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A FLY ON THE WALL: Developing Marvel's Original Sin

Welcome back to A Fly On The Wall, a feature that imagines what it would be like to hear conversations that may or may not have ever actually occurred. This time, we’ll use our fly power to listen in on a development meeting at Marvel Comics for the 2014 Event, Original Sin.

BOSS
OK, everybody – it’s a new day, it’s a new year, Event time is almost upon us. What ideas do we have?


BOSS

Nobody has any ideas?

WRITER #1
Not really.

WRITER #2

Due respect, sir, Marvel has been publishing for over 50 years – more like 70 years, if you want to count Timely Comics. We’ve done everything.

WRITER #1

We’ve done everything twice.

WRITER #2

And then there’s the audience to consider-

WRITER #1

The research indicates that they only respond to large, dramatic gestures.

BOSS

Great; large, dramatic gestures. Fine. Let’s do that.

WRITER #1

We’ve done that before.

BOSS

It doesn’t matter. Come on, people! It’ll be spring time before you know it! Snap out of it and lets get an event cracking here.

WRITER #2

Then we’ll need to kill some one.

BOSS

Jesus Christ, are you out of your mind! I’m not going to sacrifice someone to your weird writer God-

WRITER #1

A character – we’ll need to kill off a character.

BOSS

Oh, well that’s fine. We do that all the time.

WRITER #1

Exactly.

WRITER #2

We just keep killing off characters and then bringing them back, thus creating meaningless drama in a reality without consequences.

BOSS

What reality? We’re talking comic books.

WRITER #1

This practice of killing and resurrecting characters is so out of hand it’s even crept into the Marvel Movie Universe. It’s tired and it’s bad writing.

BOSS
Fine – do you have any ideas that don’t begin, accelerate or end with killing off a character temporarily?

BOSS

OK then – let’s get to work.

WRITER #1

There’s still a problem.

BOSS

Jesus, what now?

WRITER #2

Well, if we’re going to do the same thing we’ve already done before, we at least need to do it differently. The problem is, we’ve killed everyone off during these Event things already… Captain America, Ares, Bullseye, Professor X, Hank Pym… and the list goes on

BOSS

Oh, come on – there’s got to be someone you can kill and then bring back later without upsetting the entire Marvel Universe or damaging any of our current or in development TV and movie properties…

WRITER #2

How about killing The Watcher?

BOSS

What’s a Watcher?

WRITER #1

That’s ridiculous – The Watcher is a narrative device, not a character. This is lamer than killing Professor X.

BOSS

I don’t see how any of that matters.

WRITER #1

Is he even mortal? Can he die? He doesn’t even have a name.

WRITER #2

His name is Uatu… anyway, everyone will know the answers to those questions when we kill him.

WRITER #1

Kill him for what? Why, specifically, are we killing him.

WRITER #2

We’ll just make it a murder mystery.

WRITER #1

So this narrative pushing, fourth wall breaking, uninteresting baldy dies and everyone has to figure out why? That’s it? Jesus. How do you want to kill him?

WRITER #2

Oh, you know… "I am… the Watcher! I watch countless – ugh!"

WRITER #1

This is gonna suck.

BOSS

Oh stuff it – all of the events suck and Marvel NOW! screwed up everything so badly, it hardly matters.

Marvel’s eight issue Original Sin series starts in May of 2014.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on January 23, 2014, in a fly on the wall, comic book reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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