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Subj: Re: Which super villains do you think are broken and how would you fix them?
Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 01:10:26 am EST (Viewed 241 times)
Reply Subj: Which super villains do you think are broken and how would you fix them?
Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 04:34:20 pm EST (Viewed 335 times)
First off, I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of making Marvel's heavy hitters trade heroes once in a while. There's no reason why the Avengers shouldn't have to fight Mister Sinister, or the Fantastic Four having to deal with the Leader's plans for world domination.
Anyway, I'd put the spotlight on some lesser known baddies...
-8-Ball: Before the idiots who wrote Daughters of the Dragon turned him into disposable cannon fodder, 8-Ball as written by Bob Budiansky was a swaggering deadpan snarker with a warped sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic.
Think he looks goofy in that billiard ball helmet? That's what he wants you to think-this is a guy who has no problems murdering people by crushing them under a collapsing building, decapitating them with his cue stick, or strapping them to giant billiard ball-like fireworks which he explodes to celebrate a successful robbery.
-Firebrand: Fire is both very necessary and very dangerous. What if it was acquired by someone who wasn't necessarily so much concerned with getting rich as causing as much sheer suffering, chaos and destruction as possible? Give the Firebrand outfit to an actual pyromaniac, put him up against the likes of Sleepwalker, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Spider-Man or Spider-Girl, and enjoy the mayhem...
-The Scorpion: Bring this guy back to his roots. He was originally created to be stronger, faster and deadlier than Spider-Man, the web-head's natural predator. Mark Millar had the right idea by giving him the Venom symbiote, but he then proceeded to flush it all away by having an unimpressed Spidey declare that "a loser dressed as Venom is still a loser", and having Mac Gargan instead be a whiny simp almost completely controlled by the symbiote, instead of the terrifying monstrosity who makes Spider-Man soil himself at the very thought of fighting him.
Eddie Brock has always been an overrated sissy-mary. Make Gargan the monster Stan and Steve originally conceived him as, the stone-cold killer that gives Spidey nightmares.
God, I hope Dan Slott is reading this...
-The Mongoose: Need a dangerously unstable hired psychopath who kills as much for fun as for money? Well, instead of recycling Bullseye or Sabertooth for the umpteenth time, why not show some love to another crazed whackjob who had the balls to take on the Mighty Thor and almost win?
Super speed, razor-sharp claws and a killer instinct-what's not to like?
-The Dreadknight: He's obsessed with deposing Doctor Doom and ruling Latveria, but it would be interesting to see what he'd actually do if he got that kind of power. Play up his knightly trappings by making him a warrior-king of old, who treats friend and foe alike with a warped, perverted sense of chivalry. Not only is he extremely vain and obsessed, Bram Velsing also considers himself a man of wealth and taste-after all, if he's to take over ruling Latveria, he ought to look and act the part!
-Psyko: This guy would be great drinking buddies with Carnage. If he ever escapes and regains his powers, he should be played up as a cross between Hannibal Lecter, the Joker and Freddy Krueger, a guy who terrifies people and dregs up their worst nightmares simply by being in their presence. His rampages, being here one minute and gone the next, cause widespread panic and fear well beyond the horrors he inflicts on his victims.
He's the Boogeyman, he's the rapist, he's the thing that goes bump in the night. There's nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide, because he'll always be able to find you. He's always there with you, lurking over your shoulder, knowing everything you think, everything you feel.
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