It’s been three long years since Marvel Studios graced San Diego Comic-Con. The last time he did, the line of Avengers: Endgame was still being felt among the Marvel faithful. But now, in 2022, Marvel’s fifth Avengers movie has finally been revealed, and baby, it’s the big one.
Inside the epic Hall H panel on Comic-Con Saturday, Marvel’s Kevin Feige revealed Avengers: Secret Wars, the next big Marvel crossover movie and the fifth Avengers film. With the Multiverse unfolding throughout Phase 4, Secret Wars is set to finally bring it all together in a two-part event with The Kang Dynasty.
What is the plot of Avengers: Secret Wars?
Longtime Marvel fans might have shivered when they heard the name “Secret Wars.” The film is inspired by two different comics: Secret Marvel Superhero Wars from 1984-1985 written by Jim Shooter, and a second Secret Wars from 2015 by Jonathan Hickman. Both crossover events involve Battleworld, a planet with elements from every universe in the Marvel Multiverse. Both titles also bring together as many heroes from the Marvel Universe as possible into a single event.
In the Secret Wars from 1984 to 1985, a cosmic entity named Beyonder kidnapped Marvel’s many heroes and villains and forced them to fight on Battleworld, which he stockpiled with alien weaponry.
The 2015 Secret Wars was a little different, though. Designed by Marvel to merge its mainstream canon with the “Ultimate Marvel” parallel universe, the 2015 Secret Wars introduces “incursions” — cataclysmic events in which two realities collide.
The MCU hinted at Secret Wars in various ways throughout Phase 4. The franchise’s abundant obsession with the multiverse – which finally allows Marvel Studios to incorporate previously unavailable characters from competing studios – led to the introduction of forays into as a known phenomenon. Reed Richards, played by John Krasinski, has lectured to MCU audiences about forays into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Another major clue to Secret Wars came in Tom Hardy’s post-credits cameo, as Eddie Brock/Venom, in Spider-Man: No Coming Home. At a Mexican bar, Eddie leaves behind a small sample of the alien symbiote, which moves in just before the film cuts to black. For a sentient goo from outer space, going from Mexico to New York to infect Peter Parker isn’t a tough trip.
As readers of Marvel comics know, Spider-Man got his signature black suit when he came into contact with the symbiote during the events of ’84-85. Secret Wars. The cover of Secret Wars #8 featuring Spider-Man in the Black Suit is arguably one of the most iconic covers in comic book history. (Even though Marvel created the costume to sell more figures.)
With Marvel’s plans for the future of the MCU’s Phase 5 finally revealed at Comic-Con, Secret Wars is no longer so secret.
What is the Avengers: Secret Wars release date?
Avengers: Secret Wars will arrive in theaters on November 7, 2025.
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