Major Marvel Character To Be Killed Off In Civil War II

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To the surprise of basically no one, Marvel Comics plans to kill off what's described as a "major" Marvel superhero in the forthcoming event miniseries Civil War II, The Daily News reports.

The comic, which pits Iron Man against Captain Marvel with a team of Avengers flanking each, sees a mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy. This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.

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Captain Marvel is, of course, being propped up for her 2019 movie, so making her a lead character in a comic designed to cash in on an existing movie (Civil War II starts a month after Civil War hits theaters) makes sense.

“People’s personal accountability is the theme of this one,” series writer Brian Michael Bendis is quoted as saying. “From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online.”

The incident that galvanizes the superheroes into battle against one another involves this new seer predicting a catastrophe that will be brought on by a superhero in three days. This far out from publication, though, Bendis hasn't quite figured out what the catastrophe is. At the point when he was pitching the story, he hadn't even yet decided on a culprit. The article describes Bendis using Spider-Man Peter Parker as a kind of "placeholder" so they could have conversations about the story, but The Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott said he knew all along that Peter wouldn't be the guy they used -- and ultimately he wasn't.

“The death is the marketing hook,” explained publisher David Buckley. “The thing that’s really compelling is whether or not there’s a story afterwards that’s going to connect with readers and sustain it.”

 

 

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    • CB122320
    • 3 Posts in 7 Months

    This is a great arc for Civil War 2

    • Derangel
    • 133 Posts in 15 Months

    “The death is the marketing hook,” Well at least someone at Marvel has a the balls to admit that they keep doing these major deaths as nothing more than marketing and shock value. My reaction upon reading the first line of this article as as follows "UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHH". I am so freak sick and tired of Marvel thinking they have to kill off characters to keep people engaged and in order for an event to matter. Cap in Civil War 1, a ton of people that revealed themselves to be secret Skrulls in Secret Wars, Xavier in AvX, and so on. It's annoying and their deaths serve no purpose. At least they haven't decided to resurrect Xavier for the 3rd or 4th time (though they did do that stupid stupid thing with his brain). Pointless deaths are one of my big unforgivable sins of storytelling. If the death servers no other purpose than to shock and anger the audience then you have failed as a writer, or whoever forced you to write it has failed as an editor. It's lazy, it's cheap, it's crap. To paraphrase Linkara: When a character is killed you should hate the circumstances and not the writer. If you hate the writer than it is a bad death. A death, or any major shift in a character, should serve a purpose and should have a real impact. While it was a bit drawn out and not the best written story in the world I felt that Death of Wolverine actually managed to make the death more about the character than about surprising the audience. Despite it's problems it worked as a finality for the character and has let those affected by it grow and deal with it.

    • CB122332
    • 1 Posts in 7 Months

    She-Hulk being on the side of arresting people for future crimes they have yet to commit is so very much against her established character I am already suspicious of this event's "writing".

  1. Someone is gonna HATE star wars 8......

  2. “People’s personal accountability is the theme of this one,” series writer Brian Michael Bendis is quoted as saying. “From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online.”

    “The death is the marketing hook,” explained publisher David Buckley. “The thing that’s really compelling is whether or not there’s a story afterwards that’s going to connect with readers and sustain it.”

    I would like Marvel to one day come to the conclusion that they can accomplish the first paragraph I quoted without always having to resort to the second paragraph I also quoted below it. My problem with this announcement is how it will overshadow the event itself. When they have to bring out the "marketing hook" before the story even begins, it tells me that the story doesn't have enough depth to be told in the first place. All style, no substance, a meaningless death (that will be reversed sooner than later) and a story that won't matter within a few years. Make Mine... Image (no crossovers and creators can just tell the stories they want to).

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