MARVEL Puts The Kibosh On Jim Starlin’s THANOS And ADAM WARLOCK Plans

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thanosCosmic fans were rather excited when Marvel announced writer and artist Jim Starlin would be coming back to the MU for new Thanos stories with the possibility of more work to come. Shortly thereafter it was announced that Starlin would be writing a Thanos Annual as well as a graphic novel called The Infinity Revelation. The original graphic novel will be coming out this August with the annual serving as a prequel of sorts. With Starlin using the Silver Surfer, Thanos, and Adam Warlock in his new stories, fans were hoping this signaled a return to old school cosmic adventures. Well it turns out those hopes were a bit premature. The writer took to his Facebook page today to unveil…let’s say…a change of plans.

Starlin‘s annual and original graphic novel have already been completed with the release dates fast approaching, but the third project was recently announced as a four-issue arc on the newly unveiled anthology-like series, Savage Hulk (issues #7-10). Today Starlin posted a preview page of that work as well as a rather troubling message about his future plans with Marvel. You can check out the page below, but the message was as follows:

Just finished penciling and scripting my four-issue story arc (#7-10) for the Savage Hulk Series. Not sure what I’m going to do now, seeing as how I can’t do any further Thanos/Adam Warlock stories, as was the plan.

When Starlin‘s followers started asking what exactly that meant, the writer offered up a small explanation. It seems an anonymous Marvel higher-up put out the order that Adam Warlock is untouchable:

This time, after I brought Adam Warlock back from the dead in the Infinity Revelation, someone at Marvel anonymously put a corporation-wide-no-use restriction on the character, effectively putting the brakes on the on-going plans I had for him and the Titan.

So Starling brought the golden one back to life only to be told he couldn’t use him anymore. Whether Starlin was told he could use the character only to be told now that things have changed isn’t clear. Starlin is very open on his Facebook page about his business and the troubles he’s had with both Marvel and DC. There are obviously two sides to every story, but it is odd that Starlin indicates he had longer-term plans with Thanos and Adam Warlock only to be told that thing have changed for one reason or another. Then again, maybe Marvel has some plans with Adam Warlock and want to make sure nobody interferes with them. The character is rumored for at least a mention in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, so it’s really a tossup at this point. Hopefully we hear a little bit more about those scrapped plans and what happened before long. Starlin has never been one to shy away from questions, so maybe he’ll open up about it in the near future. What do you think about the writer’s Facebook comments?

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