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Gamma Ra

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Iron Man Unit 007

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Subj: Re: Not the first time that the original characters return and the new/replacement ones stick around
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 at 10:20:55 pm EST (Viewed 113 times)
Reply Subj: Not the first time that the original characters return and the new/replacement ones stick around
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 at 09:55:38 pm EST (Viewed 163 times)

The difference is that most of your examples were unforced and had organic storytelling that lead to those changes.


    1. Tony lapses into the bottle and Rhodey takes over as Iron Man. Tony recovers, builds a new suit and returns as Iron Man but Rhodey would also still suit up at times. Then Rhodey nearly gets fried in the damaged armor, refuses to suit up again (can't blame him for that) but still serves as a support character for years until Tony builds the WAR MACHINE.

Rhodey was Tony's right hand man and a trained soldier. It only made sense that he would fill the role of Iron Man in Tony's troubled time.

    2. Hal Jordan resigns as GL, John Stewart takes over. At the end of the Crisis HAL is a GL again, but John doesn't get retired. At least not until Sinestro caused the implosion of the CPB until the Guardians later returned to repair it.

The nature of the power in which the Green Lantern works makes it possible that anyone worthy of the power could weild the ring. It has been that way since Hal first received the ring.


    3. John walker takes over as the 5th Captain America. Rogers eventually reclaims his identity and Walker becomes the US Agent

Captain America is a product of the USA, his image was an American creation. They owned his namesake and shield. When they deemed someone else was a better candidate, there was nothing Steve Rogers could do.


    4. Danny Ketch is the GR of the 90's but Blaze shows up first as hunter then supporter. Then years later Blaze is GR again and Danny is shoved aside (boo!)

Ghost Rider is a curse that anyone suited for the demon could inherit.

    5. Ben Reilly would have likely stuck around after the Clone Saga 2 ended, but they wanted to definitely show he was the clone and the best proof is to have him crumble to ash after being mortally wounded.

Like you've stated he was a "clone" of Peter Parker.

    6. Eric Masterson took over as THOR on Earth with THOR's blessing until ODIN intervened and gave Masterson the Thunderstrike mace instead.

Eric Masterson was one worthy to posses the power of Thor, yet that did not make him Thor. I don't think he ever referred to himself as Thor, however I could be wrong. Similar to the Green Lantern ring, it's possible for anyone qualified to gain that power of Thor, and that has been that way from day one. Again, weilding the power of Thor does not make one Thor himself.

He's... A Man-like MONSTER... an INCREDIBLE force! He's... ASTONISHING! That's why you don't comprehend him; and because of HIS......RAMPAGING; the Hater will not tolerate him SAVAGE, INDESTRUCTIBLE, nor his IMMORTAL abilities!!! Watch out for that Burst of Gamma - the WORLD BREAKER!!!
Stan Lee - "The way I established the Hulk, the more he fought, the stronger he got...I assume at some point he'll get worn out, but NEVER the Hulk." Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine Oct 2006 issue - Proceeding Message from the CHURCH OF HULK!!!
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