Brian Michael Bendis


Bendis Off Superman In December

Brian Michael Bendis is off Superman and Action Comics as of December, as DC Comics has released its December solicits. Bendis is still on Legion and Young Justice, so no word yet if he will be tackling anything else, though there has been speculation on Twitter he might take on Batman. Prior to the coronavirus, Superman …

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Good News: Bendis Off Superman

Good news for DC Comics and Superman fans as Brian Michael Bendis has announced he is departing the titles. Bendis left or was canned from Marvel Comics a couple of years ago and started writing Superman for DC Comics. In a recent interview with Off Panel, Bendis revealed he is leaving: “I’m heading toward the …

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No Marvel Marvel Movie & TV Crossover Because Of Marvel Creative Committee

Fans have been asking (begging?) for their favorite television personalities to appear in the Marvel movies.

While you may have heard the reason being that the Marvel TV and movies schedules don’t sync up, the real reason is because of the Marvel Creative Committee.

The Marvel Creative Committee consists of Marvel CEO billionaire Ike Perlmutter’s boy’s club of: Alan Fine, who came with Perlmutter to Marvel through Toy Biz; Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Michael Bendis, Marvel Comics publisher Dan Buckley, and Joe Quesada, the former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and the current Chief Creative Officer of Marvel.

To add to that they are all good buddies with head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb.

Long story short, last year saw Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige part ways with both Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee over interference in the movies and creative differences. Captain America and Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo stated the following back in May:

“We’ve been on that [Marvel] journey from Winter Soldier, and it may have been some story points from Civil War that caused the civil war within Marvel. I think that there were years when Kevin was absorbing the pain inflicted on the company. [Marvel Studios is] much healthier, happier” [and is paving the way for] “really compelling choices.” 

Regarding the crossover between Marvel Studios and TV not happening, head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb recently appeared on Nerdist’s Comic Book Club podcast where he was asked about The Defenders appearing in the movies with mention there’s friction because of the Marvel Creative Committee. Via reddit:

When asked if The Defenders would be in the movies, he scoffed and went on and on about how Marvel Television is a 3 year old company and how they want to do their own thing, but specifically mentioned that they’ll see where the company is in 2019.

He then mentioned that Marvel Television projects are still all under the thumb of the Marvel Creative Committee, so that could also cause some friction between the possibility of television and movie crossovers.

Adding in my own two cents, if you have been a fan of this website or any of the Marvel COSMIC comic books, you know the Marvel Creative Committee aren’t fans of COSMIC-type stories. With the upcoming Marvel Studios movies looking like they’re heavy cosmic flicks (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers 4, Inhumans, rumored Richard Rider Nova movie), it’s no wonder Feige booted them from being involved (in addition to whatever trouble they caused). 

It’s also apparent the Marvel Creative Committee and Marvel TV like to use their comic book creator-driven work as: Agents Of SHIELD is heavily influenced by the Bendis comics; Netflix is heavily influenced by Quesada’s favorites, and Jeph Loeb went so far as to cancel the 2007 Nova comic book and replace the character he now uses in his animated TV series. There’s also the fact that Bendis cancelled and took over the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series when word of the movie getting green lit became known (and fired the writers on the Nova and GOTG comics that inspired the movie and new billion dollar Disney franchise).

It also recently became known that Kevin Feige is introducing the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse in Doctor Strange. Is Kevin Feige going to make Marvel TV a part of the multiverse and directly disconnect it from the movies, which would enable Feige to use the same characters, but with different actors?


Hallelujah! Marvel Teases Bendis Off Guardians of the Galaxy!

We’ve been waiting for this news for about six years!

Ever since Bendis nabbed Guardians of the Galaxy out from underneath Abnett and Lanning, the comic hasn’t been the same since.

Marvel Cosmic under Bendis and Loeb became a shadow of its former self, a joke, a mockery, a parody of the quality cosmic titles this site was built upon.

Now with the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy tanking further in sales, a new Marvel NOW! teaser has been revealed suggesting Bendis will be off the title.

The image features the words “Guardians of the Galaxy Grounded” with “The Epic Final Arc.”

The only thing epic about it is that Bendis is finally getting the boot. His entire run on the book has been grounded!

Interestingly enough, Marvel Comics has also teased the return of Richard Rider in a brand new Nova #1.

It looks like it’s the return of Marvel Cosmic that we all know and love!

