Just a couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to speak with legendary comics creator Bill Sienkiewicz during the red carpet for “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” which was hosted by Legion M, Agents of Mayhem, and Stan Lee’s own POW! Entertainment.
During our interview, Bill spoke about Stan’s legacy and what it meant to him, the current status of Fox’s upcoming New Mutants movie, and more. This wasn’t the first time I’ve spoken with Bill, as he frequents the convention scene in SoCal, but it’s always a pleasure talking to him. Check out what he had to say.
What did Stan’s legacy mean to you?
“It almost defies any kind of real description, it’s like Stan has always been there, in a way, and he always will be. With honoring him [tonight] and everything else, it’s a testament to what he did to the lives of so many artists, writers, actors, you know, he cast such a wide net it’s amazing. It goes without any kind of real temporal pinpointing, it’s this ubiquitous sort of blanket.”
One thing that you’ve been intimately involved with is The New Mutants, and they’re getting a movie from Fox.
“Yeah, I think they’re doing some reshoots right now.”
How much do you know about what their take is? Is it closer to your work?
“Yeah, it’s very much related to what Chris [Claremont] and I did. It starts from there and then it just runs with it.”
Were you involved at all, creatively?
“Well, I think if you look at the film as it currently stands, again, they’re doing some research to make it even more frightening, but what you’ll see is that I’m all over it and Chris is all over it. Even though they didn’t call me up and say “Hey can you do this for the film?” it’s in essence what we did in the comic, translated into the film.”
Are you a fan of Legion?
“(Laughs.) That’s a yes. As a matter of fact, I’m doing some stuff for the third season right now.”
Final question: I wanted to ask about the whole Disney-Fox merger, with the Marvel characters coming home in a way. What do you think about the idea that the X-Men and the Avengers can now live on the same screen together?
“I think it’s great, I mean I’m not an executive with ties to any one of the particular companies, but I think there’s gonna be some shake-ups, and I think it’s actually really good. I mean for the Marvel Universe, back under the same banner, it’s really good. I know with the shake-up recently at DC, that’s a whole other can of worms, which I can’t really get into. But as far as Marvel and Fox, I think it’s actually gonna turn out to be something more positive.”