Back in 2019, the Russo Brothers seemed unstoppable. Fresh from the director Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo founded their own studio and said goodbye to Marvel. Or have you?
It didn’t take long for fans and journalists to ask the Russians what project could lure them back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2019 they told Vice versa They wouldn’t mind directing an episode of moon knightbut in other interviews, the brothers expressed an interest in one of the most famous comic book crossovers of all time: Secret Wars.
“It would be the biggest movie imaginable, so that’s what really excites us about the story – the ambition is even bigger than the ambition of the Infinity saga,” said Anthony Russo at the time.
Did they just speculate or did they know something the rest of us didn’t?
Avengers 5: Secret Wars?
Back in 2019, Marvel leaker Charles Murphy shared an updated timeline of upcoming MCU films, including several that have already been confirmed and a few that had no release dates set. Also on his itinerary was a mystery MCU film that was rumored to debut in May 2024.
Of course, Marvel’s schedule has shifted quite a bit, but on May 25, 2022, Murphy stated that the mystery film in question was indeed Secret Wars. But before you get too excited, he adds that due to multiple delays over the past few years, there’s no way the next Avengers movie could be out in May 2024.
Murphy seems convinced Secret Wars will still happen, and Marvel certainly seems to be headed in that direction after that Doctor Strange 2 and all his talk of “ideas”. On the other hand, a lot has changed in recent years. The MCU is currently pulling some potential strings for what could become the next Avengers movie, including the possibility of a Young Avengers team. Could replace this plot Secret Wars?
Whatever Marvel has planned, it’s fascinating to know that the studio once seemed confident it could pull off its next major crossover by May 2024. Today that seems extremely unlikely, but perhaps we shouldn’t rule it out just yet. After all, there’s a big MCU announcement coming up and San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner.
One thing is for sure, though Secret Wars is filmed, the Russo Brothers will direct first.
https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/marvel-leak-avengers-5-secret-wars-2024 Marvel leak reveals ‘Avengers 5’s original planned release date and plot