Prior to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie getting green lit, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy spearheaded Marvel Cosmic. That all changed when Bendis and Loeb decided to cash in on the titles, cancelling them and canning DnA off the books.

The only disappointing news surrounding the whole thing is the fact that Dan Abnett recently went exclusive with DC Comics, meaning he won’t be writing for Marvel.

More than likely with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hitting theaters next May, Marvel Comics will do another relaunch. Hopefully Bendis is off the book and away from Marvel Cosmic completely!

It would also be nice to get former Marvel Comics editor Stephen Wacker off the Disney Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon, which has been atrocious.

That said, I’m stilling remaining cautious about the whole thing, which is due to the way Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, Dan Buckley, Jeph Loeb, Brian Bendis and Stephen Wacker have treated the fans and the material.

The creative team on Nova has yet to be announced.


Marvel Comics Killing Off Character in Civil War 2


With the upcoming release of the Captain America: Civil War movie, Marvel Comics is also releasing a new Civil War II comic this year.

Now it’s learned Marvel Comics is killing off a character with the event.

According to the NY Daily News, the death comes at the hands of a “fellow costumed hero.”

The superhero to die obviously isn’t revealed, but Marvel Comics writer James Robinson offered the following:

 “That’s like an epic,” says Robinson. “I’m genuinely shocked.” 

The plot of the series is also revealed:

“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy,” according to the synopsis. “This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”   

Bendis, writer of the Civil War II event, also offered the following about the story:

“People’s personal accountability is the theme of this one,” Bendis explains to his peers of his project with artist David Marquez. “From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online.”

As the story unfolds this new seer predicts the hero in question will be the cause of a major incident of destruction in three days, requiring the other good guys to make a tough call. The writer just hasn’t figured what or how bad that cataclysm will be.

“It has to fall somewhere between Hitler and self-defense,” Bendis says. 



Marvel Comics Announces International Iron Man


Iron Man goes global from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev

All-new series to be translated to reflect the languages of select countries worldwide


In 2016, Tony Stark is establishing the entire world his base of operations and taking Iron Man internationally with the help of Brian Michael Bendis (Invincible Iron Man, Daredevil) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Moon Knight) in the all-new Marvel series, INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN.

As technology and globalization continue to reduce the size of the world stage, Marvel continues to reflect the world outside our windows and brings the “Golden Avenger” to defend the globe.  “I think we all, no matter where we are in our lives, feel that the world has gotten much smaller,” said Bendis while speaking with Entertainment Weekly. “We can all reach out to each other no matter where we are in the world. We feel each other’s pains and victories. I think for Tony it’s like that times 100. He’s much more aware of the global situation and how a big fight with Galactus in New York would affect things in other parts of the world.”

Tony Stark is a futurist. He anticipates threats to come and plans for them. That mentality is what leads Tony to take Iron Man out of New York and proactively taking on threats across the globe.  “If I was a villain, New York is the last place I’d attack, because you know, just by math, there are 700 superheroes in a 17-block radius. I’d go anywhere else,” explains Bendis. “We’ll be dealing with some of the criminals in the Marvel Universe who are smart enough to put that together in their head finally. Tony’s gonna be racing to help people that don’t necessarily always get the attention of the Marvel superheroes.”

Accompanying Iron Man on his new global – an unlikely partner who knows everything there is to know about the dark underbelly of the Marvel Universe – Doctor Doom! “Doom knows where the bodies are buried…he knows a lot of stuff that Tony doesn’t know.”

Additionally, not only will Iron Man reach out worldwide, but so will the actual published comic book. Working with a number of Marvel licensees, INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN will be translated into the respected languages of 25 different countries and will be printed for over 40 different countries in English.

Strap in and suit up, True Believers. Coming in early 2016, Bendis and Maleev reunite for an armored adventure that establishes Iron Man as global advisory for all of those who stand against him in the Marvel Universe. Don’t miss the blockbuster INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1!




Art & Cover by ALEX MALEEV



Now Kevin Feige Blamed For Avengers 2 Failure


Shots are now fired from both sides and a true Civil War has erupted within Marvel.

Earlier saw news of the split between Marvel Studios and Marvel CEO billionaire extraordinaire and the Marvel Comics Creative Committee.

Kevin Feige has taken the movie branch under his wing, and left Marvel TV and publishing (Comics) under Perlmutter.

