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Subj: Re: Which super villains do you think are broken and how would you fix them?
Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 11:37:47 am EST (Viewed 211 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Which super villains do you think are broken and how would you fix them?
Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 09:40:35 am EST (Viewed 251 times)

    To tell the truth, there are just too many. I think that some of the problem is that the villains have become too static...fighting the exact same heroes for forty (and nearly fifty) years at this point. I think that they need to branch out a little, like they were doing in the late 80s and early 90s. Just because Hobgoblin and Green Goblin are in Spidey's rogues gallery does not mean that they should not be in someone else's rogue's gallery as well. Don't even get me started on the X-villains, who (outside of Magneto) only seem to encounter X-characters.

Agree that there should be more crossing over with respect to villains, but it has to make sense for the story. Wolverine hunting down the Lizard would be a natural story. Certain villains need to be moved from specific heroes corners and into the greater context of the Marvel Universe. There is no reason why X-Men villains like Arcade and Mojo shouldn't be used for characters like the Fantastic Four, Avengers, or Spider-Man. There's nothing about Arcade that makes him a natural foe for the X-Men, though there is a natural reason why the Green Goblin is used for Spider-Man.

    Hawkeye/Mockingbird/Black Widow--First off, they should be in a 60s/70s style split book. It would work...end of story. As for the villains, I know that the Iron Man villain Ghost has been reworked, but he would have made a perfect villain for these three. Baron Strucker would be an interesting addition, especially because of the spy angle of two out of the three characters. Bringing in a resurrected Nathan Garrett Black Knight would be cool. Ditto for a new Night Shift.

It wouldn't work as a split book, it's a format that I don't beleive would work. If someone isn't willing to pay $3 for 22 pages of Black Widow, why would you think they would be willing to pay the same amount for 11 pages?

For those specific characters who obviously have trouble with their solo series, I think it would be best to just create a team book for them. A SHIELD/Avengers team made with characters such as the Black Widow, Mockingbird, Hawkeye, the Falcon, and Bucky seems like a good idea for a title. This is kind of the purpose for the Secret Avengers, so it would be best to just include them in that group instead.