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A cinema legend is up for directing Avengers: Secret War

Could the Spider-man and Doctor Strange veteran turn fortunes around for the MCU?

A cinema legend is up for directing Avengers: Secret War
Andrew Williams
03 April 2024

Marvel’s cinema output may be on the wane but there’s still hope Avengers could give it a shot in the arm, and one of our favourite film directors is up for the job.

Cinema legend Sam Raimi has made noises that suggest he’s game to direct Avengers: Secret War, currently pencilled in for a 2027 release.

“I love 90% of the Marvel heroes that I’ve read in the great Stan Lee Marvel Universe comic books… I would love to work with Marvel again. They haven’t reasonably asked me to. I hope they had a good experience with me. They haven’t asked me yet. I hope they do,” Raimi reportedly said in an interview with ScreenGeek.

Raimi has been rumoured to return to directing a Marvel movie before, after Hollywood leaker MyTimeToShineH claimed Raimi was the top choice for Secret Wars.

Some of you may still associate Raimi mostly with the Evil Dead franchise, but he has more experience directing superheroes than just about anyone.

As well as directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he was at the helm of the trilogy of Spider-Man films from 2002-2007, which paved the way for what we today call the MCU.

We have another Avengers film to get to before Secret Wars hits screens in a few years, though.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty lost its director, Destin Daniel Cretton, in November 2023, and has now even lost its name. In late February Hollywood Reporter wrote the film was going back to the drawing board.

This is amid not only diminished returns at the box office for Marvel movies, but actor Jonathan Majors’s removal from the MCU, after being charged with assault. For the non Marvel obsessives out there, he played Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The Kang Dynasty isn’t going to fly anymore.

Thankfully, Avengers is not the MCU’s only hope for redemption in the coming months and years. Deadpool & Wolverine is due in cinemas on July 26, and may be able to shed some of the usual MCU baggage.

The Deadpool and X-Men movies were not part of the MCU, and only join the fray in 2024 following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019. Yep, that’s how much superhero fiction is tied to business.