Still riding high on the mammoth success of Avengers: Endgame, one would think just how can the Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony) top its success? Well, on paper, it seems that has been taken care of. The Russo brothers are now headed to Netflix for their next project where the streaming giant is collaborating with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast for the first-ever Magic: The Gathering TV series.
To make things clear, the Russos will only be serving as the executive producers of the show but of course, executive producing a series makes the show what it is. Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter) will serve as lead writers and co-exec producers on the anime series. An episode order and length of each installment has yet to be determined as Netflix, the creative team and Magic: The Gathering parent company Wizards of the Coast — who will produce — will let the storytelling drive those decisions.
The Russo brothers — who have been fans and players of what is considered a nearly $1 billion franchise trading card game — will oversee the creation of an all-new storyline and expand on the stories of M:TG's famed Planeswalkers — the franchise's magic-wielding heroes and villains — as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.
It is being said that the main goal for Netflix and Wizards of the Coast is to expand the series into a probable franchise ahead which will further feature multiple series too. Launched in 1993, the Magic franchise counts a massive 38 million fans, with cards published in 11 languages and players in more than 70 countries. Hasbro acquired M: TG parent company Wizards of the Coast in 1999 for $325 million. As of 2017, Wizards comprised 7 percent of Hasbro's $12 billion market cap, with the latter valued at an estimated $840 million (according to the former's 10-K SEC filing). In the past few years, Wizards and Hasbro have made a play for eSports and launched a new comic book miniseries, among other endeavors.