Fresh-faced writer and filmmaker Zeb Wells is a happy guy. Heâ€™s recently accepted an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics and is looking towards a bright and creative future with the industry giant.
â€œAxel took a chance on me and has always looked out for me. Joe has always believed in me as a writer. Theyâ€™ve both pushed me to do my best work, and have put up with a lot of the growing pains of working with an inexperienced writer,â€ says Wells of his tutelage under Marvel professors and senior editors Axel Alonso and Joe Quesada. â€œOn top of that, the Marvel Universe just feels like home. In many ways the DC Universe is a place for mythic stories, where the Marvel Universe is a place to explore the sloppy imperfection of being human. As someone with glaring imperfections and almost crippling flaws, I feel this is the place to tell my stories.â€
â€œI didnâ€™t see it coming at all, so it was very exciting, obviously.â€
Wells, two-time winner of Wizard Magazineâ€™s â€œDirect to Videoâ€ Contest, has been getting his feet wet in the Marvel Universe with work on SPIDER-MANâ€™S TANGLED WEBS, PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN: DOCTOR OCTOPUS-YEAR ONE, and NEW WARRIORS. Heâ€™s even dipped into the kid-friendly side of Marvel with MARVEL ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN and can currently be found putting words in the mouth of DOC SAMSON.
â€œAxel and I have been thinking of never allowing Zeb near Spider-Man ever again, just to see him cry!â€ chuckles Quesada, Marvel Editor-in-Chief. â€œBut seeing how were just not that mean here at olâ€™ Marvel, we might consider letting him play with the webs againâ€¦maybe. If his adoring public demands!â€
â€œYeah, it’s kind of weird that I’m still fairly green and have already gotten Spider-Man â€˜out of the wayâ€™,â€ says Wells of his spider-obsession. â€œIf I hadn’t worked on him already,
I’d definitely be chomping at the bit to write him. Axel once said that I have a tendency to write humorous stories with a heart of gold, and I think Spidey really let me indulge that compulsion. I guess with Spidey well spoken for I’ll have to develop some new tricks…â€
Thereâ€™s another recent project that Wells is also proud of. â€œFANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN with Seth Fisher is unlike anything Iâ€™ve done, or seen done before. It feels like an artistic success, as pretentious as that sounds. And Iâ€™m immensely proud of the work Skottie Young and I did on NEW WARRIORS.â€
â€œI feel like Skottie and I have just begun to tap what weâ€™re capable of as a duo. We both feel that there is so much more to discover and accomplish, and our plan is to work together as much as possible and shame whatever weâ€™ve done together in the past. Iâ€™d also like to do more stories geared toward the darker aesthetic I played around with in
SPIDER-MAN: DOCTOR OCTOPUS-YEAR ONE.â€
Fans of that â€œdarker aestheticâ€ may also be interested in a project or two that Wells would simply â€œdieâ€ for. â€œI have an idea for a Blade story I would literally give ANYTHING to write, and I think thereâ€™s something in Venomâ€™s new status quo that could make great stories as well.â€