After Marvel films 'Infinity Wars' and 'Endgame,' Joe and Anthony Russo are set to executive produce a Netflix animated series on the worldwide phenomenon of 'Magic: The Gathering,' joining forces with the streaming giant, Wizards of The Coast, and Hasbro’s Allspark Animation.
This will be the first time in the iconic franchise’s 25-year history that 'Magic: The Gathering' will be reimagined as a series. The Russo brothers, being fans of the card game themselves, will oversee the creation of an all-new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, which are Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.
“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,” said Joe and Anthony Russo. The announcement, along with a teaser key art, was made on various Netflix social media accounts this week and had all the Magic fanboys excited.
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS. pic.twitter.com/vljlEtl0Mq— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 3, 2019
Created in 1993, the Magic franchise has connected with over 38 million fans over the last 25 years and has been published in eleven languages and played in over 70 countries. Magic: The Gathering’s compelling characters, fantastic worlds, and deep strategic gameplay have entertained and delighted fans for decades, and Magic is experienced through the tabletop trading card game, the new digital game Magic: The Gathering Arena, a New York Times bestselling novel, critically acclaimed comic book series, and professional esports league.
'Magic: The Gathering' on Netflix will feature creative talent from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Firefly, Agent Carter, Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Lego Movies.
“Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years,” said John Derderian, head of Anime programming for Netflix. “There’s no one better suited to bring this story to audiences around the world than Joe and Anthony Russo, whose talent for genre storytelling is unmatched, as demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time.”