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Subj: Look at it this way.
Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 at 03:12:30 pm EDT (Viewed 134 times)
Reply Subj: Do Starlord's early adventures have to be out of 616 continuity?
Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 at 11:02:18 pm EDT (Viewed 197 times)

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The only pre-Annihilation story of Starlord's that I have is the Starlord Special Edition comic written by Claremont. The marvel database wiki lists this as an alternate reality Starlord, but I didn't see anything there that precluded the story from happening in 616. When we meet Starlord in Annihilation, he's battle hardened, and regrets his actions as Starlord. It's all pretty vague. Is there any reason the pre-Annihilation Starlord stories we know HAVE to be out of 616 continuity?

Look at it this way.

Marvel had a continuity that had stood the test of time, with some minor exceptions like Teen Tony Stark. It was still a continuity free of reboots.

Around the time that Marvel gave Brian M. Bendis and Mark Millar, and Straczynski, and whoever did X-23 where she was a prostitute, etc., much freer reign with how the characters were depicted, around that same time the JLA/Avengers team up was wrapping up. At the end of that miniseries, the Marvel Universe was rebooted.

After that, Marvel stories went in a lot of different directions, some of which a lot of people haven't liked, but they have been a lot of fun.

My point is, the overall Marvel story that started with FF#1 ended with JLA/Avengers. Everything that came after that, that people called Nu-Marvel for a while, that is all a new version of Marvel with more fluid continuity and far fewer rules. And if you need a clear point for that split and an in-story reason for why that is, the JLA/Avengers miniseries is an excellent factor.

If you're skeptical, if you think I'm going a little overboard, OK, I understand. But after the recent Secret Wars event, where Beyonders and incursions destroyed reality and Doom became a Beyonder-god and welcomed all of the various alternate versions and different eras to exist simultaneously, and THEN rebooted the whole MU, by that point you have to admit it beyond a doubt. We are in a new and fluid continuity and therefore can more easily embrace and incorporate alternate realities and retcons.

So, the old StarLord stories had to be in an alternate continuity at the time. The way it is now though, they could even revisit those stories or bring in characters from them. That Starlord and our Starlord can team up now if someone wants to write that. At present, it can be in an alternate reality that is still part of the huge and cloudy current MU. DC has the same deal. I don't think it was wise for Marvel to become just like DC, because I loved that Marvel had a solid foundation and a firm basis for their universe.

But I'm not the guy making the decisions, and I can recognize that Marvel can be a lot more fun now without having any continuity to have to maintain,

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