Avengers: Endgame Directors Are Making A Magic: The Gathering Anime For Netflix

Avengers: Endgame Directors Are Making A Magic: The Gathering Anime For Netflix

Having directed Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and the last two Captain America films, the Russo brothers are looking to bring a new lore to life: Magic: The Gathering.

The Russo brothers–Joe and Anthony–will be creating a new series that focuses on a new Planeswalker, the legendary spellcasters that form the basis of Magic: The Gathering‘s lore.

Netflix aren’t messing around with the writing team, either: along with the Russo brothers, Henry Gilroy (Star Wars: Rebels, The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick) will be heading up the writing, while Isaac Krauss and Mike Larocca will serve as executive producers.

Not much else is known at this stage, beyond the fact that Chandra Nalaar, a human planeswalker who specialises with fire (and, in the world of M:TG, represents the Red playstyle and mages). Being an anime and not a live-action affair should make it easier to bring M:TG to life, irrespective of what plane the animated series takes place in. (The official lore has over 30 natural and artificial planes, ranging from Shandalar, the setting of MicroProse’s M:TG adaptation, to Ravnica, the focus of the recently released War of the Spark set.)

“We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” the Russo brothers said in a release.


  • Does it HAVE to be an anime, though? I get that every other popular card game has one, but imo going with “western” animation would have seemed like a better choice, as it would keep with the established art style of the cards. It’d distinguish it from the other card games with animated shows too i guess.

  • Just to be “That guy” and light a fire and watch everything burn. It’s an “animation”, not an “anime” until such time that they show us the style and execution. In the same way not every console is a “Nintendo”, not everything animated is an “anime”.
    Other self: Yes it is. “Anime” is the Japanese word for “Animation” so technically from the viewpoint of a Japanese person this is an anime.
    Myself: And “aeni” is the Korean term for animation but we don’t see people calling them that, not even when they’re drawn by a predominantly Korean artist team. Using “Anime” in an English society is really just our way of categorising a set of tropes, themes, aesthetics and visual design so you don’t go in expecting something that follows Western culture.
    Other Self: You’re such a weeb.
    Myself: Can’t really argue with that.

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