In 2025, Magic the Gathering will make its biggest collaboration since Lord of the Rings. The iconic heroes like Ironman, Hulk, and Thor will get their own Magic cards. In this article, you’ll find everything we currently know about MTG Marvel set as well as predictions on what we possibly might expect.
MTG Marvel Set – Current Information
Apart from the fact that this collaboration is coming up, not much info was shared. However, here’s what we know for certain.
While the exact release date for this set isn’t known, the set will release sometime in 2025, so two years from now. Thus, this first look came quite early, but that’s probably because there are two big companies involved. It just wouldn’t do if some information got leaked early.
Another thing we know is that this is going to be a big release, so similar products as with Lord of the Rings set. This means you can expect Play boosters, Collector boosters, Bundles, and Commander decks. Of course, there’s probably going to be some additional things, such as Secret Lairs, and so on.
It’s interesting that Marvel (Disney) decided to go with this, given that they have a whole bunch of their own card games from Lorcana to Marvel Snap. However, they apparently decided to play nice.
“Trading cards have always been a part of Marvel’s DNA, so this collaboration takes that experience to a whole new level. With the depth that our storytelling and characters bring to the table, we can’t wait for fans to see how the Marvel Universe translates seamlessly into gameplay within these Magic: The Gathering products and sets for years to come.”Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Comics and Franchise
MTG Marvel Spoilers
Currently, no spoilers for this set are available. We can probably expect them in 2025, but perhaps some will also be sprinkled in during 2024. However, we can already make some educated guesses and predicitons.
MTG Marvel Predictions & Speculation
We know how Magic the Gathering tackles a big franchise collaboration, thanks to the Tales of Middle-earth products. Marvel also is a known entity with their focus in their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and comics. Based on that, we can make predictions of what each company will bring to the table for this set.
Note that, these are still just that – predictions. Some are more and other less likely. It doesn’t mean that they’ll come true. Neverhtless, here are some of our most likely theories.
Marvel Commander Decks
Most likely, there will be 4 Marvel Commander decks, since we’ve seen that for each other Universes Beyond set. Each of the 4 decks, might represent a faction in Marvel. But how will they split their heroes and villains?
It makes sense for 3 decks to be split into:
- X-Men & Brotherhood of Mutants;
So, the two largest Marvel organizations with a variety of villains put together. Quite similar to the Doctor Who Commander decks.
Now it may seem strange to combine X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. However, many members of both groups have worked for both sides. Besides, they also worked together in many storylines, such as the Krakoa Nation. So it makes sense to combine them into one mutant deck.
But wait, what about the fourth deck? Well, here are three options, with the first two being more likely.
The Fourth Deck
The first idea is a deck focusing on street level heroes that don’t have direct ties to larger groups like Avengers or X-Men. I feel this is the most likely option due to the popularity of Daredevil and his new series coming out. So maybe the deck would be tied to the Defenders. (Speaking of which, here’s a fun fact: the Defenders were originally led by Doctor Strange.)
With other popular heroes like Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and non-Defender heroes such as Spiderman or Moon Knight, this would be a great option for fans. This also allows a chance to split the multiple versions of Spiderman between decks, with Peter Parker in an Avenger deck and Miles Morales in the street heroes deck.
Another option is a deck focusing on aliens. Skrulls, Silver Surfer, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Galactus as a main commander would be interesting. An alien deck would provide a large variety of characters to work together.
A final theory is magic-based heroes and villains. However, too many can fit into the other three decks, which makes it less likely.
You can find more information about MTG Marvel Commander decks here.
MTG Marvel Mechanics
Of course, we don’r know the mechanics yet, but there are so many that would be a perfect fit. It would be very surprising if none of those would appear in the set.
We have been seeing an increase in flip (transform) cards since they were introduced in Innistrad, and Caverns of Ixalan have brought many new ones and even a commander that focuses on them with Tetzin, Gnome Champion. Many heroes and villains make sense for this, especially villains like Doctor Connors and the Lizard or Norman Osborn and Green Goblin. Their normal personalities vary greatly from their villainous personalities.
A hero and sidekick pairing is a great option for the alternate commanders in the precons. Imagine piloting a deck with Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. There’s also Groot and Rocket Raccoon, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and tons of others.
They could also make a mechanic similar to friends forever like Bjorna, Nightfall Alchemist, but tied to specific superhero groups, allowing a commander deck to have two X-Men or two Avengers as their commanders.
Auras & Equipment
There will likely be a focus on auras and equipment. Equipment makes sense for Captain America’s shield or Mjolnir. And auras can be a great way to represent powers, such as gamma radiation or being bitten by a radioactive spider or being infected by a symbiote.
I feel we might see a return of the role cards we saw in Wilds of Eldraine. It makes sense to have roles such as mutants, villains, heroes, or aliens come into play to modify characters. While maybe not the most popular of mechanics, many enjoy using it for political reasons in commander or other formats with more than two players.
