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  1. There are strong hints that William committed suicide by cutting his wrists in the same bath that his wife killed herself in. Which means that William, like his father-in-law, has had his consciousness downloaded into a host. I'm wondering if the same has happened to Caleb, who while a soldier had been shot in the head. Maybe that is why Delores has taken such an interest in him?
  2. Didn't Caleb mention last episode about having been shot in the head? Are we sure that he's fully human? There is a parallel with Charlotte's son realizing that host Charlotte isn't really his mother, and Caleb's mother thinking that Caleb is not really her son. Don't know yet what to think about the mirror world. Are characters moving between worlds?
  3. Rumors (for what they are worth) are that Sam turns down the Cap role, as it involves taking the super serum, and that US Agent will be the new Cap.
  4. Yale Rory was all set-up, no payoff. She goes from high school star to average college student. Interesting potential arc, but it never really goes anywhere. Then she falls in with the Puffs -- the privileged world of her grandparents, in opposition to the working class world of her upbringing. Which one will she chose? Or maybe she'll find a third way, involving intellectual pursuits? We keep waiting for her to become disillusioned with Logan's crowd. This potential disillusionment seems to be carefully set-up, but it just peters out.
  5. In today's politicized cultural climate, people sometimes like or dislike the concept of a comic or movie without concerning themselves with whether it's actually good. Frequently with comics, they only know the concept, and have no intention of reading the book. Comics have become pretty niche. But with a movie it's different. They will see the movie. If there is any controversy, it's only after the movie has left the theaters that partisans will take a less heated, more dispassionate view. People on the right suspicious of a possible left wing political agenda with the Black Panther can then, after it has finished its run, admit that the movie was good. On the other side of the political divide, defenders of Captain Marvel, after that movie had run its course, can admit that it could have been better. The Iceman solo comic which explores Iceman as a newly out gay man gets cancelled because of low sales, and the New York Times rights an article about it. So it gets un-cancelled, but people still don't buy it, and it quietly gets cancelled once again, and this time no one really cares. The whole situation sucks. Everything is seen through the lens of the culture war. Fiege will have his work cut out for him in the years ahead in maintaining a undivided fan base for the MCU -- something the Star Wars franchise has failed at.
  6. If one wants diverse characters who aren't merely ripoffs of legacy heroes ("our new Iron Man is a 15 year old African American girl! our new Hulk is a Korean teenager!") then the X-men is the motherload -- a motherload that Fox barely dipped into. Original diverse characters with cool powers and compelling conflicts and personalities. They don't need to be confined to X-men movies -- bring Storm into Wakanda, or involve her the Asgardians or Captain Marvel, whatever.
  7. There's buzz -- generated by social media and web sites -- and then there is actual popularity with readers. Non-comic book readers may have written or tweeted about America Chavez, for instance, because they approved of what she represented, but they didn't buy her comics (which were unspeakably awful, btw -- at least the ones I looked at), and so she was cancelled.
  8. Dr Strange, Guardians, Captain Marvel, Ant-man and Black Panther were always getting cancelled because of low sales, and then rebooted a few years later.
  9. Hey, I'm just as suspicious as you are when a legacy character gets gender-switched male to female. It can seem to be pandering. But that's not the case here. There is an organic, dramatically compelling story to tell with Jane-Thor. It makes sense. And it's not permanent. The first few Ms Marvel graphic novel collections sold well to libraries. The individual floppies themselves sell very poorly. Squirrel Girl may have been the lowest-selling title in Marvel history, at least in the comic shops. It may have done better selling to the Scholastic Book Club market, but not enough to save it from cancellation.
  10. Don't mean Luke is bad in bed. I mean "lover" in the romantic sense. After the first season, he's written as rigid, bad-tempered, and with no interests outside of the Red Sox, fishing, and the Outer Limits. What would evenings at home with Luke be like? And you know that they would be at home-- Luke is not popping down to Manhattan with Lorelai for a Broadway show.
  11. I can see Luke being sexually attracted to Lorelai. She's exciting, he's a bit stick-in-the-mud. Long-term, though, she'd get on his last nerve. Lorelai's attraction to Luke, though, doesn't seem sexual. He's too unadventurous for her. He would make, however, a good steady, responsible life partner -- but more so as a companion and friend than as an exciting lover. Though maybe she already has had enough excitement in her life?
  12. When Sam or Bucky replace Steve as Captain America in the comics, the readers know that the switch is only temporary. Steve will be back. In the MCU, however, it's uncharted territory. Steve isn't coming back. Tony isn't coming back. Personally, I don't want a new Captain America or a new Iron Man. There are still plenty of superheroes yet to be introduced But Jane as Thor isn't that. Chris Hemsworth is still around to resume the mantel, which he will at some point. The question is, is Natalie Portman as Thor a one-off, or is she to be a continuing character? For that matter, is Thor 4 to be the last in the series, or will Marvel continue making Thor movies?
  13. Jane-Thor was not a commercial failure. It was a middling success. 40,000 copies per month is fine. Jane-Thor was "cancelled" not because of low sales, but because it was always meant to be temporary. And if it was gimmicky, it was a gimmick that has been routinely applied not only to Thor, but to most other long-lasting superheroes. How many people have acquired the power of Thor over the decades? 6? 7?
  14. My understanding is that monthly sales under 20,000 is the cutoff point below which books are subject to cancelation. (That said, Ms Marvel sells less than 15,000, and Squirrel Girl sold less than 10,000 for years before it ceased publishing, supposedly voluntarily on the writer's part. Both titles are or were kept alive for reasons other than commercial viability). Sales of 40,000 are quite respectable.
  15. If a supporting, originally non-superpowered character has been around for 60 years, chances are that he or she will at some point acquire the powers of the superhero, comics being comics. Mary Jane gets spider powers, Pepper Potts dons the iron man suit. Every variation gets explored, every potential plot line gets its day, before the status quo is (mostly) restored. The MCU is getting to that point prematurely, imo, what with Sam Wilson and Kate Bishop already waiting in the wings. With the original Hawkeye's character and adventures remaining so unexplored, do we really need his replacement so soon? Jane Foster is an exception, though. Her cancer storyline makes her temporary adoption of the Thor powers unique and compelling.
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