From helping craft the Ultimate Universe to creating Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis has had a massive impact on Marvel Comics over the past few decades. But that era is officially coming to an end. Bendis is heading to DC Comics. Exclusively.
The deal was announced by DC Comics early Tuesday morning, with Bendis confirming the move on Twitter. The writer said he is “bursting with ideas and inspirations,” adding that “change is good.” No additional details have been announced, but an exclusive deal obviously means he’ll be working for DC Comics and leaving behind his bevy of ongoing Marvel projects.
Considering Bendis’ pedigree, it stands to reason he’ll have his pick of pretty much any property on DC’s roster and likely have a hand in guiding the direction of the DC universe over the next few years.
For the sake of reference, Bendis is currently writing Invincible Iron Man, The Defenders, Spider-Men II, and Jessica Jones at Marvel, and recently wrapped runs on Infamous Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, among several other series. He was an architect of the Ultimate Universe that would go on to inspire Marvel’s film slate and created fan-favorite characters like Jessica Jones (which is now a hit TV series) and Miles Morales (coming to the big screen soon in an animated film). He also helmed major events such as Civil War II, Secret War, House of M, and Secret Invasion over the past several years.
Marvel issued a statement wishing Bendis well, noting he has been "a great partner and has contributed incredible stories and characters to the Marvel Universe over the years." Marvel went on to note: "We appreciate his creativity and professionalism, and we wish him the best on his future projects.”
Put simply: He’s a part of Marvel Comics’ DNA, and this represents a monumental shift for both Marvel and DC. It’s an exciting time to be a DC fan, and readers are likely champing at the bit to see what he brings to the table. It gives Bendis a whole new sandbox to play in, and that will certainly be something to see. For Marvel, it means a big change and the loss of a voice that has been a guiding force for most of the modern era.
It also means someone else will take over writing Miles Morales and Jessica Jones in the near future — which is both an exciting and a scary proposition.
What do you think of the deal? Excited to see what Bendis does at DC? Or bummed he won’t be writing any of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes anymore?