We're doing this interview the day after Stan Lee's passing. In light of that how does it feel to be working on the adventures of a team and many characters he co-created?
Zub: “No Surrender” was built around the broader concept of Marvel Legacy. and that theme came up in all kinds of different ways. No Road Home has key moments that reflect Marvel’s 80th Anniversary happening next year so it’s a tribute to Stan and all his phenomenal collaborators who built the creative sandbox we get to play in.
I wrote my final scenes for No Road Home last week and, when I sent in those pages in, I had a rush of nostalgia. Now that feels even more surreal. Stan Lee’s legacy is woven into everything we do with these characters and the stories he and the Bullpen created that continue to inspire and entertain. The Avengers are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and if we do our job well, we’ll make sure you never forget it.
Waid: Surreal is the word. I know this is easy to say, and I know that a lot of people are saying similar things, but I can promise you -- completely by accident, the last issue segment I began writing only hours before I heard about Stan, a segment long-planned, takes on an immense new resonance in honoring The Man and that which he has given us over the past eight decades. I actually broke down at one point.
Ewing: I’m still processing it, to be honest. I think we all are. I never properly met Stan, but just through being such a huge part of the culture and the subcultures I grew up in, he influenced and changed my life in any number of ways. It feels especially strange to be writing the Avengers and the Hulk right now -- especially given my habit of going right back to the source on these things, which means I’ve spent the last year or more immersed in Stan’s dialogue.
I think there are a lot of things coming out -- already written, drawn, produced -- that are going to be seen as tributes to him, before the actual tributes make it to the press. And like Mark and Jim say, that’s accidental, but it’s also the natural consequence of Stan’s voice being right down deep in the atoms of Marvel.