Although Secret Wars was only confirmed during Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation on Saturday, the project has been rumored to be in development for years now. It is a film that directing duo, Anthony and Joe Russo have described as their dream project, calling it an ambitious story that they adored growing up. Last year, a report circulated suggesting the Russo brothers were thought to be negotiating a return to Marvel Studios with many thinking it would be to helm a Secret Wars film down the line – especially following their handling of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. That, however, does not look to be happening.
Following the huge Hall H presentation on Saturday, Kevin Feige briefly talked to Deadline about the Russo brothers and the next two Avengers films. Unfortunately, for those hoping to see the duo direct Secret Wars and/or Kang Dynasty, it doesn’t look as though it’ll be happening. Feige was asked about the possibility and went on to explain that, while Marvel Studios loves the Russo brothers and they love the studio, Anthony and Joe Russo are not attached to direct either Avengers title.
“They are not connected to it,” he said. “They have been, I think, very direct about that. I think they were… we love them, they love us, we wanna find something new together, um, but it’s not this.”
Feige’s words, of course, do suggest we will see the brothers return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though. Just not for the next two Avengers films. With a slew of projects still to be announced for Phase 6, perhaps there’s something else they find themselves attached to soon enough. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars will hit theaters on May 5th, 2025 and November 7th, 2025, respectively.