big and recently they reconfirmed to MTV News their desire for an adaptation of the ‘Secret Wars’ storyline from the comics:
“I keep saying Secret Wars ’cause that was one of the first books that I really fell in love with as a kid…this notion of event storytelling. That’s part of the reason that we gravitate so strongly towards these event films and these ensemble films is that the notion that you can contain so many different characters, and so many different points of view, and galvanize them around a story point is really compelling to us.”
In that twelve-issue crossover story, Marvel heroes are pulled into the alternate, wartorn dimension Battleworld by The Beyonder where it becomes a battle between a team of heroes (Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic 4 & Spider-Man goodies) vs. villains (Doctor Doom, Ultron, Doc Ock, Enchantress, Kang, Klaw, and in part Galactus).
The storyline, along with DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, birthed the cycle of major crossover events tied to comic book lines.