Thanos creator Jim Starlin must be happy with Marvel Studios now that his villainous creation is finally getting his due on-screen, but he’s certainly not thrilled with Marvel Comics. Starlin has alluded to yet another falling out with comics publisher, taking to Facebook to slam Marvel Editorial executive editor Tom Brevoort for stealing the thunder from his upcoming graphic novel Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.
In his post, Starlin wrote, “What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was 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.”
He continued, “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.”
Starlin claims that his requests to work on a monthly Thanos book or a tie-in promotional series were quickly struck down, but then went on to speak highly of Marvel’s film division. That last piece of information is surprising, given that the veteran creator went to war with Marvel in 2012, at the time of the first Avengers film that revealed Thanos in a post-credit sequence, complaining about not being financially compensated by Marvel. Starlin then went on to publicly claim that he made more money from Warner Bros’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice than from all the Marvel Studios projects combined.
Mr. Starlin has clarified, however, that The Infinity Siblings, as well as the other two books in the trilogy, are still likely to be released by Marvel. “I have finished writing all three books and Marvel Editorial has the scripts and Alan Davis is busy penciling the second book,” he said via Facebook. We’ll update this as more information becomes available!