Superfolder Hades’ presents and Interview with Noah
As the title suggests, Superfolder Hades conducted an interview with me (Noah) today! No, seriously! Read it here:
Q: How did you come up with MOU?
A: At that time, early last year, the EU was pretty dead. I’d been talking with JC and CJ, who I’d kept up a pretty consistent correspondence with through the years, and we wondered how to get the EU back to its former glory. I wondered if we could ever write stories seperate from Star Wars, and ultimately McQuarrie Middle, so I decided we could do a series based on Marvel characters with an entirely new school, or two. And why not make it a high school? I pitched the idea to JC. He loved it, I shared it with CJ and the then-new EU leader Camster and the rest is history.
Q: Who came up with the order of release for the MOU stories?
A: Ultimately, it is me who puts all of the stories in a set schedule. I kind of make up the release schedule as new ideas come to me and fit them together, with a lot of help from the other Council members. Sometimes, like with Fold 1, it was helpful to semi-base it off of the MCU release order, but other times, like with All-Winners and Spider-Fold, it made more sense to add them in out of the blue.
Q: Who all is in The Council?
A: The EU Council is made up of JC, Evil Jawa, CJ, myself (Noah), Cammy and OrigamiLuke100.
Q: What was the process of writing Iron Fold like?
A: It was actually really fun. It was very different from writing any EU story I’d written before, since we had no basis in things like the Origami Yoda books to go off of. It was combining all of the style I (and we, the Council) used in the previous EU stories, elements from the comics and MCU, and trying my hardest to give it a distinct feel in the already very-large EU site. Especially when it came to writing Clark, who needed to be an incredibly unique character. It was such a fun experience.
Q: What was your Favorite part of Iron Fold?
A: My favorite part was the first confrontation between Clark and Nard, when Clark has absolutely no idea what he’s doing compared to the grim confidence of Nard. I actually built that entire chapter around the ‘Obadiah Coffee-Stain’ line, a line which me and CJ brainstormed together.
Q: What is your favorite scrapped content?
A: A name that keeps popping up, Cassidy Lashay, was originally going to be the main villain of Imperfect Iron Fold. However, she was shuffled off when Clark’s idiocy started to take form. However, we don’t like to let good ideas go to waste, so Cassidy will be around very soon, in a very different role than one we’d originally planned for her.
Q: What was your hardest sell to the council?
A: There have been several (some being very secret) but one of the most difficult was the idea of T.H.A.N.O.S. as not one person, but several.
Q: Name one character who you want in the MOU that isn’t in it already?
A: Technically, he’s already made an appearance (wink wink), but I cannot wait for Star-Lord and the rest of the (modern) Guardians.
Q: What would you say your best decision in the MOU was?
A: Probably making the MOU in the first place, because any decision after that was made with so much help from the others, especially CJ and Cam in the early days, that I can’t in good conscience claim them as my own. Except for T.H.A.N.O.S., that was all me.
Q: If you could describe the future of the MOU in one word what is that word?
Q: Which one do you prefer: Iron Fold or the sequel?
A: The sequel. Imperfect Iron Fold came together in such a nice way, and there’s a lot of fun moments that I loved writing.
Q: What MCU movie do you think will never be adapted?
A: Iron Man 3.
Q: What is your favorite MCU movie?
A: Spider-Man Homecoming is probably my favorite. But also, I’ll say this: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is criminally underrated, and I love it.
Q: How did you think of the Imperfect Iron Fold over a more traditional sequel?
A: Like with Cassidy Lashay and the sequel question, Imperfect Iron Fold was going to be a more traditional sequel before it flowed into what actually became. Originally, Cassidy was going to manipulate Clark’s newfound power and turn him into a villain before he realized who the real villain was. However, after writing some of Clark’s chapters, I realized there was villainous potential in and of himself, so Cassidy was moved off and Clark became the brokenest of broken heroes. Again, one of the reasons I loved writing it.
Q: What is your dream future for the EU?
A: Honestly, to see it come alive again and see so many people sharing stories and talking about them like the olden times. You young whippersnappers only know a bit about that. Just kidding. In all seriousness, seeing the EU become what it has has been gratifying enough, and I’m sure the rest of the Council would agree.
Q: Favorite OYEU story?
A: Origami Yoda and the Bounty Hunters. I have a ton of nostalgia for it, as it was the first story I ever collaborated with JC on, who was, and is awesome.
Q: Did you like BatFold?
A: if i don’t say yes peyton will kill me
Q: Is Noah your real name?
A: Yes, yes it is.
Q: Are you real?
A: Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?
A: The sky.
Q: Favorite video game?
A: I’m not a gamer at all, but my two favorites are Overwatch and Spider-Man PS4.
Q: Favorite comic?
A: I’m also not much of a comic reader, but recently I read Gwenpool and it was awesome.
Q: Favorite song?
A: Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra.
Q: Do you have any embarrassing secrets?
Q: Career aspirations?
A: I’ve always wanted to go into film. Be it writing, directing, acting, I’d love to do any of those jobs.
Q: If you were to write a DCOU story what character would it be about ?
A: The Crimson Comet, Bartholomew Henry Allen.
Q: Any creative regrets from the MOU?
A: It wasn’t really intended, but keeping Fold 1 stories only written by the Council was a bit disappointing in hindsight. We’re making up for it in Fold 2 and especially Fold 3.
Q: How far was the MOU planned in advance?
A: Obviously we’ve had to restructure a lot, but the general structure of the MOU has been in place since about a month and a half before I started writing Iron Fold.
Q: Favorite meme?
A: I don’t have a favorite overall, per say, but keeping in theme Ratvenger, Avenge the Fallen and Noobmaster69 were all epic gamer moments
Q: Will the finale of the MOU be two parts like Infinity War and Endgame or a singular story?
A: That’s not been 100% decided. However, I can say for certain that our version of Infinity War will definitely not be the finale.
Q: Any words to the SuperFolders?
A: Just words of gratitude and absolute amazement, because I wasn’t even sure the MOU would ever work. However, the SFs, some new and some old, came back and kept it going and look where we are now.
Q: And finally words to Tom Angleberger?
A: Tom is to the OY fandom what Stan is to the Marvel fandom. Seriously, without Tom’s direct encouragement, I doubt I would still be interested in writing and definitely not Origami Yoda. He’s such a cool guy.
And that’s it! Thanks, Hades!