George R. R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, really wants to write a comic. He’s got a particular love for Marvel and would be up for a Doctor Strange tale, with one very large condition. He’ll only write it if part of his contract includes the stipulation that it will absolutely never be retconned.
“I don’t know what my story angle would be. The character I’d have the most fun writing would be Doctor Strange,the master of the mystic arts, he was always one of my favorites … but before I did that I’d have my lawyers meet with Marvel’s lawyers and work out an iron-clad contract that would say that whatever I did in the story would continue on forever and would never be retconned, rebooted or reimagined out of the universe when some later writer decided to mess around with it … I always hated reboots and retconns and the fact that a new writer comes in and ‘un-does’ what the previous writer did and brings dead characters back to life, kills new characters. … but I did love Doctor Strange and if I was to write a Marvel character him and his dimensions would be it.
I’d separate him off from the rest of the Marvel universe and not make him part of a team. He doesn’t really fit any of that stuff, he’s a guy that shouldn’t even be known to the rest of the heroes, living on the edge of the Marvel Universe protecting the world and our dimension and plane from dangers and forces out there that the other characters like Spider-Man and The Avengers don’t even dream exist. He’s our wall against Cthullu and the Old-Ones and the dread Dormammu. That’s when Doctor Strange was at his best, Stan Lee and Ditko were [writing] him in just that manner.”
It sounds like a great story idea, but those are some pretty tough conditions.
You can watch George’s video interview after the break…