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Ancient One

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Iron Man Unit 007

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Subj: Re: Another p.o.v.
Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 at 09:42:54 pm CDT (Viewed 172 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Another p.o.v.
Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 at 06:26:25 pm CDT (Viewed 164 times)

    But yes, that really was Mar-Vell that he revived with the gem.

Having just read the issue, I'm even more convinced there's more (Or maybe less) than meets the eye going on here.

Marv never mentions 'cosmic awareness' at any time during the encounter. That's not to say he's NOT using it, but it seems to be functioning more like telepathy here, and telepathy strong enough to reach Thanos' subconscious, which I'm not sure it's capable of. It's always seemed more akin to Spider-Man's spider sense, though with a much greater 'reach' than telepathy. Although again, I could well be wrong here.

Either way, Marv knows EXACTLY what's going on in THANOS' mind, even things Thanos refutes. But perhaps the key to all this is something Thanos says in his opening exchange with Marv: "My merest whim is given substance". What was Thanos' wish here? To be talked out of changing reality? Then his wish came true.

But this always has been, and always will be a problem when we're dealing with concepts such as 'reality gems' and 'cosmic awareness'. They're ill-defined, airy-fairy metaphysical ideas that tell you nothing, or next to nothing about what's actually going on.

It's a problem I've had for a long time with Starlin's work, and why I find him difficult if not impossible to read (I try to avoid him as much as possible). He writes very good first and second acts, but then invariably reaches for the supernatural/metaphysical in the third act. The ultimate expression of this comes in the series 'Marvel: The End', where Starlin writes himself into a corner again, and this one is such an impossible situation to resolve that he has to appeal to god to step in and put the universe to rights.

Anyway, in summary it may well have been the 'real' Captain Marvel in CPU #1, but I think that there's enough evidence to cast serious doubt on it, and I have to reserve judgement until better evidence comes in either way.

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