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‘To Be Clear, There’s No Story’: Did Russo Brothers Just Dash Fan Hopes on MCU’s Secret Wars Saga?

The director duo, Russo Brothers, i.e. Joe and Anthony Russo recently sat down for a direct and cut-to-the-chase interview with The Direct regarding their plans and visions for the next upcoming project in collaboration with Marvel Studios. Still basking in their latest release of Netflix’s big-budget action film, The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas, it seems an unreliable option to consider anything MCU-related coming out of the directors anytime soon.

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Russo Brothers: Joe and Anthony Russo

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The Russo Brothers’ Contribution to the MCU

During its formative phase, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hired Joss Whedon to bring the Phase One chapter to a close with the superhero movie, The Avengers in 2012. After that, the fetus era of Marvel had come to an end and we experienced the envisioning of the Avengers truly assembling on-screen for the first time in cinematic history since the launch of the Marvel comics.

The Russo Brothers on the set of Avengers Infinity War with Chris Evans
The Russo Brothers on the set of Avengers: Infinity War with Chris Evans

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2014 witnessed the Russo Brothers enter the arena in all their glory and remove all residual qualms about the direction of MCU with their bone-chilling, heartbeat-escalating 2-hour-long delicacy that was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Nothing had come close to the script, plot, action, music, costume, narrative, and drama of that movie and with it, the director duo established a stranglehold over the Marvel fandom as they continued to direct the superhero franchise toward accomplishing its very own glorious purpose.

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A still from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) — Russo Brothers’ MCU directorial debut

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Are the Russo Brothers Planning Avengers 5: Secret Wars?

If Avengers 5 were to happen, it would need tremendous alteration of the current timeline which is highly likely headed towards a Young Avengers era, with Kate Bishop, America Chavez, and Ms. Marvel at the helm. However, Secret Wars implodes that narrative and revolves around the destruction of all existence and a patchwork world made of alternate realities.

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MCU graphic representation of Secret Wars

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The Secret Wars timeline will truly be something to behold if adapted into a cinematic arc. Especially in the hands of the Russo Brothers, the story would make a tsunami impact on the MCU narrative, reaching farther and branching wider than even the Infinity Saga timeline. However, when asked whether the duo were in talks with the Marvel Studio regarding a future project, they answered in the negative:

“No. We’re not. You know, we haven’t had conversations with those guys about anything that they are up to because we’ve been intensely busy with our own schedule. We just always answer truthfully when we’re asked, ‘would you work with them?’ Of course we would. We adore them. ‘What would you like to do?’ Secret Wars was our favorite series growing up, you know? And then I think it always gets turned into a bigger story. But to be clear, there is no story.”

The Gray Man premieres on Netflix on 22 July 2022.

Source: The Direct