Jim Starlin had previously announced he was leaving Marvel after one last Thanos trilogy and now it looks as if we’ll only be getting one installment of the comic. An ongoing spat with his current editor was the cause of this problem and it is easy to tell why he got angry about it. While we’ll still be getting ‘Thanos: The Infinity Siblings’ in February of 2018, it sounds like the plot for the second book has since been adapted into the ongoing ‘Thanos’ run and done so in a way that was not flattering to the creator.
Here is what Starlin shared about the situation:
“What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was [executive editor] Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going [Thanos] series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot. The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone’s enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.
At first Tom denied giving his approval to the plot. When that turned out to be false, he switched to claiming there was nothing similar about the two plots. When that didn’t fly he changed his story to it was all an accident. These changes of excuse and other bits of procrastination ate up a month, by which time the current Thanos on-going art team was too far along for anything to be done about the situation. Too bad for me. So I am moving on.”
Brevoort just got called out in a big way and if the execs at Marvel were looking forward to Starlin’s next script they are going to be very annoyed with the editor.
Starlin had “lobbied heavily” to pen the monthly Thanos run which would not only have thrilled fans but prevented this from even being an issue. Sadly, that was just not meant to be.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter