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Michael Chabon Writes the Marvel Universe

Hi everybody, it's Sunday and I'm sitting at home in my freshly cleaned apartment, the baby is her room playing and my woman is in the kitchen making dinner (I think we're having spaghetti and meatballs) and I was just browsing around on the internet when found two very interesting links. Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, has posted two awesome essays on his website.

- Maybe Not So Much with the Fantastic is the story of Chabon's attempt to get hired to write a draft of the Fantastic Four movie ,back when director Christopher Columbus was attached to the project. Interestingly it seems the producers shoot him down before he 's even given a chance to give his pitch. Luckily for us he includes that pitch which is, in my opinion, far superior the script that they ended up using for the finished film. Although still not the FF movie I would have written (my has the Mole Man AND Dr. Doom, Doom-bots, a H.E.R.B.I.E. cameo, and The Thing and Johnny fighting constantly), Chabon's pitch is strong and certainly closer to what the fans want from the Fantastic Four movie than what was deliver to the screen.

- An Account of a Brief Bout of Mutant Madness is Chabon's account of his chance to write an X-Men pitch back before the project was given to Bryan Singer and Co. Unlike the Fantastic Four outline above I am GLAD this pitch did not make it to the screen, as much respect as I have for Chabon's writing and ideas, I think this pitch is God-awful. I don't know about you but when I think of an X-Men movie the LAST thing I want is to see Jubilee as the star of the film. It's like Chabon watched the first few episodes of the X-Men Saturday morning cartoon from the '90's and adapted that to screen as the quintessential X-Men story. Feh.

Read both on your own and let me know in the comments below what you think.