It seems like, in the past week, Wizards of the Coast has suddenly increased their brisk announcement pace to the speed of a fighter jet. Right after the heavily anticipated MTG Doctor Who crossover was finally released two weeks ago, we were suddenly greeted with the Play Booster, arguably the biggest change that Magic has experienced over the past decade.
If that wasn’t enough, despite The Lost Caverns of Ixalan spoiler season beginning tomorrow, the MTG Fallout First Look was suddenly announced to appear on Thursday. Showcasing some incredibly unique cards that offer powerful effects with beautiful designs, this set makes the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout come to life on the tabletop.
Even with all that going on, we somehow received an even bigger announcement out of the blue today. Hasbro will be collaborating with Marvel to bring the world of superheroes into Magic: The Gathering.
Magic X Marvel
Announced suddenly on Monday, October the 23rd Hasbro revealed a collaboration between Magic and Marvel that, in the words of Wizards of the Coast, has been “years in the making.”
This collaboration between Hasbro and Marvel involves multiple sets, with the closest tentpole release for the collaboration hitting store shelves in 2025:
“The first tentpole Magic set based on Marvel’s fan-favorite characters and epic stories will appear globally in 2025, with additional all-new exciting sets for multi-generational fans to collect and play.”Bastion PR
Right now, we do not have information on how many tentpole sets this collaboration will create, but it is very clear that this collaboration between MTG and Marvel will be a multi-year, multi-set ordeal.
Super Heroes and More?
Alongside the sudden announcement of Magic’s newest Universes Beyond collaboration was a short trailer announcing the new partnership. It’s clear that players should be expecting cards depicting heroes from the late Stan Lee’s legacy like Captain America, Spiderman, The Hulk, and more.
Additionally, there are a lot of clear lines for what could become various MTG sets. For example, the Avengers could be a set all of their own. This could be followed by a set surrounding the X-Men. Heck, I could see the Guardians of the Galaxy becoming a Secret Lair.
Notably, upon the reveal of the new collaboration, many MTG players were hoping that Star Wars would not be too far behind. While Disney does own Marvel, Star Wars is technically not a part of it. This collaboration, however, definitely seems like a very reasonable possibility in the future.
What About Lorcana?
Considering that Disney owns Lorcana, MTG’s newest competitor, some players are shocked to see this collaboration come to light. Releasing back in ___, Lorcana explores the world of Disney’s animated characters like Mickey Mouse, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Mermaid, and much more. Interestingly, Magic and Lorcana do play rather similarly.
While a collaboration with Marvel is certain, and a potential crossover with other Disney IPs is a lot more reasonable now, we may never see a collaboration between Magic and Walt Disney’s original creations. This, of course, if not a certainty, the the fluffiness of those cartoon worlds and Magic, at least in my opinion, may not crossover too well.
That’s All For Now!
While the Magic and Marvel collaboration is official, there’s very little information as to what exactly this multi-set, multi-year project entails. For now, expect the first tentpole MTG Marvel set to appear sometime in 2025. Lord of the Rings was considered a tentpole crossover as well, so these sets could be fully draftable. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Marvel and Magic fans alike already appear to be flocking to these announcements with excitement. It’s a heck of a time to be an MTG player.
If you want to read more about the MTG Marvel crossover, you can find Wizards of the Coast’s official announcement here.