In an interview with the AIPT Comics Podcast, Slott told co-hosts David Brooke and Forrest Hollingsworth that when his lengthy Spider-Man run was nearing its end, then Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso took Slott out to lunch to pitch him what he wanted him to tackle next.

“You can be the God of X,” Alonso told Slott. “You can guide the X-Men universe.”

Slott’s immediate response? “Mehhh,” which surprised Alonso.