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The Mandarin

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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 04:06:05 pm EST (Viewed 163 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 02:41:45 pm EST (Viewed 165 times)



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    It seems to ridiculous to give that to the Mandarin. The Kingpin maybe. Or Red Skull. Mandarin's *cough* a little further down the villain food chain.


Every villain is down the food chain, until a story makes them not. Joker was a one-off villain, until he wasn't. Magneto was the forgettable villain of cancelled book, until he wasn't. Kingpin was a minor mobster villain in Spider-Man, very low on the food chain, until he wasn't. Really, the only guy who was created from day one with the intent to be a big deal was Doc Doom. Everyone else climbed up that food chain later, in some cases decades later.

Also, this is precisely the scope Mandarin's been playing at for a long time. He was wielding tremendous behind the scenes political and economic power in the Knauf's run, and Busiek's run. This part isn't really new. Rather, this is about quickly and briefly establishing this with slightly more clarity for the new reader, and then moving on to very personal, painful attacks. Instead of, y'know, implying it as the background of a scheme to conquer the world or plunge it into war and chaos.






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