Secret Wars was one of Marvel‘s first major line-wide crossover events. It was a titanic tale of a godlike being called the Beyonder bringing together the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Spider-Man, with some of their greatest foes: Magneto, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Kang the Conqueror, Doctor Octopus, and others. It took place on the patchwork planet known as Battleworld. This event had many sequels and recreations, the most popular and recent of which was Secret Wars (2015), where Doctor Doom recreated Battleworld with the pieces of destroyed universes.
There have been rumblings of Secret Wars coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel fans are left to imagine how this beloved story will be recreated and reimagined for the big screen.
10 Faithful To Jim Shooter And Mike Zeck’s Secret Wars
The first possibility for MCU Secret Wars is a more-or-less straightforward faithful adaptation of the original Secret Wars by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck. The Beyonder would arrive, bring together Battleworld from countless planets, and unite the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. The heroes would unite and fight the villains and the Beyonder, Doom would steal the Beyonder’s power, and then the heroes and villains would have to work together to beat Doom.
It would be an excellent way to introduce the three teams to one another if/when the MCU finally introduces the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to the movies. It’s likely that the cast of characters would be at least a little different from the Secret Wars cast of the comics, especially if they decide to keep Steve Rogers as an old man. Conveniently, the Iron Man in Secret Wars was actually James Rhodes already.
9 Faithful To Jonathan Hickman And Esad Ribić’s Secret Wars
It could also be a more-or-less straightforward adaptation of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribić’s Secret Wars from 2015. Doctor Doom would attain godlike power from either the Beyonders or Molecule Man, unite pieces of several universes, be defeated by a coalition of heroes from across the multiverse, and the multiverse would be reborn in the aftermath.
This could not only introduce Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and other multiversal characters to the MCU, but it could also be a good excuse to recast Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and anyone else that needs swapping out. Again, the principal characters may be a little different, but the idea could remain the same.
8 Kang The Conqueror And LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2
Kang the Conqueror has been another character rumored to arrive in the MCU soon, and the LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 videogame actually provides a decent roadmap for how Kang could arrive and recreate his own version of the famous Secret Wars story. In LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, Kang creates Chronopolis–which could easily be renamed Battleworld–from several locations across time and space.
Kang’s reason for doing so is finding an enemy worthy enough to fight him. Again, it could be a good way to introduce Miles and Spider-Gwen, and it could provide an opportunity to recast some of the characters with aging actors.
7 Secret Wars Meets Contest Of Champions
The Contest of Champion’s story isn’t actually all that different from Secret Wars in terms of plot, and the setup is already there. The Grandmaster and the Collector have already been introduced, and the Collector was presumably killed by Thanos in Infinity War. In the comics, the Grandmaster starts the Contest of Champions as a gamble against Death. Should the Grandmaster win, Death resurrects the Collector.
The ensuing story pits heroes from across the globe against one another to gather pieces of the “Golden Globe of Life.” This could take place in a patchwork world like Battleworld and involve villains, and it would practically be Secret Wars already. Death could be replaced with a Beyonder too.
6 Introducing Doctor Doom
Alternatively, Doctor Doom could make his first appearance in the MCU through his own Secret Wars. He could kidnap heroes and villains from across the globe and make them battle in arenas for his amusement.
It wouldn’t be too far from Avengers Arena (which itself was inspired by the film Battle Royale), but it could still make for a solid if a stripped-down version of Secret Wars.
5 Introducing Galactus
Galactus could arrive in the MCU in his own version of Secret Wars too. Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, would arrive and bring together his own patchwork Battleworld and force champions from various alien species to fight for survival.
The losers have their planets consumed while the victors get to live. This would make Galactus far more sadistic than the aloof godlike being we know and love, but it would still make for a solid Secret Wars tale.
4 Return Of The Infinity Gauntlet
Instead of being by design, the Secret Wars of the MCU could be an act of cosmic accident. With the Infinity Stones having been destroyed by Thanos in our timeline, they could naturally reform and draw together pieces of various planets in the event.
It would then be up to the heroes of Earth and other planets to take the Infinity Stones and set things right before a villain such as Doctor Doom or Kang the Conqueror claims the Stones.
3 The Celestials Arrive
It has been a part of Marvel lore since Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.’s rendition of Eternals that the Celestials will one day return to Earth and past judgment on our people.
The MCU could turn this event into a Secret Wars scenario where the Celestial pit Earth’s greatest heroes against its most evil villains to see if Earth is worthy of survival.
2 The Kree-Skrull War
The MCU could also hybridize Secret Wars with the Kree-Skrull war. With Earth home to so many powerful beings, the Kree and the Skrull could start abducting them to use as super-soldiers against one another.
It would be up the kidnapped heroes and villains of Earth to break their bonds and end the Kree-Skrull War…or at least their unwilling involvement in the conflict.
1 Avengers Vs. X-Men
Finally, Secret Wars could be the first meeting of the Avengers and the X-Men. As such things tend to be in superhero comics, this battle could be an all-out war between the two teams. It could also be an orchestrated war between a powerful villain–the Phoenix Force, Apocalypse, Shadow King, or Vulcan being good choices.
Of course, the Avengers and the X-Men would eventually come to their senses and battle the manipulating villain.
Now that the MCU is looking to start another chapter of their movies, The Secret War seems to be a favorite as the next big project.