Marvel Universe According to Grey:
Yet another project that will never see the light of day, I had originally intended for the DCUG to be something somewhat smaller (and a great deal easier) than it has become. At the time, I had planned on finishing it up some years ago, and moving on to Marvel for a while. I’d love to tell stories about the Avengers (especially poor Hank Pym), the X-Men, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and others. I never had as clear cut an idea for these characters, though, most likely because their books from the 70’s are so excellent, and I can’t see that I would want to do too much differently. Being more of a DC fan at heart, I’ve paid a little closer attention to the fate of that setting in the last 15 years or so than I did to Marvel. As such, Emerald Twilight cut me deeper than Onslaught, and Identity Crisis wounded more dearly than Avengers: Disassembled.
This is not to say that those stories and choices don’t gall me, just that I thought more about matters on the DC side of the fence. In general, I don’t have a story arc plotted out for these characters in the same way I do Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, or the like, which takes them from their origins to their finish. All I really had were ideas of things NOT to do. I would want to see Hank and Janet happily married. I’d like to see Spider-Man grow up and be happy with Mary Jane not be retconned out of twenty years of history because Marvel seems perpetually trapped in adolescence and doesn’t seem to know what to do with marriage. I would want to tell stories, as I have always wanted to tell stories, where maturity is a matter of complexity and depth, and not of sex and violence.
So, perhaps it isn’t so great a loss that I won’t be able to do with Marvel what I’ve done with DC, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t still like to work with their characters at some point down the line. Don’t be surprised if you one day see something Marvel from me, but also don’t be surprised if it looks nothing like the DCUG. Besides, Previsionary has covered the Marvel U pretty well so far, hmm?