Marvel had mentioned they planned on going a darker route with the new Doctor Strange movie, but is horror a trend they plan on continuing? If their collaboration with Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine is anything to judge by, it’s quite a possibility!
The 73-year-old author was participating in an AMA (which stands for “Ask Me Anything”) on Reddit.com when a fan asked him if he’s ever thought about working in a more visual genre.
His response probably set the Marvel snipers on edge because they tend to have their plans on lockdown, but as far as we know Stine hasn’t been erased from history quite yet. “I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel–my first comics ever,” Stine replied. “But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”
This is definitely some interesting news, especially considering the fact that Stine has mostly been known for his creation of children’s stories, and the Marvel Comics sometimes have some more adult themes.
It will be interesting to find out if he will be writing for a whole new character or an existing one. Personally, we’d love to see him take a crack at something mystical with Thor, or maybe even a Doctor Strange iteration, since Marvel has already embraced the darkness there.
R.L. Stine may also be the perfect fit to bring on a more gruesome twist to Marvel, especially since he did such a fantastic job making horror in general more accessible to a younger audience. He’s definitely got the ability to make readers come back for more, no matter how many nightmares they have.
On the other hand, maybe he’ll go in a totally dark direction, and pretty soon Captain America will be attending Camp Nightmoon and wondering why all the other Avengers keep disappearing. Whatever route he goes, we hope Marvel looks to artist Tim Jacobus for illustration inspiration–those covers were seriously creepy.