August 21, 2016

Stop killing our heroes!!!

Tony Stark mourn James Rhodes in Civil War 2

Civil War 2 is the new Marvel's mega saga that came to, guess what, kill a couple more characters. This time Bruce Banner and James Rhodes, known as Hulk and War Machine, were the new victims. Is that sad? No. And you know why? Because nobody cares anymore!

Back in the day when an important character died, it would be a hell of a deal. When Gwen Stacy, Spider-man's first love, died, even though I read it years later through the reprints, it was a very emotional moment. I remember clearly how Peter's mourning made me sad and depressed. I could say Gwen's passing was my first contact with this ugly big thing called death.

The last great time comics that killed a character and really had public going for it was The Death of Superman event. After his return readers just realized a character will never really die in the comic book world; it will eventually return. So, why bother? Why care? Jean Grey, for example, died and returned several times, to the point we start questioning the originality of the plot.

The Death of Superman: The last time I believed a character could really die.

I can name by heart at least 20 important characters who "died" and then came back. You don't mess with reader's emotions like that: killing a character to increase sales and then bringing them back to sell a few more issues. Death is something deeper. It's emotional. It's hard. And it hurts.

Gwen Stacy's death: Devastating moment! 

Gwen's death devastated Peter Parker and even nowadays it remains an open wound in his heart. The same happened to Batman when his second sidekick, Jason Todd, was brutally killed by the Joker. It made us see not only the villain is not a funny clown, but it also made us see a side of Batman people are not used to seeing. However, while Marvel kept Gwen dead in its main timeline, DC decided to bring Jason back from the world of dead. And why? No reason other than to make A death in the Family storyline something we don't respect as much anymore.

Death of Jason Todd: Why bringing him back after this memorable storyline?
Comic Books should learn how to honor death. It says it likes to reflect reality in its stories, but it doesn't understand yet that when someone we love is gone in the real world, it's gone for good. So, unless Comic Books learn to understand how death "works", readers are just not going to ride with them in the journeys they propose. 

Mary Jane Watson is black! So what?!

Zendaya will be playing Mary Jane Watson.

I've been reading a lot of BS about Zendaya, who's possibly playing Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's love interest, in the upcoming Marvel's Spider-man: Homecoming. A lot of friends come to me to ask my opinion about this "unusual" cast choice, because they know I'm into comic books since I was 8 years old and I love Spider-man.

My answer is: I love it! I really do! I really really really really really really love it!

Let's get one thing straight: Mary Jane is white in the comic books. We know it! But it couldn't be any different back in 1965 when she was created. At that time, it was not seen with good eyes a white man dating a black girl. So, it explains why Peter Parker, born and raised in an ongoing diverse New York, only dated white girls. Can you name any important black female characters at that time? Neither do I!

Let's face it: Comic Books were not always a place that embraced diversity. Justice League and Avengers, for example, were depicted with a majority of white characters. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love those characters as well, but I'm happy with the new world! Comics accepting Black, Latins, Asians, Muslins and all other types of characters was something I was always looking for.

The Original Mary Jane Watson.
TV and Cinema were great gateways for diversity. It embraced non-white actors playing famous characters. Just to name a few recent examples: Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury for Marvel Cinematic Universe and Candice Patton as Iris West in Flash were very well accepted by critics and helped people see we lacked other races in the Super-heroes Universe. And good to see it's being fixed little by little!

When Zendaya was announced in the Homecoming movie as a "minor" character named Michelle, I knew they were bluffing. In fact, I was expecting her to play Gwen Stacy, but I think Emma Watson's portray of Peter's first love was still a recent memory a lot of us love, whereas Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane was something a lot of us would love to forget. Well done, Marvel Studios!!!

Welcome, Zendaya! Be the best Mary Jane you can be. We know you've got what it takes to do a great job. You may experience some hate, some mean tweets, but, you know what, the best way for you to give a straight answer is by being great.

And you, guys, don't bother spreading your hate on my post!!! Love, on the other hand, is pretty much appreciated!