- heck, the movie's out and Binary's cool and I finally read X-Men #164 which introduced Binary to a breathless fandom. The cover of that comic is the source of our new banner.
Marvel was kind enough to publish X-Men #164 in a True Believers edition. How could I resist it? One dollar!
That story is definitively a part of our on-topic time period, as it was published in 1982. Carol Danvers as a supporting character originated in the 60s and then became Ms. Marvel in the 70s and her new Captain Marvel identity is a 21st century phenomenon but Binary? Binary is our baby. Definitively an 80s girl.
X-Men #164 was a good read. I'll admit I had forgotten how stilted, cliche and soapy Marvel writing could get back then. Even Claremont was guilty of it, clearly. But that didn't stop this story from being highly memorable in a very good way. I would even call it intense! And very cinematic. We'll never see this story adapted for film and that's too bad because it screams to be produced for the silver screen. Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and of course Carol, the Brood, it all just totally held me rapt. Highly recommended. Especially for a buck!
Binary's introduction in an X-book makes me suddenly, for the very first time, eager for an XCU/MCU merger. I finally have a reason to care! I want an X-Men/Captain Marvel film. I really, really want it. It can't be a strict retelling of X-Men #164 but it can come close. The Brood can be in it and play largely the same role. I love the X-Men in space. I know some of us don't. But putting the X-Men in space is one my very favorite things Claremont and Cockrum (and later Claremont and Byrne) ever did. Who else wants an X-Men/Captain Marvel film along the lines of X-Men #164 from 1982?
Well there is a minor Binary easter egg in the movie, but only fans would catch it.
Minor spoiler: when she finally powers up she is all glow and her hair is flowing upwards and all lit up, ala Binary.