We all know George R.R. Martin as the acclaimed author of the series A Song of Ice and Fire , especially now that HBO has turned the books into their phenomenally successful and popular TV series, Game of Thrones. Since Martin’s been in the spotlight more and more lately we’ve also all learned what a huge Marvel fan he is. Remember his review of The Avengers? Or how about the letter he wrote to Stan Lee back in the 60s? Yeah, he’s an uber fan. And as an uber fan he’d love to write for Marvel Comics, in particular the character Dr. Strange, but with one big condition.
Talking to MTV Geek Martin laid down what he’d demand in his contract if he were ever to write for Marvel,
I don’t know what my story angle would be. The character I’d have the most fun writing would be Doctor Strange,the master of the mystic arts, he was always one of my favorites … but before I did that I’d have my lawyers meet with Marvel’s lawyers and work out an iron-clad contract that would say that whatever I did in the story would continue on forever and would never be retconned, rebooted or reimagined out of the universe when some later writer decided to mess around with it … I always hated reboots and retconns and the fact that a new writer comes in and ‘un-does’ what the previous writer did and brings dead characters back to life, kills new characters. … but I did love Doctor Strange and if I was to write a Marvel character him and his dimensions would be it.
I’d separate him off from the rest of the Marvel universe and not make him part of a team. He doesn’t really fit any of that stuff, he’s a guy that shouldn’t even be known to the rest of the heroes, living on the edge of the Marvel Universe protecting the world and our dimension and plane from dangers and forces out there that the other characters like Spider-Man and The Avengers don’t even dream exist. He’s our wall against Cthullu and the Old-Ones and the dread Dormammu. That’s when Doctor Strange was at his best, Stan Lee and Ditko were [writing] him in just that manner.
One, ha! Like Marvel or any comic book publisher for that matter would agree to something like that – ever. Two, what a shame because Martin’s vision for Dr. Strange sounds excellent. How about getting him a consulting gig on that Dr. Strange movie?
How do you feel about comics and their constant rebooting, retconning, and reimagining? And what of Martin’s version of Dr. Strange?