Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

On Captain America's Death and the State of the Marvel Union

It seems Steve Rogers really is dead as of Captain America #25. I had hopes that it was all a ruse, but Civil War: the Confession pretty much wrapped up that loose end for me.

While I don't for a second believe this is a permanent thing, it's ironic that Marvel has brought back the un-resurrectables, Gwen Stacy and Bucky Barnes (very poorly and surprisingly well, respectively), in recent years only to have the ubiquitous Captain America killed so suddenly. If there was any doubt that Disassembled, House of M and Civil War changed everything in the Marvel Universe, it's gone now.

Cap's dead. Tony Stark is in charge of SHIELD and commands every registered superhero in America. The Avengers are nationwide. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the rest of Cap's hand-picked "New" Avengers are on the run. There are now only 198 mutants in the world.

Complain about Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada all you want, but as a writer I know what makes for good storytelling: high stakes. The Marvel Universe has a level of urgency and uncertainty now that it hasn't seen, well, ever really. In some ways, it's starting to resemble the WildStorm universe a bit, which I wholeheartedly approve of.

I still have suspicions that Steve Rogers is going to be somehow revived, and that he will take Tony Stark's place as Iron Man. This little gem of an image has been floating around the web for a few weeks...

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  • At 3/17/2007 10:47 PM , Blogger Paperboy said...

    I have loved cap since I was a little one. I do hope, however, that he stays dead. At DC Barry Allen has stayed dead (For the most part) and I hope they do the same here.

    My money says that Winter soldier becomes the new Cap.


  • At 3/18/2007 11:43 AM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

    No way he stays dead. It's all a matter of how and why they bring him back.

    Winter Soldier, eh? Bucky as Captain America... That's a really cool idea. The only problem I have with it is that I really like the character of the Winter Soldier, and I don't want to lose him.

    The Initiative should create a Captain Americorps; 50 captains, one for each state.

  • At 3/19/2007 12:41 AM , Blogger Joey Fanelli said...

    And one for DC. He could be the leader.


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