Specific Heroes and Villains
Similar to the Lord of the Rings set, we can expect multiple versions of the same character. They could appear in both Commander decks and boosters. On top of that, a character could be represented on both s rare and uncommon card in the booster set.
Captain America is one of the most inspirational heroes, so it makes sense for him to be someone that buffs other creatures. Maybe someone similar to Odric, Lunarch Marshal but tied to counters, similar to Perrie, the Pulverizer.
Ironman would have to be built around equipment cards. Lowering equip costs while buffing himself for each equipment equipped makes perfect sense for him. For colors I feel red/blue makes sense for an intelligent person that’s known for being mentally unstable.
We’ve seen an increase of cards that work with creatures with deathtouch, such as Ohran Frostfang,and I hope we see a true deathtouch commander in Black Widow. Perfect plan for a famous assassin. I feel black or black/green would make sense for this idea.
Clint Barton and Kate Bishop will probably use similar archer cards. I see Clint as green/red and Kate as green. Most archers are green with reach. I see them both having different abilities where you pick one to trigger when they attack or block, to represent the trick arrows they use. Clint could also instead buff other archers to represent him training Kate.
For Hulk and Bruce Banner, I expect a flip card similar to Civilized Scholar but with the ability to flip between the two. Blue Banner that could flip when you draw twice or discard, or if he takes damage. And then a red Hulk that flips back if he goes a turn without attacking.
I hope they print so many different versions Spiderman. Parker, Morales, Stacy, Reilly, O’Hara, and even Rek-Rap. Especially Rek-Rap. I want a Spiderman tribal commander deck. I’m not sure on exact abilities, but I expect green/white for some of them and reach.
Given how difficult it is to kill Deadpool, it makes sense for Deadpool to either regenerate, or come back from the dead at your upkeep or end step.
Wolverine, while similar to Deadpool, is different enough with his adamantium skeleton that I feel his card would have indestructible. I can see him as a Jund legendary similar to Kresh the Bloodbraided where he can also get counters from creatures dying. They’d probably need to limit the amount of counters to balance the indestructible ability. Or perhaps just make its casting cost high enough.
I see Daredevil being red-white, or also with a touch of black. He’s striving for law and order, while also having a violent temper underneath his lawyer facade. He’ll be an aggressive attacker, likely with a focus on getting abilities like menace and double strike.
Elekra would be a fun ninjitsu commander. Possible black-white if they use the most recent versions of her where she becomes Daredevil.
With Ms. Marvel, I’m kind of hoping they’ll use the comic version over the MCU version, even though I love both. The comic abilities will be interesting with her being able to buff her stats as she shapeshifts.
Villainous Heroes or Heroic Villains?
I’m interested to see which version of Loki they’ll have given how many versions appear in different comics. They might do the God of Stories, to match with the recent Loki series. If they did this version, I feel they’ll focus on having him buff other creatures and be in Bant colors. If they went for a more classic comic Loki the trickster, a Dimir card would make more sense. Perhaps it could create copies of itself or other creatures, or give you a way to cast spells from your opponents.
Venom starting as an aura and fliping into a creature would be amazing. He’s the symbiote aura that attaches to a creature and then flips into Venom. It makes sense for Venom to be a black card and then have a similar black-red card for Carnage. Both will likely get counters when creatures die, but each symbiote uses the counters in unique ways. Venom could use them to get stronger, and Carnage uses them to deal damage or destroy creatures.
For the Lord of the Rings set, we didn’t have any planeswalker cards. But I feel that might change with the MTG Marvel set. It could use non-planeswalker characters on planeswalker card, similar to the D&D. (Like Zariel, Archduke of Avernus, for example.)
Doctor Strange or Dormammu would make for interesting planeswalkers. Dormammu could focus on creature buffs. Similar to how he gave strength to Mordo in older comics when he couldn’t directly affect Earth. Doctor Strange would be a great Azorius or Jeskai planeswalker. His theme could be copying instants and sorceries or letting you cast sorceries at instant speed.
Do you remember how the D&D set used Gods as planeswalkers? It would make sense for Marvel to do the same with gods like Odin. He would be a great fit for a Abzan planeswalker. He would care about tokens and sacrifice them. Perhaps in order to buff other creatures or with a focus on +1/+1 counters.
We might see Mephisto as a red-black planeswalker, focused on goading or gaining control of creatures. That would represent his role as a manipulator, which is how he appeares in most story lines.
I feel Command Tower as the Avenger Tower or the Baxter Building is a given.
I’m hoping they’ll reprint the Battlebond lands such as Sea of Clouds or Luxury Suite. They’re such great commander staples, with tons of room to connect their names to Marvel characters. Sea of Clouds would be a good fit for a S.H.I.E.L.D. carrier. Vault of Champions could be the Doom family crypt.
