CM Punk: He’s the best in the world—and he’s now a Marvel Comics writer!
In February’s THOR ANNUAL #1, Punk—real name Phil Brooks—teams up with artist Rob Guillory, joining a star-studded lineup of creators tackling the God of Thunder. We pinned the former pro wrestling champion to get a sense of what he’s got planned for Thor, just how deep his comics cred goes, and more.
Marvel.com: How did this project come together?
CM Punk: I can’t remember, and I knew you were gonna ask me that. I’ve been thinking for the past two hours like, “How did this all come about?” I mean, you know I’ve been pestering people at Marvel. I think it might’ve been…well, I think I met you at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, something like that?
Marvel.com: Yeah, a while ago.
CM Punk: Yeah! And I wound up talking to [Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso and it was always kind of like, “Yeah, yeah. We’d love to have you do something! We’d love to have you do something.” And you know, I was always just so busy. I think I just pestered all the right people and the right things kind of popped up. How exactly it came up, I can’t really, exactly remember. I can’t remember who said, “Hey. Wanna do Thor?” You know what I mean? That pretty much blew my mind. I have to say, it’s been a long process.
Marvel.com: Have you ever written a comic-style script before?
CM Punk: No. No. [THOR ANNUAL editor Jon Moisan] forwarded me a bunch of scripts that I can look at, like specifically he’s sending me Thor books, and he sent me scripts for them so I can see how scripts can be broken down into the actual comic book form. He sent me normal ones and he sent me Marvel Method, so I’m, I guess, learning on the job, which is pretty exciting. I also think it’ll bring a different perspective to the way certain stories are told.
Marvel.com: For sure! What did you think of the Marvel Method? Because Dan Slott writes in that way, which I always find fascinating and cool, and he’s been doing AMAZING SPIDER-MAN for so many years. It’s a totally different style.
CM Punk: Yeah. I think Marvel Method might be easier to grasp if somebody’s never written a comic book before, so I’m kind of leaning towards that. I think it helps that I picked [an] artist who I was already friends with, and can speak freely to. I think he’ll get it, you know what I mean? I think the e-mails that we’ve sent back and forth now regarding the story, you could probably print. I just think they’re entertaining. “Hey, what if we do this?” and it turns into the next big e-mail chain. It’s hilarious.