Following up their success as directors on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Russo brothers are immersing themselves in their new chosen roles as executive producers. No less than five projects, including The Warriors, Quantum and Woody, and Relic, are already moving forward with the Russo brothers as executive producers. Today a new project from the pair was announced - a foray into the world of games - as the Russos announced a Magic: The Gathering animated TV show made for Netflix.
The Russos have said that they're "huge fans" of Magic: Gathering and describe their partnership with both Magic creators Wizards of the Coast and Netflix as a passion project come to life. The card game has a 25-year-old legacy and the Netflix cartoon will build upon its lore in an all-new storyline, while featuring many of the heroes and villains that players like the Russos know well.
Animation for the Magic: The Gathering project is going to be handled by Bardel Entertainment, known for Teen Titans Go, Rick & Morty, HarmonQuest, and Netflix's The Dragon Prince. Writing will come from Henry Gilroy, of Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars fame, and Jose Molina (The Tick and Agent Carter). And the project's supervising director will be Yoriaki Mochizuki, story artist on the recent Lego movies and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Accompanying the announcement was a single teaser image, a glimpse at what the final show's animation style may look like. It's clearly a style of 3D animation, rather than 2D, with a lean towards realism over an exaggerated, cartoonish look. The character isn't immediately familiar, though their flaming head could draw comparisons to the human Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar.
Much remains to be shown from the Magic: The Gathering adaptation, but it's an exciting announcement nonetheless. Magic: The Gathering is a popular, though niche, card game and video game franchise with lots of potential. To see it break out of that niche with a major Netflix show is an interesting possibility.
Of course, that's still a long way off. It may be some time yet before more is shared on Magic: The Gathering as development begins. That inevitable first trailer is bound to be highly anticipated, though.
Magic: The Gathering is coming to Netflix but has no currently announced release window.