He's big, green and has all the powers of the Fantastic Four. He's more powerful than many of Earth's hero. He's the Super-Skrull. It sounds all well and good, till you realize that, well, he's not so much of a good guy. And he wouldn't shed a tear if he destroyed Earth's heroes and enslaved the human race. No one's perfect, right?
When series writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach told us that his number one client, Super Skrull, wanted to talk to CBR News about his adventures in Marvel Comics' "Annihilation" event, and in his own "Super Skrull" limited series (which he spoke about earlier
Javi: Hey, Arune. Tons of things actually. It's kind of a busy time, what with the final issue of "Annihilation: Super-Skrull," "The Middleman" second volume trade paperback, my day job on "Medium..."
We'll get to "Medium" in a moment. Why'd you leave your job over on "Lost?" Did the Dharma Initiative make you a better offer?
Well, those Hanso Foundation HR wonks can be very persuasive. When they came knocking on my door with an offer to work in the mysterious third basement of the Vik Institute, who was I to say no? Actually, the god's honest truth is that after two years at "Lost," my work on that planet was done - it was an extraordinary time, but shows change and evolve, and what I bring to the party was no longer what "Lost" needed. So we all decided to part ways amicably and at the top of our respective games. I hope the show stays on top for a long time and I know they wish me well, so it's all good.
You're also representing your newest client, Super Skrull, today. When do we get to talk to him?
Look, you said I'd get a chance to talk about my comic book and TV projects... I love the Green Giant and all, but I don't want him stealing my air, know what I'm saying?
Sheesh Javier. We can wait.
Thanks, I mean, I don't want to get all Morris Day on it, but I do like to feel like I'm the main event, you know?
Sure, I get that. Let's talk about "Medium." How'd you get involved? And what makes the show so unique to you?
First of all, the show was created by Glenn Gordon Caron - the man who gave us "Moonlighting." In this business, you're lucky if you get to work with and learn from just one person who is responsible for changing the face of the popular culture, so moving from J.J. Abrams and Damon's shop to Glenn Gordon Caron's is a privilege. Second, the writing staff is extraordinary, when you have a team that includes Rene Echevarria, Moira Kirland and Rob Doherty, the results are going to be fantastic - truly, the thing that attracted me to "Medium" first and foremost was the quality of the writing and what I could learn from the team already in place there.
Great, so where's Skrull!
Seriously, man - what's up with the one-track mind, I'm trying to talk about my work here and you're all up in my grill about lizard boy -
Javi: HHHHHLLLLLLRRRRRRRREEEEEEEERRRRRRGHHHH! AUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! NNNNOOOOOPPPPLEDEEEAAAASSEEEESTTTTTOOOOPPPP!
My God! You killed Javier! You son of a …
But all he wanted was a little attention, not death and mayhem Super Skrull style!
HE DIED WITHOUT HONOR AND BEGGED FOR HIS WORTHLESS LIFE LIKE A CHILD. MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT I MADE HIS DEATH TOO QUICK. I MUST BE GETTING MERCIFUL IN MY OLD AGE. WOULD YOU LIKE THE WEAKLING WRITER'S CORPSE? THE EXPRESSION OF FEAR AND COWARDICE FROZEN ON THE SMOLDERING REMAINS OF HIS TWISTED AND AGONIZED FACE DISGUSTS ME.
Uh...no, I don't eat roasted human.
SO BE IT, SINGH, BUT I SERVE YOU WARNING, DO NOT TRY ANYTHING FUNNY WITH ME. I KNOW YOUR SORT ALL TOO WELL…
OK, well, I guess we should start by having you tell us what's going on with you these days.
ASIDE FROM MY CRUSADE TO FRAG THE ANNIHILATION WAVE ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE NEGATIVE ZONE? MY EFFORT TO DESTROY THE HARVESTER OF SORROW AND EVERYTHING FOR WHICH IT STANDS? MY DESIRE TO REDEEM MY LIFE OF DEFEAT WITH A SINGLE MAGISTERIAL STROKE OF VICTORY?
I mean, for a Super Skrull, you're getting beat up by everyone these days aren't you?
PAIN MUST BE SOMETHING YOU ENJOY, SINGH!