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Goblin

In Reply To
Kenny_Blankenchip

Subj: Well, it reflects what we see in Civil War [SPOILERS]
Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 07:04:42 am EST
Reply Subj: Power Imbalance in the New Lineups? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 11:19:37 pm EST

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Ok so we know that the new lineups are:

> > New Avengers (all confirmed):
> > 1. Echo
> > 2. Ronin (either Cap or Clint)
> > 3. Doctor Strange
> > 4. Wolverine
> > 5. Spider-Woman
> > 6.Luke Cage
7.Spider-Man
8. Iron Fist
> >
and

> > Mighty Avengers (all confirmed):
> > 1. Iron Man
> > 2. Wasp
> > 3. Black Widow
> > 4. Wonder Man
> > 5. Ms. Marvel
> > 6. Sentry
> > 7. Ares

We can surmise from the previews for the coming months that the Pro- Registration side "wins" so I understand there being a slight power imbalance but even if Ronin is Cap these teams are mismatched worse than the X- Men vs. Avengers!

For the new Avengers you have 4 street level characters, one mid-range strongman, two minor powerhouses in SW and SP, and one heavy hitter in Strange. This team has little in the way of power variety and bruisers. Without Strange this team loses to most established teams powerwise!

On the Mighty Avengers side you have-

For the other team, you have one street level, a shrinking woman, Ms. Marvel, who is basically WW for Marvel plus some EP, IM for excellent ranged attacks and strength, a powerhouse wargod AND the Sentry. Not to mention Simon who isnt too shabby, stronger and more durable than Cage, the one real strength character on the other team.

My question is why stack the deck so far in one direction? Why not Hercules or Thor with Caps team? That would add some serious power to the lineup or even the new and improved returning Hulk or his pissed off cousin once she finds out what Tony did to Bruce? Im just curious how two teams, who will from the previews, still be at odds after Civil War, even interact or have the obligatory comic fight when there is no doubt to the outcome?

The sides in Civil War are far from balanced too. The pro-registration side is packed with heavy-hitters -- Iron Man, She-Hulk, Doc Samson, Ms. Marvel, Sentry, the Thunderbolts. But the anti-registration side is largely street-level heroes. Their only heavy-hitter not part of the Fantastic Four is Hercules, and he's only involved because of Cap.

It only makes sense the two Avengers teams would fall into place in a similar way. Aside from Dr. Strange, the New Avengers don't have much in the way of available powerhouses to choose from. Hulk's... occupied and not exactly Avengers material(though like half the New Avengers are either). If there's no Cap, Hercules may feel no reason to involve himself. Thor's still MIA and his opinions still unknown. It's possible they could pull in Namor, but Strange may not be able to after the Illuminati falling out. It doesn't seem like most of the members are very well connected either, with the exception of Wolverine's connections to the X-Men.

It's like Iron Man has first draft picks for Mighty Avengers, and the New Avengers are left with what they can scrape together. The difference should make them interesting in their own ways.


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