Which Secret Wars Will Be Adapted in MCU Phase 6?

Which Secret Wars Will Be Adapted in MCU Phase 6? ...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Loki season one are given brief spoilers in this blog.

After much speculation, we now know the names of the next two Avengers films! Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars will conclude Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will begin with Fantastic Four in 2024.

Secret Wars is a surprise in part because it might include four very different storylines. One of the few exceptions is a black-ops scenario involving Nick Fury and SHIELD, which might be integrated into Secret Invasion, following the concept established by the comics.

Secret Wars I

The first Secret Wars was a toy commercial. No, really. Kenner and his company researched and developed action figures based on Marvel superheroes. So, then Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter commissioned a 12-part crossover from 1984 to 1985.

Secret Wars is a toybox story that involves a kid smashing their toys together and making up the plot as they go along. A group of heroes includes the Fantastic Four, half of the Avengers, Spider-Man, and most of the X-Men, as well as heavy-hitters like Dr. Doom, Magneto, and Galactus, transported to a place called Battleworld. Those who have collected heroes and bad guys fight each other for 12 issues before returning to their respective homes.

To be clear, superhero marketing is not new. In the 1980s, kids often read accounts about Wonder Woman or Spider-Man interfering with petty thieves who steal Hostess fruit pies. However, Shooter urged that Secret Wars continue to exist, and that it could cross over into The Amazing Spider-Man, The Uncanny X-Men, and other regular topics.

Secret Wars II

Secret Wars II was a commercial smash, much of which Shooter desired. Along the way, the Beyonder transforms his appearance from a generic white dude with blonde hair to a green leisure outfit, much like Michael Jackson.

Some authors crafted powerful stories in their Secret Wars II crossovers. In the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, Chris Claremont tells a tragic tale in which the Beyonder kills the titular team, exorcises them from existence and restores them with complete awareness of the experience. Others fail to live up to their lofty goals, as when Spider-Man has to teach the Beyonder how to pee.

Secret Wars (2015)

The idea of Secret Wars had a few sequels, including 2006's Beyond!, in which the Beyonder once again brought heroes and villains to fight in Battleworld. Despite the retread of the plot, Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lollis' Deadpools Secret War from 2016 retells the original story from the meta-textual perspective of the Merc with a Mouth.

The best version of Secret Wars for many is the 2015 plot, which was drawn by Jonathan Hickman, drawn by Esad Ribic, and colored by Ive Svorcina. Despite its title, 2015s Secret Wars owes a greater debt to DCs Crisis on Infinite Earths, which began with Fantastic Four but continued in both Avengers and New Avengers.

When Earths from two different universes collide, both universes are destroyed, leading the heroes to think of ways of keeping the Earths apart or destroying the other Earth in their own image. Dr. Doom, the god-emperor, has developed a strategy to recreate the universe in his own image. Only a handful of survivors, including Dooms arch-enemy Mr. Fantastic, can oppose him.

Which Secret Wars Will the MCU Adapt?

It's quite possible that any of the three versions will make it onto the screen. After all, Captain America: Civil War had little more plot than the original Secret Wars, and people still think fondly of the battle scenes in Avengers: Endgame. It's unsurprising for Marvel Comics to follow the lead of Avengers: Infinity War to choose the Secret Wars II route.

Several aspects of the 2015 Secret Wars have already been integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making it the most likely source for the film. Similar to Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the story explicitly references an abundance of alternate universes, leading to the possibility for invasions.

If Feige borrows from 2015's Secret Wars, it raises significant questions about the franchise's future. To be sure, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom will play key roles, as they will be newly introduced in Phases Five and Six. Will Feige recreate the universe? Will we see new actors in the roles of Iron Man, Black Widow, and Thor? We probably wont know for sure until Avengers: Secret Wars arrives on November 7, 2025.

*Full disclosure: I was five years old when these toys were released and I had several of them. They sparked my fascination with superheroes and are probably the reason I write these words today.