Fan Wars: A New Hope
An inside look at the endless debates about our favorite superheroes and comic book characters. Hit the jump to find out more!
Before we start I just want to let you know that this article is not intended for trolls to wage their blind war on what they see as an opposing faction. Anyone who attempts to troll this thread will have their comment removed.
First off I just want to say no matter who your favorite character is, I will NEVER and neither should anyone discredit your opinion. I'm sure everyone has their own reasons for favoring a character more than the other, but that in no way should discredit other fans of other characters. Whether you have only seen 1 movie or you have collected every single piece of merchandise to do with a certain character, it doesn't stop you from being a fan.
It has come to my attention a lot of comic book fans deem themselves superior to other fans who are less versed in comic books, and that just isn't right. I for one have collected comic books for years now but just because I've read more comic books than you average fan doesn't make me a 'real' fan anymore than the next. I've noticed a lot on this site people being discredited because they haven't read a certain arc or haven't been collecting comic books before they was born, and I think that is wrong.
Whether you're a fan of the shows, animated shows and movies, live action movies or comic books, it still makes you a fan. If you prefer Smallville over the comics, it doesn't make you less of a fan of Superman. It just means you prefer one adaptation over the other, which is perfectly fine but a lot of so called 'fans' think its okay to discredit another fan for such reasons.
Another thing that has come to attention is certain fans getting stereotyped because a fan of the same character may have done or said some things that didn't sit right with people. That is also wrong. Take the death threats the critics received last year for giving The Dark Knight Rises negative reviews. Everyone knows the certain fans that did that was wrong, but since then a lot of Batman fans have been stereotyped to be just like those said fans. Those are the actions of a individual and not a fan base as a whole, so why should a fan base get blamed for those actions? It shouldn't.
The same goes for how certain people label Marvel fans these days. Just because you have a few fans on the site trolling away, it doesn't mean all Marvel fans are the same. Again those are the actions of an individual, and not the actions of a fan base as a whole.
I recently noticed a certain individual discrediting a certain fan base because their favorite character is not as powerful as Superman or as fast as The Flash. According to the certain individual, it must suck to have a favorite character that has no powers. Would you agree with that? I don't think many rational people would.
As fans we love to talk about who would beat who and who we would love to see fight, and we argue a case like a lawyer in court why our defendant will win. That is only natural and its fun and good spirit, yet certain individuals take the debate to seriously and start getting sensitive about certain things. These individuals (Usually individuals that hate 'realistic' comic book movies) usually end up using the term "In real life" to try justify their arguments while forgetting that all these characters are a work of fiction.
Can't we all just get along? Why is it after these debates do people feel so offended? When I personally have a debate with someone over a certain subject whether it being a movie or a character, I don't walk away from that with hard feelings towards that person. We are allowed to have opinions and opinions on them opinions but whats the point of taking it all personal? Isn't the beauty of it all that we all have different opinions about different things? I think so.
I for one am glad there are people out there that favor different characters to me and I respect that. Thor is not my favorite character but I could never discredit his greatness because that would be a contradiction to years of great Thor comics. I'm just saying it would be nice if we could all throw are opinions around and respect them, whether they differ from ours or not. You don't have to agree the reasoning or have to agree at all, but if someone says Thor could beat Batman and they explain in a sensible manner why, you cannot discredit that. If someone says Batman could beat Martian Manhunter and they can explain in a sensible manner why, you cannot discredit that.
The Flame Wars are almost a sport for comic book fans and they will never stop, but the Flame Wars have never been the problem. The problem is with the many fans who tend to walk away from the debate with hard feelings, which is where it starts become an ongoing problem. I think if we can recognize as a whole that everyone one of these characters are great in their own way, we could finally move forward as a community and get over this stage of blind hate certain fans have for each other.
"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." - Bryant H. McGill
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