Bunn Takes Over VENOM, Kills Marvel Universe with DEADPOOL
Marvel Universe #1.As we near the half-year point, it's safe to say that 2012 has been a big one for writer Cullen Bunn. Not only is he nominated for "Best Writer" at this year's Eisner awards for his work on Oni's The Sixth Gun, his profile continues to rise at Marvel. He's credited on eight books scheduled out from the publisher in August, including all four issues of the weekly Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe miniseries, a "What If?" type story in which, as you may have surmised, Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe.
As of August's issue #23, Bunn is taking over Venom after co-writing the current "Savage Six" arc with initial series writer Rick Remender. Plus, Bunn is co-writing a Captain America arc with Ed Brubaker starting in July, and continuing work on his "Captain America and" series, which after the upcoming Captain America and Iron Man arc transitions into a one-issue story of Captain America and Namor in World War II.Newsarama talked with Bunn in-depth about the latest phase of his career, starting with Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Venom. Courtesy of Marvel, we're debuting new interior art from the first two issues of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Venom #23.
It looks like there's a lot of stuff coming out right now from me, and there is, but a lot of that stuff I've been done with for a little bit, too. Like Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe — I've been done scripting that thing for six months or so. Things like that make it look like I'm probably a little busier than I am, but even with that said, it's definitely a busy time for me.
Bunn: The editors called me, and they uttered the title, "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe." At that time, it was something they mentioned in passing — "We may be doing this book." They gave me nothing except the title, and said, "Based on that title, what would you do?" I went back and read the classic Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe story again, just to see what was done there. It's difficult to say that book doesn't influence what I did, but I definitely read it with the intent of, "I want to make sure I'm doing something different." I didn't want to tread the same ground.
Nrama: And it looks like the Punisher might play a pretty big role — he's on one of the covers.
Bunn: He definitely plays a role. I don't know if I'd say it's a huge role, but he definitely has his moment in the spotlight with Deadpool.
Bunn: I've written Deadpool in Deadpool Team-Up, I've done a couple of Deadpool short stories, but I've not written this Deadpool before. This guy is completely new to me. People have this pre-conceived notion of what a Deadpool book is, and this is not that book. It's definitely a little darker. It still has its funny moments. It's still written with that bend, the way Deadpool sees the world. But when I set out to write the story, I set out to write a Deadpool that would be just as sinister and creepy as he is humorous. The things that have made Deadpool humorous in the past set this story in motion in a very dark way.
Nrama: That sounds closer to how Deadpool was portrayed in his earlier appearances, where his humor was more of an undertone and he was generally more serious and straight-forward.
Nrama: Moving on to Venom, you're taking over as solo writer in August. We talked before about your approach to succeeding Jason Aaron on Wolverine, how your first arc follows what he was doing more closely and your second is going to be more of a departure. How close are you sticking to with what Rick Remender has done on Venom? Obviously the dynamic is difference, since you just co-wrote a Venom arc with Rick.
Bunn: She's important to Flash's life, so I'm not going to write a story where he just has forgotten Betty Brant. But she's not as heavily in the series as she has been, for various reasons. She's not as big of a part of Flash's life as she has been, maybe not as big as he wants her to be.Check back with Newsarama later in the week for more with Cullen Bunn, on co-writing Captain America with Ed Brubaker and his own "Captain America and" ongoing series! More from Newsarama:
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