Neil Gaiman Reveals Failed ‘Marvel 1602’ Pitch
It is undeniably one of the most interesting and intriguing comic books runs in the history of the publication and despite many fans calling for its adaptation, the series author Neil Gaiman reveals a failed Marvel 1602 pitch.
There are few endeavors in the history of Marvel as a publication that is as interesting and conceptual, as the incredible Marvel 1602; a unique take on the Marvel Universe that combines the classic characters that we have come to know, and a very interesting twist in how they’re written.
Neil Gaiman, perhaps one of the most prolific and beloved writers in this medium and others, orchestrated the series, and it was his incredible creativity that birthed the uniqueness of the run that has made it a fan favorite.
With its almost cult status, many fans have called for the series to be adapted to the world of the MCU, or in some way that is similar considering the use of the multiverse that is so prevalent now; but it turns out that this was an idea that was already denied by the MCU to this point.
The man behind the story, Neil Gaiman, has recently revealed a failed Marvel 1602 pitch that he made to Marvel TV as recently as last year; a revelation that arrives to the dismay of many fans who were hoping to, one day, see it brought to life.
Replying to a Tweet that asked the esteemed author to pitch the series to Marvel for Disney+, Gaiman took to the social media platform to state, “I asked Marvel TV about me making 1602 last year, but they weren’t interested. Such a pity.”
I asked Marvel TV about me making 1602 last year, but they weren't interested. Such a pity. https://t.co/9LH7mxC5wa
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 27, 2019
It is certainly unfortunate that Marvel has decided against developing the project, but it doesn’t seem like the prospects of 1602 being brought to life are completely nixed; as ComicBook.com reported in a 2012 interview in which Kevin Feige commented on the possibility.
Feige stated, “Somethin like 1602 I think would be really cool to do at some time down the line. I love it. It is spectacular, but the key to it, the fun of it, is that you need to know those characters very well.
Feige added, “You need to know each and every one of those characters and who their presnte=day reincarnations are in order to enjoy and understand and appreciate how Neil was able to reinvent them and do that period spin on them for 1602.”
The executive concluded, “If you don’t know them yet and if they haven’t had their own stories yet, I don’t think it would be as much fun. If you don’t know them well and you haven’t been introduced to them in a similar medium in their traditional environments, placing them out of that won’t seem as unique,”
It is interesting to note, but ten years later and it seems Feige feels the same about the prospective series; one can only hope that after key characters like daredevil are explored in the coming years, we could finally get 1602 in some way.