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11th Feb '16 8:43:00 AM comicwriter
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* Sean [=McKeever=] pitched a SpinOff of ''Comicbook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' that would have starred Firestar, but Marvel was more interested in a continuation of the original series, something that [=McKeever=] didn't want to do. Two years later, he changed his mind and pitched a new ''Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane'' story that would have been set in winter and featured MJ and Peter in a LoveTriangle with a teenage [[Comicbook/GhostRider Johnny Blaze]]. Unfortunately, by that point, Marvel no longer had any desire to revive the series.
6th Feb '16 6:11:45 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies'' was originally going to star LukeCage as one of the last surviving heroes during the ZombieApocalypse, with the logic that his unbreakable skin would have prevented him from being infected. This had to be dropped when Creator/RobertKirkman noticed that Greg Land had already drawn Luke as a zombie during the initial ''Comicbook/UltimateFantasticFour'' arc that introduced the Marvel Zombies.
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* ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies'' was originally going to star LukeCage Comicbook/LukeCage as one of the last surviving heroes during the ZombieApocalypse, with the logic that his unbreakable skin would have prevented him from being infected. This had to be dropped when Creator/RobertKirkman Robert Kirkman noticed that Greg Land had already drawn Luke as a zombie during the initial ''Comicbook/UltimateFantasticFour'' arc that introduced the Marvel Zombies.
6th Feb '16 6:10:48 PM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies'' was originally going to star LukeCage as one of the last surviving heroes during the ZombieApocalypse, with the logic that his unbreakable skin would have prevented him from being infected. This had to be dropped when Creator/RobertKirkman noticed that Greg Land had already drawn Luke as a zombie during the initial ''Comicbook/UltimateFantasticFour'' arc that introduced the Marvel Zombies.
1st Feb '16 9:45:18 AM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/NewMutants''(vol. 2) #8 and #9 had to be completely rewritten and redrawn at the last second over the controversial subject matter. The original story had Anole's parents getting offended by the sight of Karma kissing her girlfriend during Parent's Day at the Xavier Institute, which leads to Anole coming out as gay to protest their bigotry. After his parents react poorly, Anole goes to Hellion and Elixir for support, but is shunned by them. Feeling alone and friendless, Anole then kills himself, which cements Hellion as an irredeemable JerkAss and causes Elixir to undergo some serious CharacterDevelopment out of guilt. Bill Jemas was very antsy about the story, and it was ultimately pulped, leading to Nunzio [=DeFilippis=] and Christina Weir having to hastily write a new one in its place.
30th Jan '16 4:45:44 PM nombretomado
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* In 2003 MarkWaid and Mike Wieringo put in a proposal for a revamp of Aquaman. Rather than going the DarkerAndEdgier route like Creator/PeterDavid, they'd wanted to do a LighterAndSofter take playing on the wonderment and majesty of the ocean. It would have featured a Russian marine biologist named Yelena as an AudienceSurrogate, with the goal being to remind people why the idea of having epic adventures underwater seemed so cool before ''SuperFriends'' ruined it.
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* In 2003 MarkWaid and Mike Wieringo put in a proposal for a revamp of Aquaman. Rather than going the DarkerAndEdgier route like Creator/PeterDavid, they'd wanted to do a LighterAndSofter take playing on the wonderment and majesty of the ocean. It would have featured a Russian marine biologist named Yelena as an AudienceSurrogate, with the goal being to remind people why the idea of having epic adventures underwater seemed so cool before ''SuperFriends'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' ruined it.
29th Jan '16 12:59:00 PM comicwriter
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** James Hudnall's run famously had an aborted arc dealing with Zeitgeist, a serial killer obsessed with murdering superheroes. Had the story continued, Zeitgeist would have infiltrated Alpha Flight HQ and killed Goblyn before being taken down.
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** James Hudnall's run famously had an aborted arc AbortedArc dealing with Zeitgeist, a serial killer obsessed with murdering superheroes. Had the story continued, Zeitgeist would have infiltrated Alpha Flight HQ and killed Goblyn before being taken down.
