8:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic Book Shake-Up: Superstar Brian Michael Bendis Leaves Marvel for DC
In a surprise tweet that rocked the comic book industry Tuesday morning, DC Entertainment announced a new multiyear deal with writer Brian Michael Bendis.
In the tweet, the deal was described as being "a multiyear, multi-faceted deal," with Bendis being referred to as "one of the premier writers in the industry having created so many unforgettable stories wherever he's been."
"Wherever he's been" has, for the last 17 years, been Marvel Entertainment. Bendis has been instrumental in Marvel's growth over the past decade and a half, as arguably the most valuable creator at the company. Bendis not only created Miles Morales, Jessica Jones and Riri Williams — the recent black teenage replacement for Tony Stark in the Invincible Iron Man series — but was also the man behind successful revitalizations of the Avengers and X-Men properties, and responsible for reviving the Luke Cage and Iron Fist characters and bringing them to a level of prominence where their selection as Netflix shows seemed assured.
Beyond all of that, Bendis was part of the Marvel Creative Committee that acted as an advisory board to Marvel Studios' output through 2015, with Bendis himself writing the Nick Fury post-credit scene in the first Iron Man movie. Suffice it to say, it's almost impossible to imagine a Marvel without Bendis over the past two decades.
Outside of work on Marvel properties, Bendis has co-created a number of independent properties, most obviously Powers, the superhero procedural series with Michael Avon Oeming that was adapted into a television series for Sony PlayStation. Scarlet, The United States of Murder Inc. and Brilliant are amongst the other independent comic book properties Bendis has co-created during his Marvel tenure.
For his part, Bendis has stayed relatively quiet about the move, only offering brief confirmation on Twitter. "This is real," he wrote. "Change is good. Change is healthy. I am bursting with ideas and inspirations. Details to come! Stay tuned!"