Posts Tagged ‘marvel’

On tonight’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., something that is becoming quickly apparent is a dividing line between two camps of opinion among the group: pro-alien and anti-alien.  Some of the comments made about destroying anything even remotely related to aliens were almost a little TOO forceful and the other side of the spectrum has characters obsessed with finding out answers to the point of disastrous and fatal results.  The aliens in question look to be the Kree: the race Ronan of GotG hails from and a major player in Marvel’s cosmic lines.  There has also been a lot of speculation that Star-Lord’s dad is going to be Kree.  What does this mean?  If the Kree come to Earth, they bring along with them a slew of technology that could change the game for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  They also bring a lot of problems. The comic book version of The Kree are known for modifying regular ol’ humans to create the Inhumans, for conquering other alien races and for being kind of been a pain in the ass for Earth in general.  Even more importantly, the Kree are from where the upcoming and highly anticipated super hero, Captain Marvel, gets her mojo . On one hand, we have Tony Stark, who is all about acquiring any new technology he can get his grubby, gin-soaked hands on and on the other star spangled hand, we have Captain America, who would be all about protecting the Earth from a possible invasion of, you know, Space Nazis.  GO FIGURE.  Considering the way that Marvel has used Agents of SHIELD (I just can’t pop those periods in every time, man), as a kind of bridge to the Marvel storylines (see HYDRA), this would make perfect sense.  Of course, there might be a much simpler explanation.

Oooooh, girl, no you didn't.

Oooooh, girl, no you didn’t.


I’ve been recently picking up a few newer issues of some of the mainstream titles from Marvel (I gave the new DC a chance, REALLY I DID.  They’re just almost all ridiculous).  Although, pay attention here, too, DC.  There’s still hope you’ll pull your proverbial head out of your ass.

There’s an idea that runs across your two universes, guys, that is well known and has become a tired and overused cliche.  There is no permadeath.  Ever since the return (and within a not-so-coincidental short amount of time in-between them) of both Jason Todd and Bucky, the idea of DEAD-DEAD is gone.  Just poof.  DC tried to wipe it out with Brightest Day with their proclamation of, “IT’S NOT SO EASY TO COME BACK ANYMORE.”  Marvel has been trying to stick with keeping Jean Grey in her ol’ dirt nap, but no one’s buying it.  Seriously?  Guys, come on.  You know it, we know it.  Death just does not carry the weight that it once did.  I was recently reading the new Cable and X-Force book and he’s got a brain tumor and yadda yadda and he has to complete his mission and etc and etc and who cares.  You know why?  Because he’s not really going to die.  Cable has died a billion times.  How can this even be a plot device?  And do you REALLY think Charles Xavier won’t be back, either from a multiversal double, resurrection, time travel glitch or whatever else goofy explanation you can come up with?  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE goofy explanations.  “So, Jean Grey was really alive in a rock cocoon at the bottom of the ocean the whole time and The Phoenix stole her identity while she healed and Reed Richards stumbled upon her in the middle of the ocean by accident? Awesome, sign me up.”   You’re beating a dead horse, that will soon be up and running again on his own.

"Oh, get up, Chuck.  You're not fooling anyone."

“Oh, get up, Chuck. You’re not fooling anyone.”

My advice to you moving forward is to truly, truly OWN it.  Don’t shy from it.  Snide comments about revolving pearly gates doesn’t cut it.  I mean really use it as a plot device.  One thing that you have the ability to do is make your characters that you’re the deity of have self-awareness.  Peter David is excellent at this.  I’m not going to blow smoke up PD’s ass, I do that enough in other posts.  Jamie Madrox went from a, at best, D-list mutant to a fully fleshed out, self-aware and incredibly human character.  Okay, maybe I am going to blow smoke up PD’s ass.  Whatever.  Point being, X-Factor has taken death and made it a regular part of life.  When Guido (also known as Strong Guy, still my favorite named superhero besides Captain ****) was killed, they just brought him RIGHT back.  And used that as a story point.  The X-men have seen one of their own die and come back so many times, how does Xavier’s death really mean anything past, “What do we do to bring him back?  Cyclops, get on that.  Also, make me a cappuccino, you whiny bitch.”  Side note, Cyclops is the Luke Skywalker of the X-men.  I don’t even need to lay that one out for you.  But, I digress.

I didn’t mean for this to turn into the nerd rant that it did (pretty unavoidable with me, though), other than to say that you’re missing out on some really great opportunities here.  Your fan base are mostly intelligent people who will keep up with you if you give them the chance.   Death of an established character has been the number one literary device to fuel fear in literature since the beginning of time.  Find something else or you’ll become the dinosaurs that everyone worries that you already are.