Many reports have been hitting the net from a variety of sites lying blame with Perlmutter and the MCC, which consists of Joe Quesda, Brian Bendis, Alan Fine and Dan Buckley.

A couple of the reports suggested Feige had enough with Perlmutter’s frugality and the MCC’s slow process, with it mentioned both the “failure” of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and creative development on Captain America: Civil War were to blame and reasons used by Feige to leverage Marvel Studios away from Perlmutter.

Regarding The Avengers 2, the same site that first reported on Feige using the failure of Avengers 2 as leverage, is now stating sources close to Marvel have filled them in the blame actually lies with Feige.

According to Bleeding Cool, they heard rumors a while back that the “extensive and expensive re-shoots on the movie could have been avoided if Feige had been receptive to notes” — with the notes of course coming from Perlmutter’s Marvel Creative Committee.

The report goes on to suggest Feige’s people have been using various sites to finger-point, i.e. provide spin, that makes it look as if Feige is in the right and Perlmutter is in the wrong.

It’s also suggested Feige surrounds himself by “yes-men” as a former employee in Marvel’s film division is said to have offered: “if you want a target on your back, just say no to Kevin.”


Now Captain America: Civil War Blamed For Marvel Split


Earlier saw a report make mention that Kevin Feige used the “failure” of Avengers: Age Of Ultron as reason to oust Marvel CEO billionaire Ike Perlmutter and the Marvel Comics Creative Committee.

Now a second report is stating the blame lies with the handling of Captain America: Civil War.

According to THR, the notoriously frugal Permutter wanted to scale down Captain America: Civil War as he felt the budget was ballooning. It’s stated the Marvel Creative Committee felt the same, which led to Feige booting them both.

It is said the Marvel Creative Committee, which consists of Joe Quesada, Brian Bendis, Dan Buckley and Alan Fine, has not been disbanded, but will have a nominal (at best) effect on the Marvel Studios movies. It was previously said the Committee would still be involved with Marvel TV, which still falls under Permutter, along with the comics division.

“New York had a big say for a long time but hasn’t Kevin earned the right to some autonomy? He’s made the company billions. Why is he reporting to a 72-year-old man who doesn’t make movies?” one insider remarked.

It’s noted other insiders and top agents feel things with Marvel Studios will go smoother without Perlmutter, with merchandise royalties and contracts given as examples.

A while back also saw mention that Perlmutter wanted Robert Downey Jr. written out of the Captain America: Civil War script because Perlmutter didn’t want to pay RDJ the money he would get for the film.

“Captain America: Civil War” has  a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.


Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.


Permlutter, Quesada, Bendis Blamed For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Failure


Update: A second report states the blame lies with the handling of Captain America: Civil War.


Some new details/rumors surrounding the ouster of of Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and his Marvel Comics creative committee have come to light that state the reason for the dismissal was the failure of Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Quick recap: Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige has moved Marvel Studios away from Perlmutter and the comics and TV divisions of Marvel, and more into the Disney fold, which also saw the end of the Marvel Creative Committee (Quesada, Bendis, Buckley).

Now Bleeding Cool is stating a big reason for Feige booting them out is because Disney feels Avengers: Age Of Ultron was a failure due to not making as much money as the first movie and not as good reviews. While the difference was only around $100 million, it’s suggested Disney was disappointed people didn’t go back for second viewings. Internationally, Avengers 2 did better than the first movie, but here in the U.S. saw an almost $200 million drop. I’m guessing Disney expected Avengers 2 to do better than the first at the box office (especially considering how big a factor foreign audiences have become).

It’s said Feige used the “failure” of Avengers 2 as leverage to get rid of Perlmutter and the Creative Committee, which according to the report, was disbanded a few months ago (and may signal they are not as involved with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange).

My two cents regarding Avengers 2 being a “failure,” I would have to agree as I was really disappointed with the movie. I wasn’t a big fan of how they portrayed Ultron, and I also felt they didn’t give Whedon a lot of creative freedom (as a lot of his stuff was cut). I can recall an interview with Whedon from a while back where it sounded as if Avengers: Age Of Ultron would be an Empire Strikes Back; however, I think we can all agree, Avengers 2 can’t even compare. Whedon said he was going to “twist the knife” and “dig a little deeper” with the sequel, which I don’t think the movie came close to doing at all.


