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Subj: Re: Think Doom is faking the redemption attempt?
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 07:47:27 pm EST (Viewed 125 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Think Doom is faking the redemption attempt?
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 08:16:45 am EST (Viewed 158 times)

    For me, it's not so much whether he is faking it. It's really whether anyone can accept a redemption arc for Doom after the acts Marvel had him do in the past. If continuity doesn't matter (and I am increasingly under the opinion that it may not) then Doom very well could have had a change of heart.

    I think an redemption arc is a natural direction to go. Doom generally walked the line and was often depicted as somewhat noble and fair. But he has also been depicted as a mass murderer, child abductor and a necromage. So his arc to being "good" will be steep for many long time readers.

The first big question for me is always, does this villain have a sense of honor? Sadly, with regard to Doom, different writers have answered that question differently, leaving Doom's characterization an inconsistent jumble. The second big question always is, does this villain have a sense of empathy? Here again, different writers have given different answers to that question. Absent both honor and empathy, there can be nothing but villainy over the long term, for there will be nothing to counter the petty drives such as lust for vengeance.

    Aside from that, I could see Doom as potentially being a very interesting anti-hero in these times. He's the most powerful non-mutant in the Marvel Universe (technically).

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