Interview Excerpt from Axel Alonso (Marvel Editor-in-Chief) about the importance of HUMOUR.

“Humor. Fans are really embracing humor in comics like never before. Fans come for a dramatic story, but they like to laugh along the way. Elliott’s crafting a dramatic story with heart and lots of laughs along the way. I mean, he’s the head writer for “The Daily Show” — how’s he not going to find humor in this situation? Elliott’s a triple-threat in that he writes scripts fast and well, he knows the Marvel Universe like the back of his hand and his day job’s only a few blocks away, which allows him to hash out story ideas with [X-Men Group Editor] Mike Marts and [series editor] Katie Kubert over lunch.”

Humor always seems to be a fundamental part of the Marvel formula.

Alonso: “I think so. A comic book doesn’t need to be pee-your-pants funny, but it should make you laugh or smile. And the darker the story, the more you need to counter-balance with moments of levity.

Take one of my favorite writers, Garth Ennis: He’ll ratchet up a story to maximum tension or sear your eyeballs with an explosion of horrific violence, but then he’ll cut the tension with a memorable line that allows you to exhale.”

And humor is clearly a big reason for why the Marvel movies have succeeded on such a large scale.

Alonso: “Absolutely. Humor reveals humanity better than anything else. Whether it’s Tony Stark asserting his Alpha Male status with his rat-a-tat wit, Steve Rogers leaning waaaaaay into his goody-two-shoes image, or Black Widow yawning her way through an insanely dangerous op — the Avengers are defined by, and loved for, their personalities, not their powers. And no Marvel Studios film proves the power of humor more than“Guardians of the Galaxy.” Is there a more heartwarming bromance than Rocket and Groot?”

So the message? Laughter is good. See DC? Your characters actually can laugh!

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About Gavin

I'm a lover of pop-culture, from movies to music to books to TV shows to well...comics, and just about everything in between. I'm also a history buff, and spent 4 yrs getting a fancy BA in it. When I was at said University, I got my learn on AND spent all my money on CDs and VHS (yup, I'm THAT old.) However, I'm happy to discuss any topic really, as I love a good debate or just to be proven right. I'm Canadian, so I wear shorts and flip flops 9 months of the year, but no, I am NOT fanatical about hockey (I actually prefer baseball, thank my American father for that!). I love the outdoors, but don't get out enough... I've got a sick twisted sense of humour (hence why I'm friends with these Shallow folks) and believe that laughter is the best medicine...except penicillin...cause laughter won't cure the clap.

2 thoughts on “Interview Excerpt from Axel Alonso (Marvel Editor-in-Chief) about the importance of HUMOUR.

  1. God I love the Marvel editorial house these days. They really seem to get how to create good entertainment and great stories. If they gotta be corporate, I like this flavour of corporate – mint-chocolate chip to DC’s 10W30-infused offal.

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