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Subj: Re: Going to agree with Motifan, to a degree
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 01:39:49 pm EST (Viewed 185 times)
Reply Subj: Going to agree with Motifan, to a degree
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 12:01:34 pm EST (Viewed 211 times)

    In the context of those panels (obviously we may learn more later) it seems to clearly compare the heroes naturally growing weaker with time to Thanos growing in power. Not only does it not mention an outside power, it directly compares the decline of the heroes in time to Thanos. It implies the same gradual increase/decrease as well. Showing Thanos first beating lower level heroes, and then higher level.

    Based on what we see there, the comic merely states Thanos grew in his power over time, whereas the heroes weakened. I also think it is not accidental they compare Thanos to a cancer. Which will also spread naturally over time.

What's questionable isn't whether Thanos got more powerful than the heroes. What's questionable is whether Thanos got more powerful solely through his own power than the Living Tribunal. That is what motifian is asserting.

    I think the alternate future is helpful to see what could happen, but not necessarily what will happen. Certainly I would not take any feats in a "What If" volume seriously. So just because Thanos might grow a beard, I do not assume he must grow a beard. However, I would now assume he CAN grow a beard.

    So if Thanos does naturally grow in power in this comic, then I think it is fair to accept that as part of his power set, whether or not the future occurs.

You can't have it both ways. Either the alternate future establishes canon and gives Thanos the power to beat the Living Tribunal on his own AND forces you to say that whatever happens in a What If? story can also happen in continuity or it doesn't. Battleboard discussions are about power levels and abilities. There is no difference between "can" and "is".

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