Well Thanks For The Apology Marvel. Now Shove Off!

So Marvel ‘apologized’ in the typical ‘if you’re offended, we didn’t mean it, but sorry’ kinda way that cowards apologize in for things they laugh at behind your back. The “Oh you caught us! We’re sorry!” Bogus apology, for this little stunt: http://www.publiusforum.com/2010/02/08/marvel-comics-captain-america-says-tea-parties-are-dangerous-and-racist/

Yeah, glad to see Marvel, which has always been hackney leftist, going full bore Obama surrogates to the masses. Right down to using the slur that if I used would be considered homophobe, but when used by ‘tolerant’ leftists to describe the Tea Party is just a play on words. No really. No standards but double standards. I don’t care if Captain America is left of center. I mean, he’s a child of the New Deal, who probably really thinks FDR’s policies got the country out of the Depression, when really it was us being neutral for a few years longer, so we could bring industry up to speed fighting World War II. Popular history does that to people. What I care about is the blatant disrespect for long-time readers it displays. Just like G.R.R Martin can insult his readers with supposed impunity for daring to suggest that maybe Jim Butcher deserves a Hugo too. Or that maybe everyone should be able to  either 1) show a photo ID or, 2) Have a person who can actually vouch that a voter is alive and from that district present when they perform one of the most solemn duties in a republic.

I’m tired of being insulted by people who are asking for my time, money, and attention. I’m tired of them thinking the Law of Supply and Demand doesn’t apply to them. And I’m tired of being lied to with their apologies, when we know full well they’ll do the same thing again.

This is why my Song of Ice & Fire series is in a “Go to Used Book Store” pile. And this is why I’m now done with Marvel too. When they can demonstrate they’re interested in entertaining rather than preaching to low information voters, I *might* reconsider my non-interest. But until then, they can go take a flying leap into their second bankruptcy, for all I care.

An Exceptional Article On Comic Fiction

One that can be expanded to fiction in general: http://www.reaxxion.com/6512/erik-larsen-speaks-on-online-outrage-women-in-comics-and-sexist-costume-designs

One of the reasons I truly despise the discussions of ‘outfits’ in fiction is that they forget that speculative fiction is meant to be idealized. “Realism” is, quite frankly, what most of our audience is trying to get AWAY from. Now, in a movie setting, I understand more of it. Because they are real people having to look like they can do real things. The fantastic elements also end up toned down as a result. But even then, I’ve said before: It made sense in the Batman movies. Because he’s clearly a ‘normal’ person going against ‘normal’ enemies. His superpower is being all-prepared with Bruce Wayne’s almost infinite resources. This did not carry over well to Man of Steel, as Superman is quite clearly other than human.

But this has, in some sense, what has always been the problem with Superman in all his incarnations. The greatest threat Superman ever faces is himself. His rogues’ gallery is weak. And the only way to threaten him is to find unobtainium. I also laugh at the ‘realistic’ Wonder Woman suit. As Larsen’s counter makes clear, her attire clearly recalls her origin story. And it is not her outfit that makes her look ‘weak.’ I laugh at how the movie costume is running away from her iconic look as fast as it can, and the critics STILL body shame her.

With a certain segment of the population, there will *always* be body shaming, unless no one beautiful is seen in public. I would never Suggest Just Who that might be, however.

The One Thing I Believed Could Kill the Marvel Universe

Was trying to revisit the “Civil War” storyline. It seems they’re going to do it: http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/robert-downey-jr-suiting-up-as-iron-man-for-%E2%80%98captain-america-3%E2%80%B2/ar-BB9aX17

For those not in the know, the Marvel Civil War was fought over the registration of all “mutants.” Tony Stark comes up with the plan, and Steve Rogers (Captain America) opposes it. The comics end with Rogers dead and Stark looking like a grade A Jackwagon as the registration plan blows up when, of course, the wrong people get the list and use it to target heroes. (Because really, who would imagine the Government would do that?)

There was no reason to do this in the comics, other than the age-old adage that the one thing that sells to kids is a HUGE fight. “Who’s better, Superman or Spiderman?” Well, they can’t answer that, because DC vs Marvel. But they can try to answer who the top dog in the Avengers is. So fights sell to the younger generation.

Of course, to those who start caring about the storyline, it made no sense then, and no sense now. The idea that Mr “Privatize World Peace” Tony Stark, aka Biggest Comic Book Libertarian not named Bruce Wayne, would support government registration of heroes is nonsense. We already know in the movie universe he doesn’t trust the Government, because Iron Man 2 was all about NOT selling his suits to have them used in combat. So the idea that he’s less libertarian in the movies is dubious. One could argue that Mr “America Right or Wrong” Cap would be the one to support said legislation. Except, of course, that in the movie universe, that means HYDRA is the one getting the list.

Oh, that’ll end well. And we really believe Stark would go along with this? Because he’s not aware of HYDRA at the controls? Oh wait, we’ve seen that Stark Industries has former SHIELD working for it. So we know he is. Yeah, the Civil War, as it was done in the comics–which was bad then–is worse in the movie universe.

The only thing I can guess is they’re using the “Civil War” tagline for marketing to Marvel Fans, and in truth, it’s Hydra trying to out all the heroes. This would work. Maybe some of the less aware “heroes” would go in on it even. But I don’t buy the Rogers/Stark faceoff. And if that’s where they go, I probably stay home.