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Subj: Re: Well, damn.
Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:48:15 am EST (Viewed 158 times)
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I'm actually ok with Vision getting a bit of a rest. I feel it is very important that he go away for however long it takes for people to forget the "made of nanobots" thing, and just go back to his original "artificial human".

See, if he'd been a prominent character for years, and they'd just screwed him up recently, I'd probably agree with you with the idea of "this character needs to go away for a while before this portrayal of them becomes the default norm for them". (Cyclops, I'm looking at you. You should've gone away for a while in 2004.) But Vision? Dude's been getting sidelined, ignored and screwed-over since 1988, when Byrne ruined him. He 'died' in 2004, didn't come back until late 2011, the last of the Disassembled-era deaths to be undone; Hawkeye was back by mid-2005, Thor in 2007, then Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts both in the first half of 2011. Even Gilgamesh came back, died, and came back again before anyone brought Vision back.

Throwing him back into limbo for a lengthy period won't just "make people forget about the 'made of nanites' concept", it'll result in even more readers, and more writers, ceasing to remember he even exists, let alone care about him. The 'rehabilitation' needs to take the following steps:

1) Rather than just waiting until people forget about him being Man of Nanites, and then just show up, back to normal, actually do a story that returns him to his original concept.

2) Put him in a major role in one of the main Avengers books, one that people are actually reading.

3) Give him a sympathetic portrayal, rather than writing him as a cold/aloof/distant jerk that we're not supposed to like, as has happened too often.

4) If you have the capability of reading, you should be able to notice that he's clearly nothing like Wonder Man at all. Stop claiming he's "a copy" of that knuckledragger, stop giving them "shared likes" to try and "prove" they're similar, and stop treating him as the less-important, less-sympathetic of the two characters. Just because Byrne thought so doesn't mean anyone at modern-day Marvel should be bound by his wrongness forevermore.

5) Let him re-connect with his family. People want to see this.

I'm still waiting on actual official confirmation that he's in the movie before getting enthusiastic about that (or worrying that they'll make him look too robotic, like in the 1999 cartoon), but I do find myself expecting that even if he IS in it, he and the twins won't get the push Hawkeye and Black Widow got in the comics, because few people at Marvel seem to like, let alone 'get' them.

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