We can expect lands to represent Marvel landmarks such as the Xavier Institute or Latveria. I can see Latveria being focused on creating Doombot tokens. And the Xavier Institute could let you draw and discard cards or scry to represent a place of learning.
Krakoa as a land that either becomes a creature or kills your opponents creatures will fit the versions of the island before and after the X-Men took over.
We can’t have every creature be a legendary hero or villain. A set needs commons and uncommons to fill the booster packs.
I expect they’ll introduce some Dinosaurs tied to the Savage Land. Or perhaps reprint some from one of the Ixalan sets.
We can expect some new artifact creatures, such as Doombots, Spider-Slayers, Sentinels, and Ultron minions. I expect some Ultron cards that create tokens or copies of themselves. Sentinels will likely be large artifact creatures that can exile other creatures or deal damage on attacks. Doombots might have the ability to die to regenerate other creatures or take damage instead of another creature, similar to how they’ll die to protect Doctor Doom.
We can expect grunts from the big organizations like A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D, S.W.O.R.D, or H.Y.D.R.A.. (So many acronyms!) While many I see as basic fodder cards, they might be part of some larger themes. For example, A.I.M. members would care about artifacts or equipment. On the other hand H.Y.D.R.A. cards might mess with opponent’s creatures, representing sleeper agents.
There are tons of demons related to Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and similar magical heroes. Thus, we can expect some weaker ones to fill out uncommons and some rares.
It’s safe to say we’ll see the Infinity Stones as artifact cards. They’re too important in too many Marvel story lines, especially phase 1 of the movies. While I hope to get powerful artifacts, I kind of suspect they’ll be artifacts that generate mana.
However, they might do it the other way around, and create proper cards for the Infinity Stones. In that case, I’d expect artifacts that get shuffled into your deck after activation. This would represent how the stones tend to go missing whenever they’re used in the comics.
There are easy ways to make flavorful, yet balanced effects. The Time Stone could be a version of Time Walk, while The Reality Stone could copy creatures. Mind would allow you cast cards from your opponent’s hand. The Space Stone could be a tutor of sorts or use phasing mechanic. Finally, the Power Stone can be a board wipe that destroys or exiles different card types.
We’ve already seen Wizards of the Coast reprint existing cards with alternative names and artwork, such as the Godzilla cards and LotR Box Toppers. So which cards could they reprint with a Marvel twist? The following options seem likely candidates for either Box Toppers or Secret Lair.
Galactus is similar to the legendary Eldrazi, devouring worlds. Now they’ve tried to limit the Eldrazi with annihilator being considered too powerful, so he’ll likely be Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger with exiling cards instead. They have similar enough abilities.
Some other possibilities include:
- Demonic Tutor with artwork tied to Dormammu or Mephisto would be a great staple card.
- Jodah, Archmage Eternal could be printed as Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme.
- Skulls would be fun as a reprint of Evil Twin, especially with artwork from Secret Invasion.
- Mystique as a Lazav, Dimir Mastermind reprint. Perfect way to represent her shapeshifting and allow her to be a commander.
- Chevill, Bane of Monsters as Kraven the Hunter. Hell, Chevill already looks like many versions of Kraven in the original artwork.
Marvel comics have ties to the Transformers so we could see the Transformer cards reprinted to tie with the Marvel set. However, that’s probably less likely, as there aren’t that many popular cards among them.
MTG Marvel FAQ
In this section you’ll find answers to some commonly asked questions about the MTG Marvel set. Of course, these are based on the information that’s currently avialable.
It’s coming out in 2025, although the exact date is unknown. Based on the current release schedule for other upcoming MTG sets, release in the last quarter is quite likely.
While the exact number is unknown, we know there will be multiple sets. The first releases in 2025. The others most likely follow in 2026.
It’s very likely. There’s no shortage of themes to use, like Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sinister Six, and many others.
The Lord of the Rings set used many characters that only appear in the books. Thus, we can expect MTG Marvel set do the same, with a focus on comics.
Most likely thing to expect are the comic cover artworks. It’s possible many of these will be from the Secret Wars comics. That story line is among the most profitable Marvel ever published. On top of that, the movie universe is leading towards its own Secret Wars.
That’s unlikely, as Tales of Middle-earth also didn’t use LotR actors. On top of that Marvel’s Snap also doesn’t use the actors’ looks.
Yes, it will.
Both franchises use their own digital clients. So, it might be possible for some kind of collaboration. Perhaps you could a MTG booster pack could contain a code for Marvel Snap. Vice versa, you might be able to earn Arena codes in Snap. That would certainly be a fun way to bring both player bases together.
So, what are you expectations for this set? Do you love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments below. I would love to hear your predictions on what we’ll see in this set.
If you want to learn more about the future of Magic, you can find the upcoming MTG Sets here. There you’ll find information about sets all the way into 2026.
Until next time, have fun, and may this set be everything you hoped for.