COMICS: Marvel Turned Down A SPIDER-MAN Comic From Joss Whedon And Bryan Hitch

COMICS: Marvel Turned Down A SPIDER-MAN Comic From Joss Whedon And Bryan Hitch

As if that wasn't bad enough, artist Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, America's Got Powers) also reveals that Marvel decided to scrap plans for a six-issue Ultimate Captain America series he was working on. Hit the jump for details and unused artwork!

Ready to have you day ruined? In a lengthy chat with Comic Book Resources, The Ultimates co-creator has talked more about his decision to leave Marvel, dropping some upsetting revelations in the process. Not only was an Ultimate Captain America series he was working on scrapped (artwork from which can be found at the bottom of the page), but then Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada decided not to give him and Joss Whedon (yes, the same Joss Whedon responsible for Astonishing X-Men and a little movie you may have heard of called The Avengers) the go ahead on a Spider-Man run. Reading between the lines, it sounds as if Hitch joins a VERY long list of creators who no longer have any interest in working for the publisher due to the way they have been treated. Read his comments for yourself here, but be sure to click on the link below to check out the interview in full.

"It wasn't intended to be my "swan song" either, really. My then current contract expired at the end of 2011 and whilst drawing "Ultron," I'd also been writing a six-part "Ultimate Captain America" series I'd started drawing. It was fully written, and I was drawing the first issue in the gaps between Ultron scripts coming in. "Ultron" sort of kept expanding, and I was never wholly sure of what the full scope was as I was never involved in any planning or plotting for it. We knew I had time for about five issues before my deal expired, and I was happy to extend a short while to complete the series if it ran to six or maybe seven issues, as seemed possible. It was politely indicated to me that it wouldn't be necessary and thank you for the work, and so, as planned, off I went to the heady world of creator owned and "AGP."

"Despite Marvel coming to me and asking for the Cap series, rather than my pitching it to them, it was constantly being sidelined and eventually dropped to my disappointment. Since "Ultimates" ended, I'd been less and less involved in a collaborative process at Marvel. They now had their various brains-trusts, architects or whatever the gang was calling themselves, and that was what led their creative process. It seemed a very closed shop and not what it was like when I signed up to do "Ultimates" at all. I felt like they wanted an illustrator not a creator, and that was very frustrating to me. I'd submitted several proposals for various series, getting nowhere; Cap was dropped, and I didn't even feel involved in the story I was working on. It really felt like I wasn't contributing the way I wanted to be."

"There was a short scene with Spidey in the second issue I LOVED but then, my one regret at Marvel is that I didn't get to do a good run on Spidey. It was discussed a few times, with Joey Q turning down a Spidey book from me and Joss Whedon. I know, right?"

"Obviously the work I did there over more than ten years is a true high point in my career and, in looking at the Marvel movies, clearly influential, but I guess there's a time when you feel like you don't know anybody at the party anymore or nobody's laughing at your jokes and it's time to call a cab. Possibly, had I known the Ultron series was longer than the five issues I'd originally thought and if I hadn't had the Cap book pulled from under me, I may never have considered moving on, but stuff changes I guess. I don't want any of this to sound anything other than light, frothy and pleasant though. There's no regret or bitterness, far from it. There's always things one could have done differently or better but I had an amazing time and got play with a lot of company toys, and it made my career in the best way possible. Now in going forward I feel like I have some incredible opportunities I might otherwise not have had."

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Filed Under "Marvel Comics" 12/15/2012 Source: Comic Book Resources
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Tymminator - 12/15/2012, 11:22 AM
What a damn shame.
DukeAcureds - 12/15/2012, 11:24 AM
Whedon and Hitch is one of my dream teams. That's shockingly bad.
superotherside - 12/15/2012, 11:27 AM
They turned down Joss Whedon! WITW! And now we get this whole Stupid Superior Spider-man stuff? Wow. Marvel you are making a mess of Spider-man ATM.
CaptainObvious - 12/15/2012, 11:28 AM
Quesada is a horrible storyteller and a hack. Is anybody really surprised that he rejected a Spidey comic from Whedon and Hitch? He wouldn't know a good story if it kicked him in the ass.
ellispart3 - 12/15/2012, 11:29 AM
now that would have been epic
JoshWilding - 12/15/2012, 11:34 AM
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SageMode - 12/15/2012, 11:35 AM
The [frick] is wrong with Quesada? A Whedon-helmed Spider-Man run would be awesome.

XavierLehnsherr - 12/15/2012, 11:41 AM
Joe Quesada is a reason why America hates ugly fat people.
Tomontherun99 - 12/15/2012, 11:43 AM
I guess they didn't want their series to be delayed for months because a certain artist can never keep up with deadlines
Temple - 12/15/2012, 11:50 AM
This is a good and bad thing type of situation. Good, because we dont need anymore spiderman titles, theres plenty of spidey everywhere in the MU. Bad, because...well..marvel turned down Joss Whedon and Bryan Hitch, they would have delivered some amazing work.
toco89 - 12/15/2012, 11:54 AM
Who runs like that?
RAWRG - 12/15/2012, 11:54 AM
@XavierLehnsherr LMAO [frick]in Quesada what the [frick] !!! HOW CAN YOU TURN DOWN JOSS WHEDON!!!!!
BigDamnHero - 12/15/2012, 11:57 AM
Seriously? One of the industries best artists, and a genuine geek god pitch a book starring the most popular character in Marvel's entire stable... And they turn it down? GOD DAMN IT MARVEL!!!
OtakuPapi - 12/15/2012, 11:58 AM
a shame! And Ultimate Marvel should be expand to at least 5 books, it's a great universe. but this saddens me all Ultimate series have been awesome. And we missed out on some hot Spidey on Whedon red head action lmao
Funsize - 12/15/2012, 12:02 PM
They turned them down??!!! Someone needs to be hulk-smashed!!!
CaptainObvious - 12/15/2012, 12:07 PM
This is just pouring salt into an open wound. It's bad enough that Spider-Man has been horribly mistreated by Marvel the last five years, but rejecting a Spidey book from Joss Whedon, the god of geeks? That is unacceptable.

