It seemed as if the Russo Brothers had been snapped away from the Marvel Cinematic universe, after they announced they would no longer be working on Marvel movies after Avengers: Endgame.
Some thought they might turn up in the DC Extended Universe, but it looks like they’re headed to Netflix.
For an anime.
Of Magic the Gathering?!
Here’s the official announcement tweet from Netflix…
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
— Netflix Geeked @ SDCC #NetflixSDCC (@NetflixGeeked) June 3, 2019
Here’s more from ComicBook.com…
According to new details about the series, Anthony and Joe Russo will executive produce the series. In a newly released statement, the pair shared how excited they are to work on the series and confirmed they are lifelong fans of Magic: The Gathering as well.
“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 duo said.
So far, there are few details out about the project, but it will focus on the expansive world of Magic: The Gathering and its Planeswalker, which are described as “Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”
But is at actually anime?
Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but we do have some concerns about the project.
The first being the teaser image of Chandra Nalaar, which is obviously CGI… and very western looking. It might not be indicative of the final animation itself, but it’s clearly not what I would call “anime.”
The series is being animated by a company called Octopie Studios. Geeky has done some sleuthing (as she often does) and it seems that Octopie is now home to several former Machinima staffers.
Machinima created the Transformers: Combiner Wars “anime” that ran on their YouTube channel. It even shares some of the same staffers as Netflix’s Magic the Gathering.
Of course, Machinima got obliterated in the first wave of mergers and cuts at Otter Studios, which has now been rolled into Warner Media. Other Otter Media divisions include Crunchyroll, VRV and Rooster Teeth. (And the word on the street is more cutbacks are coming — possibly even to Cartoon Network.)
Octopie has its own YouTube animation channel. We went looking for “anime,” but this was as close as we could find…
Well, it’s closer to anime than this, anyway…
I mean, there’s no way to know what the final animated series will actually look like. But if you’re expecting a straight up, 2D Japanese anime it will likely not be Magic the Gathering.
Still, having the Russo Brothers involved says something, right?
Maybe it’ll be awesome?
Here’s our initial video reaction to the news.