Marvel Has Passed on Neil Gaiman’s Marvel 1602 Series
This may come as a surprise to many, but Marvel has decided not to adapt Neil Gaiman‘s Marvel 1602 series.
Marvel 1602 is an eight-issue miniseries that came out back in 2003. Neil Gaiman was the author (obviously), while Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove, and Scott McKowen were the artists.
The series mashes our classic Marvel characters with an Elizabethan world. Hence the name. And true to form, our heroes continue the fight to protect the innocent, even when in a different era. Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange, as well as members of the Fantastic Four and X-Men, all make appearances in this miniseries. It also introduces a couple of new characters, which makes it perfect to keep a new plot rolling.
The Adaptation That is Not to Be
According to his announcement, Neil Gaiman pitched the idea of an adaptation to Marvel last year. However, it seems like Marvel has passed on the opportunity. Neil Gaiman took his announcement to Twitter. And he wasn’t afraid to admit that he was disappointed by that fact.
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
Fans are surprised by this, since Avengers: Endgame theoretically set up a universe in which Marvel 1602 could occur. Plus, since Disney acquired the rights to Fantastic Four and the X-Men, we’d finally have all of the characters involved back in one place.
It’s tempting to look into the reasons why Marvel would turn down this adaptation, but we probably shouldn’t. There are countless reasons why they may have opted out. Including plans to use the plot somewhere else—say, in one of their movies. Or it could be that it doesn’t fit in with their plan for their TV lineups. One thing is for sure: we’re certainly surprised by this news! And, admittedly, looking forward to seeing how Marvel brings their newly-acquired characters into the world.