Bendis, Quesada & Creative Committee Booted From Marvel Studios

I’m lovin’ Kevin Feige more and more…

It was recently reported by THR that Kevin Feige had moved Marvel Studios away from the creative control of Marvel CEO billionaire Ike Perlmutter, who has been said to be responsible for a host of problems.

Now it’s being said Feige has apparently gotten rid of the Marvel Creative Committee that was made up of Marvel Comics executives and writers such as comic scribe Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Buckley, publisher of Marvel Comics, and Joe Quesada, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and the current Chief Creative Officer of Marvel.

According to BirthMoviesDeath, similar to Perlmutter, the Creative Committee caused frustration amongst the Marvel movies with an example given of Edgar Wright and Ant-Man. It’s noted the Committee was often late with their suggestions, with it said filmmakers considered them to be a pain to deal with.

It’s also stated the Marvel Committee may continue on with Marvel TV, which stays under Perlmutter (as does the comics, unfortunately), with it also suggested the Committee may be completely finished altogether. If indeed the Committee does stay with Marvel TV, this further exemplifies my thoughts that Feige wants to move Marvel Studios away from the lackluster attempts from Marvel TV and Jeph Loeb, which includes the animated series and ABC shows (Netflix series are under Marvel TV as well, but honestly I wasn’t impressed with Daredevil at all, and up next is Bendis’ Jessica Jones).

The report also makes mention following Captain America: Civil War and most likely Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Phase 3 should be off to smooth sailing as Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee will not be involved. It’s even possible we may finally get more Black Widow merchandise, as it’s noted (and known through leaked e-mails) that Perlmutter was behind not supporting female characters.

I’ll also add in Brian Bendis took over the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning when news of the movie getting green lit became known. Marvel Comics fired Abnett and Lanning off of the book when they knew the movie was getting made. I’ve even been told by somebody who worked at Marvel that Bendis didn’t like all the fan attention DnA were getting from their Cosmic line. Kudos to Kevin Feige and James Gunn for crediting DnA for inspiring the billion dollar Disney franchise. We also can’t forget that Jeph Loeb had a hand in cancelling DnA’s Marvel Cosmic line (as well as Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort and Stephen Wacker) as the 2007 Richard Rider Nova series was cancelled with Loeb launching a new character under the name, which has consistently sold less than the Abnett and Lanning version.


Stan Lee Stands Up For White Spider-Man; Says Create New Characters


Leave it to Stan Lee to tell it like it is.

Marvel Comics as of late has been changing their characters to mold them into politically correct versions.

The latest is that the Black Puerto Rican version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales, will be the headliner of the new Spider-Man series launching in the Fall.

The writer on the new Spidey series, Brian Michael Bendis, even went so far as to call white children racists by stating they wouldn’t let their friends of “color” pretend to be the white characters Batman or Superman (of course Bendis didn’t mention any white Marvel characters like Iron Man).

Now Stan Lee sets the record straight and says they should leave the characters alone and just create new ones.

“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” Lee told Newsarama. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”

While Bendis apparently believes kids aren’t allowed to pretend to be a hero of a different “color,” Stan Lee thinks that one of Spider-Man’s stengths is that his costume enables anyone to potentially identify with the Web Crawler.

“What I like about the costume is that anybody reading Spider-Man in any part of the world can imagine that they themselves are under the costume,” Lee said. “And that’s a good thing.”  

Lee continues that it’s not about being anti-gay or anti-black, and even mentions what may fans have stated, which is they wouldn’t want to see the black characters changed as well.

“It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that,” Lee said. “Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.”


Miles Morales To Headline Bendys Spider-Man


Disney continues their PC take over of Marvel Comics with Miles Morales being the headliner in new Bendys Spider-Man comic that launches in the Fall following Secret Wars.

Apparently, Bendys thinks fans of “color” are not allowed to be Batman or Superman while playing with their friends (seriously, this is what he says), so now they can pretend to be Miles Morales, the Black Puerto Rican Spider-Man from the Ultimate Universe that replaced a murdered Peter Parker, and now finds himself front-and-center following Secret Wars:

“Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask. But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”

The NY Daily News states that Peter Parker looks to be involved in the new series somehow as it’s stated Parker is a mentor to Morales. Bendys also notes the Morales Spider-Man is everybody’s Spider-Man.

“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,” says Bendis of the series which is drawn by artist Sarah Pichelli.