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The Black Guardian

In Reply To
katefan

Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 06:55:45 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 05:56:34 am EST

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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.


> > 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.

I wasn't referring to whether it was safer or more dangerous, but it is different. There are much greater amounts of death these days, and despite what ignorant fans like to say, most of the deaths remain in place for significant amounts of time (if they're ever undone at all). There's the danger.

> 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.

Franklin's not eight.

Anyway, I would argue that more attempts at changing the MU have been made in the past 6 years than in the previous 30. The recent Peter/MJ thing is one of the few counter-examples (and it baffles me).

> > 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.

That's not true at all. Xavier "died" and came back. Wonder Man "died" and came back. Many, many villains "died" and came back.
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