EDITORIAL: Will Marvel's Cinematic Universe Be The Downfall To Marvel Comics?
Let me start off by saying, I haven't brought a Marvel comic all year. I could give you multiple reasons as to why. First off I have no job and barely have any money so I only buy Scott Synder's Batman. Another reason why is that since Marvel is doing a their relaunch with Marvel NOW, I rather wait to buy something from the new number #1 series then buy a series that is ending. Now lets get back on topic. What characters made Marvel who they are? Those characters are Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Hulk. Those were the ones who put Marvel in a mainstream way. Now when it comes to movies, Marvel owns the film rights to the Hulk so take him out and we got Spider-Man and the X-Men. This year Marvel successful pulled off their gamble and not only made The Avengers work but a Cinematic Universe work. They did this without the help from their big named heroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men. Now I've noticed a different Marvel Comic this year. There are reasons to believe that because of the success of The Avengers & Marvel's Cinematic Universe that Marvel Comics main focusing on characters with film rights they own and jeopardizing characters they don't own. Let me explain.
LEVITIKUZ has a hunch that Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will be the downfall to Marvel Comics. Characters Marvel doesn’t own film rights to will take a backseat to those they do own. Click to check it out.
First off thanks to the success of The Avengers, Hawkeye has his own series. Let’s take a look at Hawkeye's solo comic’s series history. The first Hawkeye series was Hawkeye Volume 1 and that started September 1983 and it ended on December 1983. Volume 2 started on January 1994 and ended on April 1994. Volume 3 started on December 2003 and that ended August 2004. Volume 4 is the most recent series and that started August 2012 and is still going on. Even the look of Hawkeye in his series is the very similar to the Hawkeye in The Avengers movie. Hell if you go on Marvel's website and look at Hawkeye #1 you will see a description that says the following:
The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster AVENGERS film and self-made hero Hawkeye fights for justice!
Marvel is basically telling us that there making changes with comics when something big happens in movies. Let’s move on to a different topic.
Recently Marvel introduced 2 new characters in their 616 Universe: Marcus Johnson and Phil Coulson. Marcus Johnson is the son of Nick Fury. While Nick Fury in the 616 is as white as cocaine, his son Marcus is as black as night. I'm not being racist at all but when a white man and a black woman have a child, the child is mixed. The child doesn't look all black or all white but mixed. Marcus Johnson doesn't look like mixed. Another thing is that he looks like SAMUEL L JACKSON. Marvel is trying to connect comics and film so they created a bullshit character so could there be a black Nick Fury in the 616 Universe. The other character that Marvel is introducing in comics is Phil Coulson. Phil Couslon was primarily responsible for putting The Avengers together in the film. Now he is in the comics. He is also a friend to Marcus Johnson. While it’s cool to see Phil Coulson in the comics, it feels forced thanks to the success and fan base the character received.
My third reason has to do with Guardians of the Galaxy. Now I'm going to be honest, I know nothing about them. That's why you do research, to know what you’re talking about so you don't look like an idiot. Now let’s look at their publication history. The first Guardians of the Galaxy started in 1969. None of them are the Guardians of the Galaxy that will be in the future 2014 film. The ones that will be, their first appearance was May 2008 and their series was canceled on April 2010 but they also had 2 one-shot series which came out May 2010 and January 2011. Marvel announced that the Guardians of the Galaxy will have a new series that will be a part of Marvel NOW. Marvel announced July 2012 that they will be making a film. It seems a little too obvious that the reason they will be in Marvel NOW will be to create public awareness for the Guardians of the Galaxy so when the movie comes up, people have an idea of who they are.
Marvel made the Avengers vs. X-Men event which pins both superpower teams together. Now in this event there are a couple of things that happen that would make people not want to read X-Men in the future. First off, they killed off Professor Xavier. This isn't like killing a second rate character, this is big. There really isn't a more important character in X-Men then Professor X and he's dead. Another thing that happened as a result of the Avengers vs X-Men crossover was that Cyclops is now viewed as a bad guy. Even though Cyclops was consumed by the Phoenix force, Cyclops still went to prison and killed Professor X. Cyclops is suppose to be the good boy scout leader like Superman with the Justice League and Captain America with the Avengers. Cyclops has been mistreated. Now Fox has said that they are developing an adaption of Days of Future Past and next we will see an adaption of the Wolverine Japan Saga in The Wolverine. Now I understand Cyclops isn't in Days of Future Past but still marketing wise, he could be beneficial.
My last piece of evidence is the Amazing Spider-Man; I mean I mean the Superior Spider-Man. First off, that is an incredibly bullshit reason why Doc Ock is now Spider-Man. Dan Slott is a talentless hack and this reason why Ock wanted to be Spidey sounds like something a six year old who write. Now I'm going to get off my rant. People know I don't like Slott and Slott doesn't like me. My point is this year we saw Sony release their Spider-Man reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man. Now recently the The Amazing Spider-Man was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Now I don't care if you loved it or hated it, with Christmas coming soon, many children may want that movie and get it under their tree. The day after Christmas, the Amazing Spider-Man comic series will release their #700 and last issue and will reveal that Peter Parker will die in Doc Ock's body and Doc Ock will be the Superior Spider-Man. Now as I said before, this is comics. There is a good chance Peter Parker will come back as Spider-Man one day but for now we have Doc Ock. There is no comic’s series in Marvel that we see Peter Parker has Spider-Man. I'm alright and never had a problem with Miles Morales as the Ultimate Spider-Man. At least Peter Parker died honorably in that series. With no Peter Parker as Spider-Man, how are kids suppose to get into Spider-Man after getting The Amazing Spider-Man? Let’s say that they don't bring back Peter Parker by the time for a sequel, how can people get into the comics and read about Peter Parker if he's not there? Marvel ruined Spider-Man.
The whole point I'm making is it seems that Marvel is focusing on characters they own film rights to rather than those they don't in comics. There will be a Spider-Man, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014 and it seems Marvel is trying to hype up Guardians of the Galaxy more than the others. Marvel could be trying to sabotage characters they don't own film rights to through comics. I grew up with DC and the good news is WB's owns the film rights with all the DC characters so we don't have these problems in comics. What are your thoughts and feelings? Do you think I make a good point or I'm just talking nonsense? Comment below. Peace.
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