Jim Shooter, one of the iconic authors of the Marvel Comics universe, reveals that he had a recent interaction with Marvel Studios regarding the production of a possible adaptation of the “Secret Wars” comics.
What’s this Secret Wars ?
From May 1984 to April 1985 Marvel Comics has released a series of twelve comics titled Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars. Written by Jim Shooter and illustrated by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton, this comic has over time become a key part of the history of La Maison des Idées. The concept is simple. A mysterious character, the Beyonder, has selected a whole team of superheroes and a whole team of villains to face each other on an inhospitable planet: Battleworld.
Secret Wars is considered the first series that crosses elements of the usual Marvel Comics series. To summarize more simply: this is the first crossover in the history of Marvel Comics. The comic also had repercussions on the sequel’s sequel. Indeed, this story introduced the costume of the black symbiote of Spider-Man, the first Spider-Woman and when the Thing remains on Battleworld, it is She-Hulk who replaces him in the team of Fantastic 4. Subsequently, the concept was reused and transformed through many other similar crossovers. the last of which dates back to 2015 and saw Doom take control of the multiverse.
Soon an adaptation to the cinema?
Secret Wars would thus have its full place in a film adaptation. It’s a concept that lends itself perfectly to the cinematographic genre. A meeting on screen, between the greatest heroes and the greatest villains, has something pleasurable. At the convention MegaCon, Jim Shooter has revealed that he believes Marvel Studios is close to developing an adaptation of Secret Wars. The author has stated that he has in the past been contacted by Marvel Studios to write a novelization of Secret Wars. But when he reviewed the contract, it seemed to be more complicated than expected. Jim Shooter ultimately turned down the offer.
David Bogart, former vice president at Marvel Entertainment, then rectified the contract to offer $ 10,000 to Jim Shooter. The latter then asked if all this meant that Marvel Studios was preparing a movie. Secret Wars. David Bogart said he could not reveal such information. Jim Shooter then simply replied: “You just did it”.
Even though there is nothing official about it, this story suggests that Marvel Studios is seriously considering adapting the comic Secret Wars on the big screen. It must be said that this plot has something to excite the fans. In addition, the parts of Secret Wars seem already hidden in the various productions of the firm. Jameela Jamil should logically play the role of Titania in She-Hulk. And this is a protagonist who is born during Secret Wars. The action of Spider-Man: No Way Home and of Doctor Strange 2 should set up the multiverse and therefore potentially a myriad of fighters from other universes. Finally, Marvel Studios could use the concept of this cult comic to introduce the X-Men, Deadpool or the Fantastic 4 in the MCU. In any case, all Marvel Comics readers are hoping to see the crossover one day. Secret Wars be suitable for cinema!