29th Jan '16 12:49:54 PM comicwriter
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* Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:
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* ** Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:
29th Jan '16 11:14:58 AM comicwriter
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* In the 90's, John Byrne was approached to do a series called ''North and South'', which would have starred Northstar and Ironclad. The book would have been revolutionary for the time, as it would have treated Northstar's sexuality just like that of any straight character, which was a fairly radical notion back then. Higher-ups ultimately cancelled the project and cited budgetary issues, but Byrne has said he believes the fact that Northstar is gay also had something to do with it. * While writing ''Comicbook/AlphaFlight'', Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:
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* In the 90's, John Byrne was approached to do a series called ''North and South'', which would have starred Northstar and Ironclad. The book would have been revolutionary for the time, as it would have treated Northstar's sexuality just like that of any straight character, which was a fairly radical notion back then. Higher-ups ultimately cancelled the project and cited budgetary issues, but Byrne has said he believes the fact that Northstar is gay also ''Comicbook/AlphaFlight'' had something to do with it. * While writing ''Comicbook/AlphaFlight'', a few: * Creator/BillMantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a VerySpecialEpisode. While Mantlo thought the AIDS epidemic was a serious issue that needed to be discussed, editor Andy Mangels thought the idea was rife with UnfortunateImplications:

* ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' was originally conceived as part of the Creator/MarvelMAX line, and was to have been written by Creator/BrianWood and drawn by David Choe. The series was going to be a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of the X-Men books focusing on young mutants and how their powers affected them, their friends, and families, and would have starred Comicbook/{{Rogue}}, Gambit, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}}, and two new mutants named Angie and Purge. The whole project fell apart due to Marvel deeming ''NYX'' [[AudienceAlienatingPremise unsuitable for its audience]], and Wood ended up recycling the premise for his creator-owned series ''Comicbook/{{DEMO}}''.
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** James Hudnall's run famously had an aborted arc dealing with Zeitgeist, a serial killer obsessed with murdering superheroes. Had the story continued, Zeitgeist would have infiltrated Alpha Flight HQ and killed Goblyn before being taken down. ** In the 90's, John Byrne was approached to do a series called ''North and South'', which would have starred Northstar and Ironclad. The book would have been revolutionary for the time, as it would have treated Northstar's sexuality just like that of any straight character, which was a fairly radical notion back then. Higher-ups ultimately cancelled the project and cited budgetary issues, but Byrne has said he believes the fact that Northstar is gay also had something to do with it. * ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' was originally conceived as part of the Creator/MarvelMAX line, and was to have been written by Creator/BrianWood and drawn by David Choe. The series was going to be a DarkerAndEdgier {{Deconstruction}} of the X-Men books focusing on young mutants and how their powers affected those around them, their friends, and families, and would have starred Comicbook/{{Rogue}}, Gambit, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}}, and two new mutants named Angie and Purge. The whole project fell apart due to Marvel deeming ''NYX'' [[AudienceAlienatingPremise unsuitable for its audience]], and Wood ended up recycling the premise for his creator-owned series ''Comicbook/{{DEMO}}''.
29th Jan '16 11:06:06 AM comicwriter
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* ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' was originally supposed to end with Wolverine actually defeating Spider-Man, but the outcome was changed to a stalemate after some Marvel staffers complained about the result.
24th Jan '16 2:12:29 PM comicwriter
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* When Creator/JossWhedon had to put ''Astonishing X-Men'' on hiatus to go direct ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Marvel offered Bendis the chance to write a ''Comicbook/NewAvenger/Astonishing X-Men'' crossover to fill the gap. As the project began to take shape, it eventually became clear that it was too big a story to just involve those two teams, and thus ''Comicbook/HouseOfM'' was born.
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* When Creator/JossWhedon had to put ''Astonishing X-Men'' on hiatus to go direct ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Marvel offered Bendis the chance to write a ''Comicbook/NewAvenger/Astonishing ''Comicbook/NewAvengers/Astonishing X-Men'' crossover to fill the gap. As the project began to take shape, it eventually became clear that it was too big a story to just involve those two teams, and thus ''Comicbook/HouseOfM'' was born.
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