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.
More than any card/set spoiler, this is the secret thing I’ve had the hardest time keeping a secret: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ directors developing animated ‘Magic: The Gathering’ series at Netflix https://t.co/Mksyortp2I via @ew
— Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron) June 3, 2019
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.