The moment nerds across the planes have been waiting for is finally here! And to be honest, I couldn't be more excited about it. It was reported today, Monday, June 3rd, that Netflix is working on a screen adaptation of Magic: The Gathering. Attached to the project are these guys that directed a little fan film titled "Avengers: Endgame", you might have heard of it. Well those guys will be executive producing the Netflix show. And that's just the tip of the Iceberg.
What I mean by that is that the Russos are going to be working the likes of writers Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Jose Molina (The Tick, Jordan Peele’s Weird City). And if those weren't impressive enough resumes for you; the show has also got Yoriaki Mochizuki (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Lego Movie) on board as supervising director as well co-executive producer. Magic: The Gathering is set to have some of the greatest minds attached to it and it's set to be animated by Bardel Entertainment (Rick and Morty, Teen Titans Go!, and Netflix’s The Dragon Prince). So you just know we're in for one hell of a treat.
Wizards of The Coast and Hasbro couldn't be more happy to see an animated series based on the mythology of the fantasy game come to life. The Russos intend to create an all new narrative and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers. In fact in an article published by Engaget, the Russos are said to be big fans of the classic trading card game: "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," the Russo brothers claimed in a joint statement.
And for those of you who might not know what Magic: The Gathering is; allow me to explain. Magic: The Gathering (more commonly know as just Magic) Is a trading card game where two or more players engage in a "battle" acting as the so-called Planeswalkers (Powerful ass Wizards). Each player has their own deck that he/she builds with cards of their choosing. Your cards count as spells and more that you, a Planeswalker, can cast. They range from Artifacts and creatures to Lands (Mana needed to cast a spell) to items. A game is won when one player gets the others player's "life points" from 20 to 0 through carefully planned attacks. That's the long end short of it.
This show has all he makings of a great series. And if it's animated anywhere near as well as the likes of Teen Titans Go or The Dragon Prince, then we're in for a treat. Because if it's one thing the Russos have proven to the Geekdom, it's that they know how to deliver what fans want.