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Donny Cates teases "bonkers" new mystery Marvel title

Donny Cates
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Outgoing Venom writer Donny Cates is teasing fans with a mysterious new Marvel title he's writing, which he says is "bonkers," in the classic Cates style.

"This new Marvel book I'm writing is so much fun. I'm losing my whole entire mind writing it," Cates tweets. "It's….bonkers. Y'all are gonna dig this one. For sure."

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Beyond apparently ramping up Cates's trademark swing-for-the-fences style of big ideas and big concepts (that's how we're interpreting "bonkers"), Cates hasn't revealed much if anything of what's involved in his new title – though Cates did clarify in a follow up tweet in response to a fan guess that the new title won't be Marvel's recently teased Moon Knight relaunch.

On the other hand, he also tweeted that he wouldn't reveal what the title was even if someone guessed correctly – and agreed with another tweet pointing out that he flat out lied about taking over Venom before his run was announced (we'll forgive the fib – we can't blame a creator for not spoiling a story before its time), so ultimately anything, even Moon Knight, is possible.

Cates previously told Newsarama that he and Ryan Stegman would work together again following the impending conclusion of their fan-favorite Venom run, which is scheduled to wrap up with Venom #200 on June 9, which may mean that whatever Cates is currently working on could involve the continuation of their creative partnership.

There's also the chance this big mystery book could be the story that Avengers writer Jason Aaron previously told Newsarama that he and Cates had discussed collaborating on when their schedules would allow.

"We've talked about it a few times, it's just something that hasn't quite shaken out schedule-wise yet," Aaron told Newsarama back in January about possibly working with Cates, who took over Thor following Aaron's years-long run. "But it's definitely something we're both interested in when everything lines up."

And of course, there's always the chance that Cates's new mystery title is the same as returning artist John Romita, Jr.'s recently announced mystery project.

Cates is in the midst of a Marvel exclusive contract, which has included runs on Thanos, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Venom, and more.

Stay tuned to Newsarama as this story develops. Answers may arrive in Marvel's full July 2021 solicitations, coming later this month.

Donny Cates is the ongoing writer of Marvel's Thor title. Here are the ten best Thor stories of all time.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)