Regardless of what the likes of The Flash and Batman get up to in the coming years, this here is the big one: Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel's key creatives and universal architects since 2000, has just signed a multiyear exclusive deal with DC Comics.
Bendis, now of Portland, Ore., has been Marvel's top writer for more than a decade with stints on nearly every major series including "The Avengers", "Spider-Man", "Iron Man", "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Defenders" to name a few. Marvel has since released a statement on the long-time writer's departure. "Change is good", he wrote on Twitter. His young black and Latino character Miles Morales gained headlines in 2011 when he became the title hero in Ultimate Spider-Man (another character of Bendis', Riri Williams, has done the same recently for being the heir apparent to Tony Stark in Ironman). "I am bursting with ideas and inspiration", Bendis tweeted Tuesday morning. If one of Marvel's top talents starts batting for the other team, what kind of damage could that potentially do to Disney's MCU juggernaut?
Seriously, not once. That's part of what makes this such a big deal.
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In recent years, Bendis's ubiquity has come to represent Marvel's reliance on a core group of long-established (and overwhelmingly white and male) writers. Comic creators move between different publishers all the time - for example, current Batman and Mister Miracle writer Tom King was writing Marvel's Vision just a year ago. Will Marvel take this opportunity to refresh its pool of talent, or will we just see a reshuffle of established writers?