The fact that he is a major villain is mostly due to Starlin's devotion to keep his guy a top threat, otherwise Kang the Conquer would be on the scene. Btw all villains lose in the end but that's not taken into account.
Quote:I think your last point is fair, but really the fact that he has been a major villain seems to me the primary thing. That he has lost before does not seem to impact that much.
Another pet peeve of mine is the over use of the big bad. When they get used too much then eventually their stock goes down. This is due tot he fact that if the big bad ever wins then life for our heroes is basically over. Galactus can never win against Earth otherwise it means the extinction of mankind. So inevitably that character will look bad because he/she/they lose so many times and posters who don't know much get it in their head that Galactus or te big bad is not really a threat.
Quote:Galactus is still considered a big and scary character but has had some bad showings. Same with other characters. Thanos could be included if he only showed up in Infinity Gauntlet really.
To a point I agree, but retcons of losses are not really going to affect things too much. Not sure if a guy losing at a point or two in goofy ways is going to hurt that much. They are villains, they lose.
In my view Starlin did well but also went too far in some respects.