Following the surprising announcement on Tuesday that Brian Michael Bendis will leave Marvel Comics after nearly to 18 years for an exclusive multiyear deal with DC Comics, the writer has offered the first insight into his decision.
"I was trying to break down that Marvel vs. DC craziness that some fans have," Bendis told The New York Times. "I thought, let’s see what’s behind Curtain No. 2. I know it was the right choice to make. No matter how scared I am, I know it was a good scared."
Still, despite how significant a blow his departure is to Marvel, no bridges were burned along the way. "They’re my friends," he said of Marvel. "I’m madly in love with them for their coolness." The feelings certainly appear to be mutual, too, as Marvel was quick to issue a statement to CBR, commending Bendis on "his creativity and professionalism," and "wish[ing] him the best on his future projects."
Bendis began writing for Marvel with 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man, collaborating with artist Mark Bagley on 111 issues, making it one of the longest partnerships in American comic book history. He also had a notable run on Daredevil, co-created Jessica Jones with Michael Gaydos, Miles Morales with Sara Pichelli and, more recently, Riri Williams with Mike Deodato.
Bendis currently writes Invincible Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones and Defenders for Marvel. There’s no word yet as to when his tenure on those titles will end, or when his DC-exclusive agreement will begin.