You can’t argue with success in this town, which perhaps explains why Marvel is turning to its Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron to write Avengers: Secret Wars.
Directed by Sam Raimi, the Doctor Strange sequel grossed $955 million worldwide, far more money than it had any right to make given the quality of that film. Waldron was also the head writer and showrunner on Loki, which lost me early on, but proved to be a hit with Marvel’s loyal fanbase and has already been renewed for Season 2.
Waldron’s hiring means that both of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers movies now have writers, as Jeff Loveness was recently hired to write Avengers: The Kang Dynasty for director Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi), who is not expected to direct Secret Wars. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce both Avengers movies, which will surely gross a billion dollars each, at least.
Marvel news has been coming fast and furious of late, perhaps in an effort to distract from reports that the studio fired its Blade director, Bassam Tariq (star Mahershala Ali is said to be none too happy) and that legend Harrison Ford is either being considered for Thunderbolts or he already passed on the role of General Ross, which will evidently be recast in the wake of William Hurt‘s untimely death. It has been rumored that Ford’s potential casting was nearly announced at D23, but Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy nixed it in an effort to keep fans’ focus on Indiana Jones 5.
Avengers: Secret Wars is expected to hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2025… but that’s only if Waldron can find time in his increasingly busy schedule, as he’s also writing Feige’s secret Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm. He’s represented by CAA and LBI Entertainment, and his hiring was first reported by Deadline.