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Iron Man Unit 007

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Unstable Molecule

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Subj: Re: the problem is that Stern left Amazing before outing Kingsley as Hobgoblin
Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:03:23 pm EST (Viewed 13 times)
Reply Subj: Re: When You Think About It, Isn't Daniel Kingsley Kind Of Stupid And Contrived?
Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:19:27 pm EST (Viewed 166 times)

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I love Stern, but he went back to the well with the whole "Hobgoblin stand-in" schtick so many times it became comical. There were so many red herrings in the original Who is the Hobgoblin mystery... Daniel was just another in a long line (Lefty Donavon, Ned Leeds, Flash Thompson...).

the problem is that Stern left Amazing before outing Kingsley as Hobgoblin, so instead they give us a rather flimsy scene of Ned Leeds dressed as Hobgoblin being ambushed and killed by non super human assassins.

When I first saw that, I knew Leeds wasn't the Hobgoblin. His behavior in that scene didn't fit with the previously established fact that the Hobgoblin was ruthless and a killer BEFORE he was the Hobgoblin. Remember he did blow up the van that his accomplice was driving while he was in it to ensure that only HE knew about having found the goblin equipment.

THEN he sets up someone else to recreate the serum, suffer the explosion and battle Spidey so that he can monitor, observe and record what the serum does so that he can perfect it.

Yet here have the scene with Ned Leeds supposedly as the Hobgoblin being ambushed and killed, unable to defend himself despite having the alleged super strength and speed to match Spidey in battle, plus he cried out for Spider-man to help him. So given all that, there is no way that Leeds could have been the real Hobgoblin.

had Stern been able to out the Hobgoblin and then leave the book things would have been a lot different.