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Subj: Re: How Come The Deaths Of Jean DeWolff, Ben Reilly And Ned Leeds Aren't Mentioned?
Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 11:25:30 pm EST (Viewed 5 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How Come The Deaths Of Jean DeWolff, Ben Reilly And Ned Leeds Aren't Mentioned?
Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 at 03:07:59 am EST (Viewed 204 times)

    I personally found it a bit odd that when Peter interacts with Betty the fact that her brother was violently killed and that her husband was murdered did not come up more often. With Ned it even seemed deliberate to me, because they also made Betty revert back to calling herself by her maiden name and the Foreigner, the pretty interesting villain directly responsible for Ned's death, practically never appeared again and was hardly ever alluded to. Ned's death also should be relevant in Peter's dealings with the Black Cat, but it is understandable that writers using her don't want to bring up the fact that she was in cahoots and in bed with the Foreigner at the time of Ned's murder.

Regarding the Foreigner, I realize that it's a matter of opinion but I think the problem a lot of fans and readers had was that PAD made him too much of a Villain Sue- He trained Sabretooth! He can talk back to the Kingpin without getting killed and even beat him at chess! He banged the Black Cat! He can have the Hobgoblin killed not personally but just by making a phone call! PAD went over the top and arguably built him up at the expense of other characters.
Regarding Felicia being in bed with the Foreigner, literally, this was the problem of the Grim and Gritty wave of 1986-1987. The writers had the characters do unforgivable things then tried to forget about it to make them sympathetic again. In Felicia's case, she was responsible for an innocent woman being killed by one of the Foreigner's agents. Around the same time, Dr. Strange engaged in black magic and exploded an African child. But the writers decided to sweep both incidents under the rug to keep Felicia and Stephen sympathetic. But it seems like some writers remembered, since Slott recently had Felicia turn into a homicidal crimelord and Hickman recently had Strange use black magic to murder people who were merely defending their world.


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