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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 11:47:04 am EST (Viewed 184 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 08:15:00 pm EST (Viewed 218 times)

    In theory you are correct. In practice:
    A dissenting opinion by Justice Stevens[35] was joined by Justice Ginsburg, Justice Breyer, and Justice Sotomayor. To emphasize his unhappiness with the majority, Stevens read part of his 90-page dissent from the bench.[36] Stevens concurred in the Court's decision to sustain BCRA's disclosure provisions but dissented from the principal holding of the Court. He argued that the Court's ruling "threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution." He added: "A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold."[37]

When you're quoting court briefs in detail to discuss a super-villain, I think you've taken your perspective too far.

    I was being a bit simplistic when I put it all on Citizens United, I'll admit. It would be more accurate to say it was several decisions in combination with inherent American system design flaws that reached a kind of tipping point, and once that tipping point was crossed, democracy was drastically weakened, with politicians serving rich donors rather than the majority population. A fact that has been proven by studies that show that the majority population has almost no effect on laws, and the will of the extremely rich and corporations has massive effect. In other words, America is an oligarchy with limited democratic elements, not a democracy.

This kind of conspiracy theory doesn't work in a comic because not all your readers will believe in this conspiracy. In fact most won't.

I honestly think you're moving in a very wrong direction. Super-villains are supposed to be FUN. You're not aiming for fun. You're aiming for some sort of political science essay which is the last thing any comic book reader wants to read.

Unfortunately, because somebody decided a Chinese villain was offensive to China (despite the fact that a Spanish villain isn't offensive to Spain, and a French villain isn't offensive to France - or maybe they are - are they?) we can no longer enjoy the original Mandarin, who was fun as all heck.

I say drop the guy. Give Iron Man a new arch enemy. Not every arch enemy has to be a Stan Lee creation.

I guess Titanium Man and the Crimson Dynamo are out of the question also. Tony original mythos was grounded in the cold war and the cold war is bad marketing nowadays.

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