Marvel Studios didn't even bother giving the legendary comic book creator free tickets to the movie or an invite to the premiere.
And we also learned that Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige was a big outer space fan, and that The Avengers director Joss Whedon was a fan of of Starlin, Thanos and another of Starlin's creations with Adam Warlock.
So something wasn't adding up.
Then Marvel announced a new Thanos project, a prequel origin series, Thanos: Son of Titan, written by Joe Keatinge. It was a five issue series that was to see an October release; however, Marvel ended up pulling the project, with Editors Stephen Wacker and Tom Brevoort stating it had been delayed.
Marvel, again, didn't consult Jim Starlin on that Thanos project, with Starlin questioning statements made by Wacker as to if Wacker had ever read any of his work prior to Infinity Gauntlet. There has even been some mention that the project may have been delayed over a possible feud over the rights to Thanos between Marvel and Starlin as well.
Now, in an interview with the website ComicBookTherapy, Starlin questions if writer Joe Keatinge knew what he was talking about.
I did talk to the author of it and he told me that they were going to go through and pretty much stick with what I had put down and he was going to do some time things with his mother that I didn’t quite understand what he was talking about. It sounded like he had a good recap, which I’m not quite sure why you would need that these days because you have all the books in print.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2910:]]Things with Starlin and Marvel went sour back in 2004 when Starlin was on the Thanos comic book series. Reportedly, Marvel was going ahead with a new Adam Warlock series and didn't even bother mentioning this to Starlin, as the character was appearing in his book. Of course Starlin approached his editor, who apparently told him to quit if he didn't like it, which is exactly what Starlin did.
Since Starlin's departure, Thanos went on to take part in the resurgence of Marvel Cosmic with Keith Giffen's Annihilation and subsequent appearances in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Guardians of the Galaxy and The Thanos Imperative, as well as the recent Brian Michael Bendis scribed Avengers Assemble. However, Starlin tells Comic Book Therapy he hasn't been keeping up with the Mad Titan since he left Marvel.
As far as the books go, I stopped reading Thanos when I stopped writing it, so I have no feelings about anything anyone’s done with it because I don’t know what they are.
Starlin does say that he is excited to see more from Thanos on the big screen and fills us in that he is in talks with Marvel's Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Talent Management, David Bogart,
Marvel and I are now talking. I can’t say anything more than that at this point about it.
I promised David Bogart I would say he was the best thing since sliced bread in my next interview. Things are doing much better, but you know we’re not done yet and will be eventually.
Perhaps things with Marvel are indeed on the upswing, with Starlin even posting the following enigmatic message on his Facebook less than a day ago.
Today was a very good day and that's all I can say.
You can head on over for more from Jim Starlin and read who his choice to voice Thanos is at the link above.
Perhaps something Marvel Comics related is in the future as well?
(Jim Starlin image source: Tony Barletta FB)