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Subj: Indeed, in a way, that's what they did with Ego & Star-Lord [OT = informations about GotG V2 but also comments about Iron Man & Marvel archvillains]...
Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 at 04:09:07 am EDT (Viewed 74 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Apex villain of the MCU ... my imagination gone wild ...
Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 at 11:59:10 am EDT (Viewed 88 times)
Instead of Galactus vs Silver Surfer, we had Ego vs Star-Lord.
Of course, the characters are still very different ... but there is the same kind of conflict between Star-Lord & Ego than when Silver Surfer rebelled against Galactus.
To be precise, Star-Lord is an "anti-Silver Surfer" (in terms of behaviour) and Ego was created by Lee & Kirby to be the "anti-Galactus".
The relationship between Star-Lord & Ego is similar to the relationship between Silver Surfer & Galactus, except that it is done with "reverse characters".
In a way, the main conflict of GotG V2 is a pastiche of FF #50.
Also, the GotG have replaced the FF as MCU's "cosmic family" ... and, in a way, the MCU version are anti-FF.
(contrary to the Earth-616 version where GotG are only a team)
Now, let's speak again about Iron Man & Mandarin, since we are on the Iron Man board.
IMO, Iron Man has replaced the FF as the pivotal characters of the MCU on Earth and the GotG have replaced the FF as the pivotal cosmic characters of the MCU in space.
It is exemplary in Spider-Man Homecoming : instead of Spidey meeting the FF in ASM#1, Spidey & Torch's multiple team-ups, Peter seing Reed as his role model, etc, Spider-Man is referring to Tony Stark (in a way, the anti-Reed Richards in terms of behaviour) as his model.
Thus, after watching the movie, I suddenly realised that there was something missing in the MCU, compared to Earth-616 ... archvillains like Doom, Magneto, Kang or Mandarin.
On Earth-616, Stan Lee has used multiple times the same mold to create the main archvillains. He started with Doctor Doom and, then, he created Magneto, Mandarin, (Heinrich) Zemo, Kang ... as warlords with scientific skills.
Of course, each archfoe was adapted to his antagonist (Mister Fantastic, Professor X, Iron Man, Avengers ...) but there is a common mold that was used to create these antagonists.
That's why I thought that, if Iron Man is the 'de facto' central superhero of the MCU, then Mandarin should replace Doom, Magneto, Red Skull and Kang as the central supervillain of the MCU.
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