According to their website, Marvel does not accept unsolicited submissions for any reason. Given their size, this makes perfect sense.
Read the page and comprehend enough and you see that they also specifically state “If you are an aspiring comic book artist or writer, we suggest you publish or publicly post your material, continue to create, and if you have the right stuff…we’ll find you.”
Posting your stuff publicly is a little harder when writing is a goal, especially where script writing is concerned. Words don’t capture a person’s attention nearly as easily as pictures. That’s not going to stop me. I’ve written a spec script for the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, with the purpose of not only practicing my craft but planting a public flag and screaming “Hey, Marvel, here I am.”
So here it is. Enter the Wrecker, my take on what an episode of the show could look like. If you like it, share this page with your friends to give Marvel a hand in finding me. The internet should be more effective than smoke signals, one would think.
1) Here’s a description of the S.H.I.E.L.D. characters. This isn’t meant to be a first episode, so as a viewer you’re expected to have some familiarity with them.
2) The “S.H.I.E.L.D. Offices” location performs essentially the same function as the library in Buffy or the lab in Fringe – it’s a place for the group to meet. There’s no word on where they will be located or what they’ll be doing, so for the purpose of this script just assume that they work out of a base in New York and they mostly drive to where they need to be.
3) The reason they’re knocking on doors and acting somewhat like they’re in a police procedural is that The Wrecker is powered and they know that. They have to play the private-eye style game to get to the target. I don’t know if the format of the show will be similar, but due to the circumstance of a powered criminal on the loose they could switch into this mode for an episode even if they usually spend their time fighting terrorist cells. Besides, comic books have almost always been case-a-week style periodicals, and I think this is a good example of that.
Why did you put in The Wrecker and Damage Control?
I actually thought long and hard about this. When I first considered using Damage Control, I was scared to include them because of the “sit-com” feel they had when they showed up. Once I thought about it, and thought about including The Wrecker even harder, it became a challenge.
Also, Damage Control is amazing. Why not shoot for the moon?
I’ve written a full essay on the topic. It’s much too long to add, so here’s a link to it so you can read it for yourself. I also cover whether I consider the script fan fiction.
Will there be a sequel?
Currently, I have no plans of writing the second episode of the arc as a piece of public fan fiction. That could change, but my goal in writing this is for it to be seen. Marvel states on their website that they won’t accept anything unless “we have specifically requested it from you,” where “you” means “me” and “they” means “Marvel” and “it” is my writing. Leaving this script open for a continuation provides them a simple “it” that can be requested.
That could change in the future, but for now I’ll be content to work on some other projects and try and promote this. Chances are that even if this is seen and I’m found by the faceless searchers, it’ll just go away. It might just live here in obscurity. I would love the perfect storm to happen and be offered the opportunity to help write it into a larger story arc on the show, but for now everyone should enjoy it for what it is.
If the desire for a sequel is really strong enough, help make sure the people that make the decisions see it.
Can I distribute the file?
Please don’t. If you know someone that would like to read it, I would ask that you direct them to this page. I do not own the copyright to any of the characters – everything inside is owned by Marvel as far as I know – so I don’t have permission to distribute the work or allow for its distribution.
I am hosting it here in order to promote public access to and not public distribution of the material. If it is distributed without permission, I do ask that the title page, including my name, email and complete copyright rant, as well as the dedication page stay attached to the file.
I have some criticism…
Feel free to leave it in the comments. I’m still learning.
Have you written anything else?
Yes. I’ve been published quite a bit, and there are examples of non-fiction writing all over this site – including features, editorials and blurbs. A simple search should turn up plenty of magazine/newspaper/web articles over the larger internet that is not this site. You can even find some of my work in print.
When it comes to fiction or script writing, here’s another example available on the web. The link is not a comic property, it is an original feature-length script that serves as a coming-of-age tale combined with a look at a time and place in history. In a perfect world, Matthew Lillard would direct it.
I also have a fish-out-of-water feature about a man that moves to China, a 15-page horror short, a 95,000 word science fiction novel and a dozen other scripts or stories in various state of completion. My objective is to become a paid writer, so any other completed project is only available upon request from reputable parties. Hopefully, I’ll soon be able to point you to a bookstore, a cinema or a time slot on your television. Keep your fingers crossed for me.