The popular card game was announced to be getting an animated series on Netflix in 2019, and we finally have more details.
Magic: The Gathering is a card game that was released in the '90s, and it has gone on to become a worldwide sensation since then. It has over 35 million players, and with its popularity comes the potential for branching out into other forms of media. In 2019, Netflix announced that the card game would be adapted into an animated series. The Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony, who are behind some of the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be undertaking the adaptation of Magic.
In 2019, the brothers told Variety, "We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us." There have been more updates about the progress of the project. Here's everything you need to know about it.
Coming from the publishers, Wizards of the Coast, the card game is a tabletop as well as an online game in which two or more players engage in a battle acting as powerful wizards, known as Planeswalkers. As per the official website: "Magic is a trading card game filled with strategic battles and unique card decks. But Magic has always been bigger than the box. Whether you're having fun at the kitchen table or battling in high-stakes competition, there's a place for you here." The players are encouraged to improvise on the spot and create a unique world from the cards they are dealt with. It is very reminiscent of Dungeons and Dragons, which is also a role-playing tabletop board game.
The stories of the game are unique and would indeed make a great premise for a fantasy series.
The plot of the series is still unknown and is yet to be revealed by Netflix. There are several possibilities on what the plot may be about, but it is being speculated that the series may just be about the adventures of Gatewatch, a group of the multiverse's most powerful planeswalkers who protect the world from harm.
"Magic is a beloved global franchise with a massively engaged fan base that has only continued to grow over the last 25 years," John Derderian, VP of anime programming for Netflix, stated. "There's no one better suited to bring this story to audiences around the world than Joe and Anthony Russo, whose talent for genre storytelling is unmatched, as is demonstrated by their central role in creating some of the biggest box office hits of all time."
The first details of the casting for the series have come in, and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has been confirmed to be cast in it. He will be voicing the role of the character, Gideon Jura. The Russo brothers have handed over creative freedom of executively producing the show to new executive producer Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime). Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be joining in the capacity of co-executive producer, and story editor, reported The Wrap. More details are yet to be revealed.
Even though not much is known about the series, it has been assured that it will be accessible to even those unfamiliar with the world of Magic.
The series is slated for release sometime in 2022. While there is no trailer yet, the Russo brothers revealed the logo of the animated series during the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.