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katefan

In Reply To
The Black Guardian

Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 05:56:34 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 05:43:48 am EST

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> > Nothing has really changed in this regard, except, it used to be
> > that there was no risk. Today there is risk aplenty
>
> I don't know what you mean by "risk". The status quo gets set back
> to zero almost every time. The dead return to life, the Baxter
> Building gets rebuilt, Iron Man regains control of his company, etc.

Either way you slice it, nothing has really changed. They are generally more likely to kill these days, even if it doesn't stick (many times it does).
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> The current status quo is markedly different than it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20...

Different doesn't mean safer or more dangerous, it just means you have different writers and editors doing different things within the same static parameters.

If you go back to the first ten years of the MU you see the most dramatic changes; Reed and Sue have a baby, Spider Man graduates high school and attends college, etc. They've been more or less spinning their wheels ever since and most recently in Amazing Spider Man he's taken a huge step back with the mega-annulment of his marriage and moving back in with Aunt May. How old is Franklin Richards? Eight? Perpetually eight. Static universe.

> Back 30-40 years ago, Marvel was basically unwilling at all to kill significant characters. These days, they are more willing to do so, even if it only lasts several years.

30-40 years ago characters weren't being brought back to life like they are now, if at all. When Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin died it was a big deal. Now it is not a matter of if a character might come back, it is when. Jean Grey was the first big rebirth and writers and editors have been abusing the death reset button ever since.



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