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Subj: Some speculation on my part about this issue.
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 04:20:31 pm EST (Viewed 218 times)
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Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 08:37:27 am EST (Viewed 286 times)
Two things came to my mind as I read this page.
First, was it really Arno and Tony Ho who were supposed to be originally in this scene or other people?
I was wondering this, because this issue is the last one Bendis wrote before announcing his departure from Marvel and considering that this is the second issue under the supervision of the new EIC and the previous one’s release was delayed in one week, I suppose some level of rewriting was done.
I came to this conclusion, because the dialogue flow does not match with the way the characters are arranged in the top panel of the page. I suppose Arno should be the guy sitting closer to Toni and not Jeffries. And as is well known, Bendis rarely takes into account stories written by other writers.
Second, Bendis completely ignored the circumstances of Tony's adoption as soon as his run began, so why reintroduce Arno now?
Assuming I'm right about this, I wonder if those changes would have been made at Dan Slott’s request, who intends to eventually reintroduce the Iron Man 2020, since by now, his first issue should be already finished for the relaunch.