Endgame Director Explains Marvel and DC’s Many Multiverse Movies

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo talks about the multiverse trend emerging in films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2.

Joe Russoco-director of Avengers: Endgame, opens with the growing trend of the multiverse in movies. Marvel recently opened the doors to the multiverse, starting with Marvel and if… on Disney+, which introduced audiences to the Guardians of the Multiverse, a team of heroes brought together from different universes to stop Ultron from taking them all down. The Marvel Cinematic Universe expanded on these ideas in Spider-Man: No Coming Homewhich sees previous iterations of Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, return when a spell goes awry, opening up the multiverse. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessslated for release in May, fully embraces the multiverse, already giving audiences little teases, like the new trailer featuring the voice of Patrick Stewart, presumably as Professor X/Charles Xavier.

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Russo is no stranger to the world of comic book films, having co-directed several with his brother, Anthony Russo. The two directors first entered the realm of superheroes in 2014. Captain America: The Winter Soldierwhich they followed with 2016 Captain America: Civil War. After tackling the huge showdown of heroes seen in Civil warthe Russos were cast as Marvel’s most ambitious films to date, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. End of GameThe massive battle, bringing together all of Marvel’s heroes, helped the film become the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time. However, Spider-Man: No Coming Home is now hot on its heels as the multiverse trend proves profitable.


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Speaking to DICE 2022 (via IGN), Joe Russo spoke about the lack of innovation in corporate agendas. Russo compared the diary to companies that get wind that people enjoy chocolate ice cream, saying: “Well, here’s chocolate ice cream with sprinkles, here’s chocolate ice cream with fudge… It’s their job to turn on the ticket printer.” Placing some responsibility on the creators, Russo added, “It’s the creative’s job to say, ‘Well shit, I don’t know if I want to watch this.'” While also stating that too much of one thing can be harmful, he said, “I think there are enough creators and innovators in the space where you can expect to be surprised.” Check out Russo’s comments below:


“The company’s agenda is: do you like chocolate ice cream? Well, here’s chocolate ice cream with sprinkles, here’s chocolate ice cream with fudge… That’s their job. ‘turn on the ticket printer. It’s the creative’s job to say, ‘Well shit, I don’t know if I want to watch this.'”

“So yeah, too much of a thing is a bad thing, but I think there are enough creators and innovators in the space where you can expect to be surprised. Don’t expect the companies surprise you.”


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Marvel is heavily invested in the multiverse, as it will likely have profound implications in their current phase of film and television projects beyond Doctor Strange 2with things like Loki season 2 and What if… season 2. The success of Spider-Man: No Coming Home further proves that the multiverse and nostalgia can be profitable, but it also reinforces Russo’s comments, because Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would have undergone reshoots to add more characters because of this.

Marvel isn’t the only studio capitalizing on the multiverse trend, as DC is also set to step into the realm with the next one. the flash film, which is expected to feature both Ben Affleck and Michale Keaton returning to the role of Batman. Russo’s comments carry even more weight as movies outside of the comic book realm also seek to embrace the concept of the multiverse, such as a recently announced Blue’s clues film which will feature all of the show’s previous hosts. As audiences continue to clamor for more, the multiverse trend is likely to continue, reinforcing Russianthe preoccupations.

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Source: DICE 2022 (via IGN)

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: November 11, 2022
  • Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: February 17, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: July 28, 2023

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