Kel Varnsen January 21, 2015 Share January 21, 2015 I think part of it might be for continuity issues as well (like origins). I mean Iron Man being taken hostage in Vietnam and building a suit doesn't really work anymore. Change it to the middle east and it is more current, plus it fits in better with his movie origin. Same issues with magneto as I mentioned above in an earlier post (assuming they keep him). The only one whose origin you really can't mess with is Cap and his ties to WWII. You can't really update it to say that Cap was a Desert Storm vet who punched Saddam in the face and then got frozen in ice. But still the bigger issue is like you said they want the comics to be something for the movie watchers to discover. It is sadly plausible, isn't it? The thought that Marvel's iconic comic books could become the equivalent of those licensed Star Wars comics from the 70s, a cash boost for a company already raking in money from their movies and TV shows, is really depressing. But I don't think Marvel helped themselves by tossing away so much of their own past. I remember when they decided to reboot all their books a couple of years ago, I was so disappointed in them. They had Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and others that were reaching 500 issues. Books stretching back 40 years or so, and the issue numbers reflected that longevity. But they thought a bunch of #1s would bring in loads of new readers, so just tossed it all away. DC did the same, with books even more venerable (Detective Comics volume 2, issue 1? Blech). Yea the more I think about it the more I think that the comics themselves are probably a lesser division of the company. Like I said an average comic in a month probably makes Disney less money than a commercial run during Agent Carter. An average comic in a month will also probably make less than what a single movie screen will make in revenue for the opening weekend of Avengers 2. Hell the toy line/licensing of marvel characters probably makes Disney more than the comics do. Wow they rebooted the numbering again. I was reading in the late 90's when they relaunched Daredevil as Marvel Knights and relaunched a bunch of other titles like Avengers under Heroes Return. Slowly they kept the new numbering, but added the old numbering under it in a smaller font. Then I think they just did away with the new numbering and went back to the old as they realized that a bunch of comics were reaching some pretty significant milestoes. Is that what you are talking about or did they start the numbering again? Link to comment
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