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      I'm very opposed to the permanence of anything.

    I like that notion in theory if not in practice.

Indeed. "In practice" it depends on what and how.

There are certainly things that I adore and don't want to see end. The opposite holds true, as well.
- I have no wish to see Sentry ever again.
- I will never pine over Apocalypse.
- Fantomex probably should have stayed dead, too.
- Although I love the Spidey marriage, I would have accepted its ending had it been done in practically any other way than what OMD/OMIT gave us, especially if that way involved Aunt May really dying and not coming back.

But I cannot support the idea of a character staying dead, in perpetuity, simply because one writer/editor/regime okayed their death. This is especially true when deaths are done for shock/sales, which seems to be almost all of the time.

But you can't deny that some characters should have stayed dead, at least because their deaths became part of a larger mythos.

Norman Osborn dying is a death that hits on multiple levels, both in satisfaction that Gwen's killer has met justice and that despite his actions this was Peter's best friend's father. Osborn coming back cheapens that era of Spidey comics.

Phoenix should have stayed dead. I don't care what her name is or what it implies, Jean Grey did not need to come back.

Bucky should have stayed dead, dead, dead! I don't care how good people claim the Winter Soldier stories are. I've read some of 'em and I am not impressed. Bucky's death was important for a couple reasons, one showing Captain America does not always win (and giving a much needed win to the Zemo family) and showing the heroes why you shouldn't have teen sidekicks.

But hey, it's okay! Just because you die doesn't mean it's permanent or anything. Just wait a year or two, you'll be back!

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