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Subj: Re: How about Major Marvel
Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2021 at 04:53:43 am EST (Viewed 62 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How about Major Marvel
Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2021 at 01:33:39 am EST (Viewed 60 times)

    Seriously, if there can be a Captain Marvel why not Major Marvel

The problem with that idea is that unlike "Captain", the word "Major" indicates a specific rank in a military-style hierarchy. "Captain" OTOH is not only ambiguous as a rank (a navy captain is the equivalent of an army colonel), it is also used formally or informally for people with a much smaller authority, e. g. the captain of a yacht or the captain of a football team. Call a superhero Major Something, and there's bound to be questions who appointed them, or whether they hold the rank of major in their non-costumed role. Monica Rambeau was a lieutenant in the New Orleans Harbor Patrol, so some might feel that she would be presumptuous to assume the rank of major (others might consider her nautical background reason to call her Commodore Marvel or Admiral Marvel ;\-\) )

It would also once again invite comparisons with Carol Danvers, who was an actual major in the USAF before she became a superheroine.

Incidentally, I am a bit dubious about including the "Marvel" bit anyway. In the Marvel Universe, "Marvel" these days tends to indicate a connection to Mar-Vell and the Kree (in the case of Mar-Vell himself and his two kids, as well as Carol's aliases Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, and the current Marvel Boy, Noh-Varr) or to Carol Danvers (Kamala Khan named herself after the original Ms. Marvel and dresses herself in a variation of one of her costumes). Other "Marvel" names (Marvel Girl, Speedball the Masked Marvel) seem to have fallen into disuse.