Avengers: Secret Wars release date, cast, plot, and more

Spider-Man: No Way Home brought in the multiverse for Avengers: Secret Wars to capitalise on
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Avengers: Secret Wars might be a ways away yet, but there's still plenty to sift through as we get closer to the 2026 release date. The film will close both the Multiverse Saga and Marvel Phase 6, which means we can expect something of Endgame proportions when the movie finally releases. If you're looking to get up to speed on everything there is to know about Avengers 6, then you've come to the right place. 

You'll find everything we know about Avengers: Secret Wars below, from our guestimations at what the plot might involve, using the comics as our guide, to the exact release date. No director has been confirmed just yet – though many are predicting Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, could helm the film – but there's still tons to check out below. So, for the lowdown on Secret Wars, look no further than the ultimate guide right here.  

Avengers: Secret Wars release date

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Feige confirmed at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con Marvel panel that Avengers: Secret Wars will be released on May 1, 2026, back from its original date of November 8, 2025. We were supposed to be getting not one, but two new Avengers movies in the same year with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty set to premiere just six months earlier on May 5, but a shake-up in the Marvel schedule has now set the two films a year apart.

"When we were doing Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3, there were [fewer] projects over more years," Feige previously explained of the six-year gap between Avengers: Endgame and the next Avengers movie. "They were smaller projects and individual character stories, and it felt appropriate at that point, that after every two or three years that it took for a phase, we would do an Avengers film."

The Marvel boss also suggested that the larger output from Marvel, including the MCU shows on Disney Plus, lessens the need for a new Avengers film every year – which makes sense given that Avengers members Hawkeye and Wanda, as well as the Avengers-adjacent Loki, were given their own solo show. Each Disney Plus show has set up lore and canon that becomes an official part of the MCU and makes its way into the larger film projects.

Avengers: Secret Wars director

The Russo Brothers

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While Shang-Chi's Deston Daniel Crettin is directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, it's been reported that Marvel is looking for a different director for Avengers: Secret Wars. The move marks a change for the Marvel universe: the first two Avengers movies were both directed by Joss Whedon, while Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were helmed by the Russo brothers.

Speaking of the Russos, they've long said they would want to bring Secret Wars to the screen. However, in an interview with MTV (opens in new tab), the brothers confirmed that they have not yet had discussions with Marvel about taking on the project. "We haven't had conversations with those guys about anything that they're up to because we've been intensely busy with our own schedule," Joe Russo said. The duo's currently expanding The Gray Man universe for Netflix, which will likely take up the majority of their time. We'll update this section when a director is announced.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has also addressed calls for Black Panther and Wakanda Forever helmer Ryan Coogler to direct Secret Wars. "Well, I would want Ryan to do anything at any time because he's a singular talent and a great person to spend years with," Feige told Variety (opens in new tab). "But no, in all honesty, there've been no conversations. We've not spoken to him about Secret Wars."

The movie has, however, found its writer: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Loki writer Michael Waldron has been tapped to pen the script.

Avengers: Secret Wars cast

Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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With Avengers: Secret Wars being so far off, there's no word on who to expect in the cast. However, the 2015 Secret Wars comics that the movie looks set to be heavily based on featured Thor, both Miles Morales and Peter Parker, Wolverine, Captain America, She-Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and so many more. The Beyonder, The Lizard, Magneto, Doctor Doom (in his most powerful form as God Emperor Doom), Molecule Man, and Kang the Conqueror were also big-time villains in the Secret Wars storyline.

Considering Jonathan Majors' Kang will be the main antagonist in Kang Dynasty, we should likely expect him in the immediate sequel. Doctor Doom, The Beyonder, and Molecule man serve as the main three who seek destruction – but it's possible that the storyline will change in order to feature Kang as the ultimate supervillain who condemns the heroes to an eternal fight.

It's also possible, that, because all realities are now possible within the Multiverse, we may see the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, though either actor coming back feels like quite a stretch. We can probably presume, though, that Superheroes with solo projects in Phases 4 through 6 – such as Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Thor, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and Fantastic Four – will show up to try and save Earth.

Avengers: Secret Wars plot

page from Secret Wars (1985)

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There have been two prominent Secret Wars storylines in Marvel comics, the first of which launched in 1984 as part of a collaboration between the comic book-maker and toy manufacturer Mattel, the intention being that they would launch a line of toys alongside a huge crossover event in the comics. The first Secret Wars is therefore considered the first ever official Marvel crossover event with the 12-issue series billed as the ultimate showdown between the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe. 

The story sees a villain called The Beyonder send our heroes to a planet known as Battleworld, in which they are trapped and locked into (seemingly) eternal battle with other villains. Many heroes' storylines are drastically altered, including Spider-Man, who receives his famous all-black costume that ends up being a living alien symbiote – which attempts to take over Peter's mind before attaching itself to Eddie Brock and becoming Venom.

While the original Secret Wars is a much-loved, the MCU seems set to be more akin to the 2015 comic book run that saw the destruction of the Prime Marvel Universe (Earth-616) as we know it. Essentially, The Beyonders – there are many of them – are trying to collapse the Multiverse through Incursions, which is when universes collide and become unstable. The Beyonders are doing this all by using Molecule Man, the only person who exists in basically the exact same context and identity in every world. He's essentially a failsafe whose powers can be activated by the Beyonders, destroying that universe.

However, the Beyonders are foiled by Doctor Doom. However, being a dastardly villain, Doom then reconstructs Battleworld using elements of different universes. Many heroes were drastically changed in the process, though the Avengers eventually come out on top and defeat Doom, who is known as God Emperor Doom. You can read much more about the Secret Wars comics here.

We've already seen the groundwork for this story being laid out. In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange of Earth-838 causes an incursion, destroying his universe and another. The Multiverse itself has now been well-established thanks to the Doctor Strange sequel and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which featured multiple Peter Parkers. 

That's everything we know so far about Avengers: Secret Wars, For much more on the MCU, be sure to check out our full breakdown of all the upcoming Marvel movies and shows coming soon.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.