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Subj: the real answer is that no one cares
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 10:18:30 pm EDT (Viewed 347 times)
Reply Subj: How come Marvel doesn't use Monica Rambeau more?
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 10:55:27 am EDT (Viewed 19 times)

    Just something that really bothers me. For most of us old school Avengers fans she is very popular. She is highly respected. Great sense of morals. great look. I understand after Roger Stern stopped writing her that some writers had a hard time writing her due to her being so powerful. also like Storm, she represents being a strong black woman. Diversity isn't bad. I think people who started reading Avengers when Wolverine joined would of really liked her as a hero (though I'd be scared with what Bendis would do to her if she did, so maybe it's not such a bad thing). She kinda just shows up in the background here and there but the last few times she had any major screen time, she was portrayed as kinda vapid and slutty (Marvel Divas) or B####Y and unconfident (Nextwave....though it has been debatable as to whether or not that is in continuity). Those portrayals are NOT what Monica is about.

    What are your thoughts?

The real answer is that no creator cares to use the character. If a creator wanted to use them, they would be able to. This is true not just for c-list characters like Photon, but for any character. Mockingbird is in the title because Bendis wants to use her, the same for Squirrel Girl, Wolverine, Spider-Man etc.

I've never seen any of Marvel's main writers say they wanted to use the character. How many writers or even fans are going to say she's their favorite?

It's not an overt reason against here, writers aren't racist, sexist, unable to write a strong female leader, etc. It's just that they don't want to with her.

There are surely times when Marvel will suggest that a writer use a character, but Marvel isn't going to force Photon on any writer. Her fans are small in number. But also her "fans" complain anytime they use the character. Even here you've complain about her last two stints out in a title (Divas and Nextwave), what encouragement does that give Marvel? Absolutely none.