Monday 20 July 2020

Russo brothers tease Secret Wars

The Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame) are rumoured to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to direct Secret Wars! The seminal 12-issue limited series from 1984 chronicled Marvel's superheroes and villains as they battled each other for the amusement of the Beyonder.

Joe Russo was equally enthralled by Secret Wars in the mid-eighties.

“It was one of the first major books to do that — that was really event-storytelling to me at its finest. And what happens when you put all of those personalities together.”

Why, after all these years, are the Russo brothers still so enthusiastic about Secret Wars?

“I also like the idea of villains having to team up with heroes. [Anthony Russo] and I like complicated relationships between heroes and villains, we like villains who believe they’re heroes in their own stories, so it’s all sort of built into this notion of Secret Wars.”

“To execute something on the scale of Infinity War was directly related to the dream of Secret Wars, which is even larger in scale.”

As far as I know (comic book aficionados please correct me) Secret Wars was the first mainstream event series that included tie-in merchandise. I remember collecting action figures from Mattel.

What are your memories of reading Secret Wars? Let me know in the comments below.

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