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Iron Man Unit 007

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The Black Guardian

Location: Paragon City, RI
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Subj: Re: Secret Avengers #27...
Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 at 02:17:23 pm CDT (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Secret Avengers #27...
Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 at 12:55:42 pm CDT (Viewed 189 times)

    The only reason anyone dies from cancer in the Marvel Universe is contrived stupidity.

Whoa there, chief.

It was not a contrived plot device at all that gave Marv the disease. Granted at the time it wasn't intended to give him cancer, but when it came time to kill Marv off as part of ending that era of Marvel Cosmic, Starlin wanted to do his new creator owned Metamorphosis Odyssey in Epic Illustrated Magazine.

The deal came down to this: write DoCM and he can then write his tale in Epic Illustrated.....which would lead to the popular DREADSTAR series.

DoCM was as I recall based on the fact that his dad perished from cancer. The nerve gas being the cause of the disease was simply a convenience so they didn't have to make up something else.

The problem though with DoCM is that it was a very mortal and final death and Marv goes into the light at the end. Marvel has been basically backed into a corner ever since: bring Marv back but in a way that doesn't cheapen how he died.

How many times have their been stories where the MU was basically wiped out and restarted? Genis did it. Marvel the End did it. Warlock altered reality in an attempt to repair some of the cosmic damage from ANnihilation/War of Kings and as a result became the Magus by restoring that timeline, yet Marv stays dead. Hercules restores the universe in Chaos War, but Marv remains dead. Thanos once tested the power of the reality gem by restoring Marv as a prelude to twisting the universe so that death would love him, but Marv talked him out of it as Thanos subconsciously planned. Marv also stated he is supposed to be dead and remain dead so Thanos sent him back. We see in SA 27 that Marv still wanted to be dead but was yanked back against his will by the Phoenix.
Until Marv wants to come back from the dead he will remain dead and I thoroughly believe that we will lose Marv again at the end of this story due to Marvel not having the backbone to keep him alive.

All attempts at replacing Marv have ultimately failed, Carol Danvers may be the exception but we'll see.

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