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  1. Salkafar

    Dark Phoenix trailer

    They retconned it so they could bring her back.
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    Dark Phoenix trailer

    Well, that was the original story. It made sense in the context of the old idea about mutants. When X-Men started, the cultural perception of 'mutants' was not the biological sense, but 'The future superhumans who will take over the world with their mysterious, superior abilities'. Like Nietzsche, who expected his √úbermensch to naturally emerge from humanity, in what I guess is a misunderstanding of Darwinian evolution. Early on, the X-Men didn't just have their special power, they were innately superior to ordinary humans - like a +1 in every area. It was actually a holdover from a slightly earlier age in science fiction, viz. Frank N. Robinson's "The Power". I'll spoil it for you: the protagonist of that novel discovers he is being drawn into a conflict between superhumans with mysterious powers, who gradually destroy his life while he runs from them; in a final confrontation with the most dangerous superhuman, he realizes the reason they are after him is that he is a superhuman himself; he defeats and destroys his opponent and immediately abandons his own humanity, instantly losing all sympathy for ordinary humans. That is of course the fear: if a future human race emerges, why would they view us as anything better than apes? And how do we treat apes? Anyway, Jean was always the girl of the team in more ways than one; her power made her physically the least qualified to engage (Cyclops had his powerful, destructive eye beam; Beast had the strength and agility of an urangutan; Iceman could freeze anything by touch, and Angel could fly under his own power) because it was telekinesis, and not very powerful telekinesis. Revealing she was on the team not to be a fighter, but to keep an eye on her after professor X psychically restrained her power is minor genius: the weak member of the term turns out to be terrifyingly powerful, the team more serving too keep her 'grounded' and in touch with her humanity. The ultimate failure to do that is excellent drama. Didn't they already make that film, however?
  3. Salkafar

    Venom 2018

    The reviews are in, and oh boy, the critics are not loving it. The audience seems to like it, though.
  4. Salkafar

    The Real Sci-Fi Channel

    I will. Thanks.
  5. Salkafar

    New Chapter status?

    They are.
  6. Salkafar

    New Chapter status?

