Superstar Comics Writer Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel For DC
The ultimate crossover
Saying that Brian Michael Bendis is the main architect behind the current Marvel universe that stretches across multiple forms of media is not a stretch. Yet the man whose name has become synonymous with Marvel Comics for the past two decades is now leaving the company for its Distinguished Competitor.
Bendis has been with Marvel as a writer for 18 years, and was tied to them exclusively for more than a few of those. He had an enormous and critically acclaimed run on Ultimate Spider-Man (a title he and artist Mark Bagley created), and reinvigorated Marvel’s street level heroes with a classic run on Daredevil and the creation of Jessica Jones.
Aside from that, he was also instrumental in returning the nearly forgotten Luke Cage to the forefront of pop culture, created Miles Morales (the Blacktino Spider-Man), and, oh yeah, made people care about The Avengers again. Yes, it might be hard to believe now since much of Marvel Cinematic Universe revolves around the superhero group, but when Bendis was given control of the title, it wasn’t nearly as prestigious a job as he eventually made it.
And we’ve only scratched the surface of everything he was involved with at Marvel. Though he initially made his mark through noir-inflected crime comics at Image, now Marvel comics, videogames and movies often lean heavily on characters and storylines he created along with the many artists he collaborated with.
So you can imagine the surprise many of his readers felt when DC notified its fans through a message on Twitter that read, “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Brian Michael Bendis exclusively to the DC family with a multiyear, multi-faceted deal. He’s one of the premier writers in the industry having created so many unforgettable stories wherever he’s been and we can’t wait to see what he has planned for the DC Universe.”
Bendis himself quickly followed that message up with the message, “This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned!”
This is real. I love you all. Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned! https://t.co/S1x5JDmGTt
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) November 7, 2017
Marvel has given Newsarama a response, stating that they already knew Bendis would not be renewing his exclusivity contract with them, which he last signed in 2015, and that “Brian is a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years. We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.”
While the news may come as a surprise to many, it’s not that hard to understand the move. Bendis has left such an indelible mark on the properties he worked on at Marvel that there’s little left to prove for him there, and very few things he hasn’t done yet. As long as he wants to keep on writing superhero stories in a shared universe, it makes sense that after 18 years, he’d be looking for another one to tell some new stories in.
And who knows, with the goodwill and connections he now has at both companies, if anyone can get Marvel and DC to do the Daredevil/Batman crossover fans have been demanding for decades, it’s him.
Seriously, Marvel? DC? Guys? You know, “guys” colloquially, I mean. I’m not trying to exclude women here. Or anyone else. (However you identify is your business.) It’d be huge. With anyone. Trust me. Like printing money. Guys?