While writer Brian Michael Bendis might be walking away from Marvel Comics, his relationship with Marvel characters will continue.
Deadline reports that Bendis will write an X-Men project for Deadpool director Tim Miller and 20th Century Fox. Currently titled 143, the project will see Miller return to Fox’s X-Universe prior to handing the characters back to Disney in 2019. Well, provided the Disney/Fox merger occurs at all. 143 represents the fact that Fox must continue to make deals and X-Men movies just in case everything falls apart or a new suitor ends up buying the studio.
Details about the script are non-existent, but a quick search for Uncanny X-Men #143 reveals a rather famous Christmas story about Kitty Pryde facing down a N’Garai demon alone in the mansion. Artist John Byrne eventually admitted the story was an homage to Alien and even joked that he sat around and waited for a lawsuit to come his way. Since we’re in wild speculation mode here, is it possible Bendis is adapting that issue or even bringing the X-Men and Fox’s xenomorphs into the same frame?
Miller was previously said to be developing a Kitty Pryde-focused X-Men feature, so a possible adaptation of #143 seems likely.
The Fox/Disney merger came into doubt last week when Comcast re-emerged as a possible suitor for the studio. According to reports, the company was always ready to offer a better price, but Fox’s Rupert Murdoch feared regulatory hurdles like the ones facing the AT&T/Time Warner merger.