I always wanted to be a comic book writer. I'm the next best thing now, writing superhero novels, but I spent my childhood drawing my own comics, and when I realized I was mediocre artist at best, I started writing scripts I hope would one day dazzle Marvel or DC Comics some day.
Turns out it doesn't work that way. But that's okay. I have my Indestructibles.
But once in a while I'll get a hair-brained idea I feel compelled to write (like my goofy takes on Spider-Man and alternate revisions of Martian Manhunter and Aquaman). For those, I just threw my proposals here on the blog for kicks, in no small part because they were more ideas than stories. I'd love to pitch either of those two DC concepts as TV shows, but I need to be a much bigger fish for something like that to happen, and I'm still in guppy territory.
But I once read that you should write speculative scripts with the idea that they would never be produced--whether those spec scripts are for comics or for TV shows, any ongoing serial. Ongoing series have a plan, and they aren't going to buy a script that deviates from that plan (even if it's awesome) but if the fates align, someone might see it and go, hey, that guy can tell a story!
So with that in mind, a few months back, when I was gearing up to start really digging into Book 3's writing process, I decided to stretch my creative legs and write a spec script Marvel would never, ever produce, putting together four characters who would never, ever be put together on a team, for a concept that was part team-up, part ridiculous heist scenario. It was a chance to throw a few of my favorite random non-Avengers characters together in one place. It is, quite honestly, a script that would never, ever fly, anywhere.
So what do I do with it?
I think I'll just post it here. Hope you get a kick out of it. Full disclosure: this was basically a brainstorming, flexing my writing muscles exercise. It was a practice script to see if I still knew how to write a 22 page comic. It's not intended for sale, I'll never print it in any real fashion, and I sure as heck won't work with an artist on producing it because I don't want to get into trouble. Strictly posting it here because it feels silly to just leave it sitting on my computer never to be seen. Y'know?
I present you: "Pete Wisdom and Union Jack: Her Majesty's Secret Parcel Service."
Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.