I hope there is some young and aspriring writer out there that will one day undo everything Quesada has done.
TerminatorMode - 12/15/2012, 12:11 PM
@captainobvious - looking at you superior spider-man. looking at you. Oh and one more day. And what was the big time (that was a thing right)?
TrickyNicky69 - 12/15/2012, 12:12 PM
Marvel I hope you are reading this because you are [frick]in up. Stop focusing all your attention on movies and make some badass comics already. The same goes for DC. Ultimate Captain America would've been badass.
Moakynubs - 12/15/2012, 12:12 PM
Spideyguy94 - 12/15/2012, 12:13 PM
F*ck you quesada. You reject a comic from 2 guys who have brought you gold in the past in terms of writing, art and sales (Astonishing X-Men for Whedon and The Ultimates 1&2 from hitch). Yet you think it's a genius idea to have spider-man make a deal with the devil, completely destroying everything the character stands for (RESPONSIBILITY), alienate the whole fanbase so much so that sales took a huge dive. Alter nearly 20 years of spider-man comics, and force JMS off the book when he was doing fantastic stuff and sales where up. The only thing has been any good spider-man related in comics for the last 5 years has been ultimate spider-man which has been phenomenal from the start, venom by remender, and the new scarlet spider book and that is it.
Minato - 12/15/2012, 12:14 PM
At least he has more time to work on other Marvel related projects.
ATrueHero1987 - 12/15/2012, 12:18 PM
O_O...Marvel....WTF is wrong with y'all?!-____- Seriously, Whedon/Hitch....on a Spider-Man book....would've been epic!!
ATrueHero1987 - 12/15/2012, 12:20 PM
Someone needs to stop popping mollys over at Marvel.
jj2112 - 12/15/2012, 12:24 PM
Quesadip needs to go
ATrueHero1987 - 12/15/2012, 12:24 PM
Shit, what else has Marvel turned down?! A F4 book by Whedon or a relaunch of a Black Panther series?smdh

@Intruder Hell, they probably turned down a Spider-Man series by Waid & Coipel.-___-
Jollem - 12/15/2012, 12:29 PM
i'm still waiting on the spider-man run done by jeph loeb and j. scott campbell that wizard magazine promised me some years ago
JustDame - 12/15/2012, 12:35 PM
People would've complained about that too. The same way they complained about Mark Waid and Yu on "Hulk."
CaptainObvious - 12/15/2012, 12:49 PM
Who wants to bet that when every superhero eventually dies, Aunt May will still be alive?
rebellion - 12/15/2012, 1:02 PM
i just hope that someday i'll get to read a good spidey comic. after that fat [frick] dies ofc.
BIGBMH - 12/15/2012, 1:15 PM
Sucks that he had already put in a lot of work for that Ultimate Cap series, but I can't say that I'm very upset that series got cancelled. Ultimate Cap might be the my least favorite part of the Ultimate Universe.
Kyos - 12/15/2012, 1:17 PM
I'm not following the comic industry that closely, but from what I gather from some articles I read on here there have been some really unwise looking decisions been made over the years.

Then again, the city I live in wanted to build a music hall that was to become sort of a new landmark. It should have been finished already and was supposed to cost €77 million. Now it's probably going to be finished in 2015 and will have a total cost of at least €575 million.

Guess it's just a fact of life that oftentimes people who are in charge of something mess things up badly.
Wingding - 12/15/2012, 1:18 PM
Nivekian - 12/15/2012, 1:19 PM
Another bad decision from the Frat Boy network at Marvel Editorial, thanks Joey Q. and Axel Alonso.
Sora - 12/15/2012, 1:29 PM
TheAbomination - 12/15/2012, 1:33 PM
F*uck this.
sharkman03191 - 12/15/2012, 1:43 PM
Okay, now I'm mad... WTF Marvel? Honestly, what is so damned special about Dan Slott and his run?
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 12/15/2012, 1:47 PM
ah man ... i think joss woulda been perfect for a spidey comic
Jhuntdaprodigy - 12/15/2012, 2:01 PM
Awww man, Quesada can suck a d**k and die
CaptainObvious - 12/15/2012, 2:06 PM
@MrEko- If Quesada decides to do another follow-up story to OMD, that would probably be the twist. Aunt May actually died on her hospital bed and her body was taken over by Mephisto. Yeah, it's a dumb idea and it makes no sense but hey, so was OMD and everything else in Spidey cano that has followed since then and that hasn't stopped Marvel from moving forward with them.
sciencefriction - 12/15/2012, 2:28 PM
F**K you Quesada, F**K you Slott, and F**K you Marvel. The major "label" comics are a joke these days.
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