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Avengers 4 Directors Done With Superhero Films Unless It’s Marvel’s Secret Wars

Avengers 4 duo Joe and Anthony Russo won't make another superhero movie until Disney is ready to spearhead Marvel's Secret Wars.

Last night’s special Q&A with Joe and Anthony Russo continues to yield all sorts of fascinating tidbits relating to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Case in point: over on Twitter, Jeremy Conrad of MCU Cosmic relayed a brief update from the Russo Brothers, who told Collider that, after Avengers 4, they’re officially retiring from the superhero movie business… at least until Disney is ready to spearhead a live-action adaptation of Marvel’s Secret Wars.

Having been heavily involved in the inner workings of the MCU since as far back as The Winter Soldier, it’s no surprise that the Russo Brothers are ready for a short hiatus. What’s more, their joint interest in Marvel’s Secret Wars has been long documented, with many believing that the cosmic IP would be the logical next step for the directing duo once Avengers 4 has come and gone.

Per Twitter:

A big-screen rendition of Secret Wars would undoubtedly be a marquee blockbuster for Marvel Studios going into Phase 4, as it would open up the door to the X-Men and their mutant affiliates once the Disney-Fox merger is fully consummated. There is still much work to be done, then, but in a previous interview, Joe Russo name-dropped Jim Shooter’s impressive crossover as one of his all-time favorites.

That was a big comic for me as a kid. I had all of it. I think that was probably the most important book to me.

So, if nothing else, Collider’s screening of Avengers: Infinity War last night reaffirmed the pair’s interest in Secret Wars, and given their glittering track record, we imagine Disney and Marvel Studios will want to hold on to the Russo Brothers long after Avengers 4 arrives on May 3rd, 2019. And fair warning: the first teaser trailer is imminent.

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