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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 04:24:34 pm EDT (Viewed 265 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 02:12:29 am EDT (Viewed 10 times)


      If a character is underused, it is not the fault of the character. Writers act like a character is broken, when in fact they are just failing to do their job.

    In fairness, a writer can't be expected to like and/or see potential in every character. You like who you like, and in truth, some characters are just plain terrible. Poorly-conceived from top to bottom. I've never subscribed to the philosophy "There are no bad characters, only bad writers." No, sometimes there actually are bad characters.

I totally agree that some characters really are just bad. But someone always sees the potential in a character that another reader might not. Almost every major character (within reason) has their fans.

Personally I think the Wizard is one of the lamest. He never wins. His costume is hot pink/magenta. He just seems like a generic super genius.

I'm curious which characters you think are just poorly conceived top to bottom.

    On the other hand, I certainly don't believe Monica falls into that category, but she's been nonetheless ignored by writers for the most part over the past twenty-five years. For whatever reason. I can't say I agree with her being "too flawless." I generally find that characters like that seem to be lightning rods for writers to do their "tear a character down in order to build them back up again" shtick.

She's flawless but you also have to be careful how far you tear her down due to the race thing. If you did to Monica some of the things the other Avengers females have gone through it may be fair but it wouldn't LOOK fair to put a minority character through it.

Can you imagine fan reaction if Monica:
1. Was given a supernatural pregnancy and married her quasi rapist/son while the Avengers were oblivious?

2. Was responsible for mutant genocide partly because her children were revealed to be figments of her imagination.

3. Got backhanded by her love interest and then over the years infrequently got back together with him?

4. Devolved into a mindless animal creature

5. Got married, cheated on her husband with an insurance salesman then went back to her now married ex-boyfriend and tried to come in between him and his wife.

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