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Brian Michael Bendis is a American comic book writer. After previously writing crime/noir comics, he started writing for Creator/MarvelComics in 2001 for the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel line, particularly, ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan''. From there, he moved onto ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' and helped launched Marvel's MAX imprint with ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'', starring Comicbook/JessicaJones (whom he also created). He is most known as being the architect for the ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' line since 2004 before being moved to the ''Comicbook/XMen'' franchise in 2012. In 2017, he became an exclusive Creator/DCComics creator, leaving Marvel after 17 years.

!Comics and series written by this author include:

* ''ComicBook/ActionComics''
* ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}''
* ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen''
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''
* ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled''
* ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}''
* ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers''
* ''ComicBook/TheDefenders2017''
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
* ''ComicBook/HaloUprising''
* ''ComicBook/HouseOfM''
* ''ComicBook/MoonKnight''
* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers''
* ''Comicbook/NewAvengers''
* ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}''
* ''ComicBook/ThePulse''
* ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''
* ''ComicBook/SecretWar'' (2004)
* ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''
* ''Comicbook/SpiderWoman''
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}''
* ''ComicBook/UltimateEnd''
* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvelTeamUp''
* ''ComicBook/UltimateOrigins''
* ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan''
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' (2013)

!!His works provide examples of:
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* AcceptableTargets: In-Universe, Male chauvinists in ''Mighty Avengers'' and once in ''New Avengers'' - Ares and his views of women are used for pure comedic reason. When Ares joined the DarkerAndEdgier team of Dark Avengers, this was quickly dropped.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-Universe, Bendis's take on Scarlet Witch.
* AnyoneCanDie: Bendis' stories tend to have high body counts, with Bendis being quite open with the joy he takes in killing off popular second and third string characters. Sometimes, it's because he doesn't like the character (Vision), had prior plans to kill the character (Scott Lang), or doesn't want to deal with the character, but a lot of the time, it seems he just does it because he ''can'' (Wasp [[spoiler:and recently Ares]]).
* ArtShift: He likes experimenting with it. In many his titles, scenes that happen in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks past]] [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks eras]] actually imitate the art styles of when those scenes would have taken place. In ComicBook/DarkAvengers, scenes that happens in Norman Osborn's mind are illustrated by Greg Horn, instead of comics regular artist, Mike Deodato Jr, and in ''Mighty Avengers'' scenes in the middle ages are painted by Marko Djurdjevic in order to imitate old frescoes.
* BreakTheCutie: Jessica Jones, Spider-Woman, Daredevil, and Tigra. And poor poor White Tiger, who [[spoiler: is murdered in cold blood by a police officer after being falsely accused of murder]]
* BuffySpeak: Fond of doing this with teenagers in ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, as well as the 616 version of Spidey.
* {{Cameo}}: Several
** Paul Jenkins, creator of Sentry in ''New Avengers'' story about this character.
** Creator/WarrenEllis in one issue of ''Powers''
* CallingTheOldManOut: Scarlet Witch's confrontation with Magneto in ''House of M'' #7
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* DecompressedComic: The poster boy. Sometimes, it works, sometimes not so much.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Scott Lang, who Bendis killed off in the opening pages of his Avengers run by way of having a ''zombie'' Jack Of Hearts suicide bomb him.
* EtTuBrute: Everyone's reaction to Iron Man in New Avengers and Mighty Avengers since Civil War. Also "Hank Pym's" betrayal of Captain America in New Avengers #21 when Captain America tried to recruit him to fight Iron Man.
* FollowTheLeader: Bendis's ultra-decompressed WritingForTheTrade writing style was forced upon all Marvel writers in the early '00s, to the point that Creator/GeoffJohns quit writing the Avengers rather than endure being forced to copy Bendis' writing style.
* FlipFlopOfGod: Bendis initially claimed that Ronin in his ''New Avengers'' run was ''always'' intended to be Maya Lopez, but later confirmed that the characters was originally going to be [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]] in [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/06/12/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-159/ disguise]].
* PrivateEyeMonologue used as a part of Alias noir-ish stylings.
* RunningGag: Each time he writes a scene at a police station, there are some cops in the background detaining some nutcase, cosplayed as a superhero and shouting nonsenses, which actually make reference to some comic book event elsewhere (for example, a Scarlet Witch shouting "[[ComicBook/HouseOfM No more mutants! No more mutants!]]", or a Carol Danvers shouting "[[ComicBook/CivilWar Choose your side! Choose your side!]]"). In Defenders 9, the nutcase is modeled after him, and shouts "A 17-year running gag is not easy to pull off!"
* TookALevelInBadass: The Skrull Empire, who through a miracle, Bendis was able to turn from being the punching bag of the Marvel Universe, into a truly legitimate threat to Earth. At least until the EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion trope kicked in.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Norman Osborn in ''Dark Reign''.