    Hooray for boobies.
  7. Salkafar

    The IRON MAN thread

    Crossover events are one of the most basic phenomena in comics. Nowadays, it's virtually impossible to have a year go by without both of the Big Two having one. They vary greatly. Some are considered legendary, hallmark comics. Others, absolute dreck. Some crossovers are viewed as great milestones, so important they become bywords for world-changing events. In DC's case, the textbook example would be the Crisis on Infinite Earths. For Marvel, I propose it's Civil War. Civil War was huge. It was one of those very rare crossovers that lives up to the hype. I recall reading in a comic, months before, in some editorial, fourth-wall-breaking captions, that it was going to 'rip the fandom in two', and that is precisely what happened. The concept - as always with great works - is simple. Many years earlier, the X-Men had had to deal with the 'Mutant Registration Act', legislation which would require of all people with mutant powers to register their identity with the government. Now, the 'Super-Human Registration Act', SHRA, was proposed, which would require all super-powered Americans to register their identity and powers, and to get a license to use their powers in public. Some people, especially young, inexperienced superhumans, would be required to attend a training camp to get the license. This seems invasive and paternalistic, bordering on fascistic according to some, logical and responsible according to others. After all, people are required to have a license to drive a car or own a fire-arm and those can often do far less harm than certain super-powers. About half the super-heroes tended to agree, about half opposed, with the vast majority not 100% sure which side to pick... and therefore picking based on who was leading the opposing parties. The heroes who opposed registration and ended up going 'underground', even posing violent resistance from hiding, were led by Captain America. The heroes who supported registration, by Iron Man. In the months that led up to the story, it was becoming clear that the government would sign the bill into law. Tony Stark lobbied for all that he was worth to stop this from happening, aided by his protegé Peter Parker, but then disaster struck: a group of young heroes, the New Warriors, who were filming their own reality TV-show, happened upon a group of supervillains who had been among the dozens who had escaped the super-prison the Raft months earlier. They engaged, but in the battle, one of the villains - the psychotic Nitro, who has the ability to explode and re-form himself at will - detonated with such tremendous force that over 600 people, including the New Warriors (with one survivor) and almost a hundred children were killed in the blast. A horrified Congress passed the bill almost immediately... and Tony Stark now had to work to get the law accepted by the superhero community. As said, this failed; about half of the heroes refused to accede, leading to basically a nationwide manhunt for Captain America and his allies. In the event - comprised of a main series, several accompanying mini-series, one-shots and crossovers with regular series, making it possibly the most massive example of its kind in Marvel history - Tony was the face of the pro-registration side. And he suffered for it. Some fans agreed with him, many others denounced him as a fascist bully-boy fighting to oppress everybody. While ostensibly neutral, in fact the comics fairly consistently depicted him as unreasonable, blinkered, and his methods brutal; superheroes who got arrested were sent to '42', a prison in the Negative Zone which was shown to be a deeply unpleasant place, akin to a Soviet gulag. About halfway through the event, Spider-Man decided he could no longer side with the pro-Registrationers, and defected (this led straight into the events of 'One more day', probably one of the most despised Marvel comics of all time), leaving Stark even more alone and abandoned. In the end, Pro-registration won, with Captain America being arrested and, just before his trial, assassinated by order of the Red Skull. The superhero community was and remained deeply divided for years, and the Marvel landscape was profoundly changed. And at the heart of it all was Iron Man. This, I have to say, was what broke the hero. This was the cut-off point he never really recovered from. The issues of his own comic dedicated to 'Civil War' were a two-issue story; in the first one, the villainous Spymaster broke into Stark Industries to assassinate Tony Stark, ensuring chaos and more profit for him, while also taking revenge on his hated enemy. It went differently; Happy Hogan managed to stop him, and while the villain got away to lick his wounds, Happy was left severely injured without anyone even knowing who had been the perpetrator. In the second issue, Happy was in hospital in a persistent vegetative state, life support systems keeping his organs going; there was no hope of recovery. Pepper told Tony that Happy, a former boxer (if you recall) once told her that that was no way to live; some old friends and idols of him, great fighters in their time, were little more than vegetables after they retired. Iron Man confronted Cap's side, including Spider-Man, and demanded to know if they were in any way responsible for what had happened; satisfied with their vehement denial, he let them go. The issue ended dramatically: Happy died, it being heavily implied that Tony had used his Extremis abilities to shut down his life support functions, rather than letting him live on as a living dead man. From here on out, things were never quite the same.
  8. Salkafar

    New Chapter status?

    The concept isn't THAT strong. And we never really got any delving into the psychological and philosophical ramifications of the story. Most of it is just monster battles with regular upgrades.
  9. Salkafar

    Who else is as strong as a Guyver?

    Strength in Guyver is really iffy. Take the infamous image of a Gregole on X-day, lifting an Abrams tank - which weighs more than 50 tons - overhead.
  10. Salkafar

    Favorite Spaceships (Spoilers Possible)

    Then there's this beautiful piece of crap...
  11. Salkafar

    Venom 2018

    I honestly don't see how this is going to work. ...No, I take that back. Still, it's strange to divorce it entirely from the Spider-Man connection.
  12. Salkafar

    Favorite Spaceships (Spoilers Possible)

    I don't have A particular favorite, I have several ships I love; but one of them surely is the Heart of Gold. Powered by the unique Infinite Improbability drive, the ship travels by having the ship's computer calculate precisely how improbable it is for the ship to -be- in the desired location and feeding it into the engine, the matchbox-sized, eponymous Heart of Gold - which itself only exists because someone had a finite improbability calculator work out how improbable it was for something like it to exist. The genius of the move led to the death of its creator when he was lynched by outraged scientists who hadn't thought of it before. There is, in practice, nothing the ship can't do and nowhere it cannot go, since, in principle, nothing is truly impossible; just improbable to a varying degree. Unfortunately the side effects of having something in your ship that makes literally any concept a possible reality are unpredictable (at least without the ship's computer) and lead to some peculiar situations.
  13. Salkafar

    Dragon Ball Super Movie - Broly

    I mean what is the point of Dragonball at this stage. Of course you could say that about the franchise for at least the last 15 years. Originally it was a fun take on Journey to the West, but what even is it now?
  14. Salkafar

    Dragon Ball Super Movie - Broly

    What is even the point of the series.
  15. Salkafar

    Time for another Guyver vs discussion.

    The Gigasmasher could lay waste to an entire city, I do not doubt. Only god knows what the Exceed's Gigasmashers ('Terasmashers?' Exasmashers?) could destroy. An entire planet?
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