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Subj: Our Gal Rita
Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 at 09:22:01 am EDT
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I found it curious that Kurt Busiek never brought Rita back when he sorted out The Crossing in Avengers Forever. Seems to me she would have been a good candidate for the Thunderbolts at that time.

According to AF, Immortus was only intending to distract the Avengers (with a terrible storyline, lol) and didn't want to kill them.

So it would have made sense for him to have Space Phantom versions of not just Mantis, but Gilgamesh and Rita as well. They were, after all,
three past Avengers that the current Avengers didn't have regular
contact with (Gilgamesh went back to the Eternals, Mantis was in space,
and Rita was in the distant future). So it's not like the Avengers
would be able to immediately confirm that they were doppelgangers (and since the whole thing was meant to be a diversion, it didn't matter if
the Avengers later found out they weren't the real deal).

Since Immortus is a time-traveler himself, he could have known Rita was
coming back through time and "bumped" her trip-- making her arrive a couple of years later than she intended (like around the time AF was going on). Then the Rita from The Crossing would have been revealed to be a doppelganger just like Mantis.


Bob Harras had something planned for Yellowjacket, something other than just her apparent demise. That strange armor she wore at the beginning of AVENGERS: THE CROSSING was the biggest clue. It looked nothing like her costume, which she wore when she stepped into the time stream to go back home in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #60 (which was published only a few months prior to the Crossing issue, well after the plot of the Crossing was crafted.). I suspect that Rita made a pit stop prior to the beginning of AVENGERS: THE CROSSING and obtained the armor during some "lost" adventure that Harras/Kavanagh would have written had the crapfest that was HEROES REBORN not derailed the whole thing.

The potential for Rita to still be alive is right there, waiting for a writer to take interest. The Rita we saw killed could have been a Space Phantom, or we could see Rita pop up in the present prior to her death and have adventures until it was time to send her back to her death (sort of like the Mar-Vell situation).

If you're interested, I wrote a fanfic story called YELLOWJACKET: THE CROSSING, wherein I brought Rita back to life....and yet killed her off at the same time. You can read it here:

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