Geeky Q & A: Brian Michael Bendis

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Mar 25, 2021, 11:00 PM EDT (Updated)

As part of SYFY 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like.

Here’s what Brian Michael Bendis had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
Asking a guy like me THAT?  Its impossible to answer. But gun to head … comics!!

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Comics. No joke. Figuring out you could make them yourself at a young age …

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Ray Bradbury.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure. You either love it or not. John Wick. John f***ing Wick.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Source of hope.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years:
The Matrix.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
"When you write – explode – fly apart – disintegrate! Then give time enough to think, cut, rework, and rewrite." -- Ray Bradbury

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
Children of Men.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
The Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marisa Meyer.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassidy.

The best video game of the last 25 years is:

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 is:
Atomic Blonde. Which is also the soundtrack to Grosse Pointe Blank.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
Hero at Large.


On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
The Matrix.

The genre character I most admire and why:
Morpheus. He was really having a great time.

The genre character I most despise and why:
Anyone in Valerian.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
The Marvel Universe.
Unlike this world, with great power comes actual great responsibility. And if you die you get to come back in six months.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
In Jupiter Ascending, when Channing Tatum told Mila Kunis he was part dog and couldn’t be in a relationship with her. I haven't slept since.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:

The fictional character with the best style is:
Ripley from Aliens.

The best Batman was:

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
Gandalf. F*ck everyone else.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:

If I could time-travel I would:
Go to the future. I'm clearly dying to see it; I write about it constantly without realizing it.

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:
"Meh." I am glad that word is losing its usefulness. It had none to begin with. Do not look in the face of others' hard work and MEH. Have something to offer.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Like most who will answer, mine are all productivity-based. The ability to clone myself like a multiple man or flight or super speed.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?
Oh, telekinesis. You do NOT want to know what and how people really think.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
My kids. Or they'd kill me.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
Hufflepuff. I’d be the writing teacher.

My patronus would be:

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
It would have been old-school Kirk but Shatner has revealed himself to be a hateful old ass****. Picard.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
John. Wick's. Car.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
They film at Pinewood Studios.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Gandalf. Not even close.

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Embrace what you love.

Check out more of our Q&A’s here. And head on over to our SYFY 25 page to see everything else we’ve got going on.