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Subj: Some reason this leak is probably a fake. Though you can bet some of these things are probably going to happen.
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 at 01:30:18 pm EST (Viewed 326 times)
Reply Subj: Unfortunately I still see the previous 'leaked' conclusion coming true...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 05:52:10 pm EST (Viewed 425 times)
I think the idea that this leak is authentic is highly unlikely. I haven't read the newest issue. I imagine some of this is already old news. But first, it's doubtful that Aaron's script would be leaked in the first place. It's possible, but from what I understand that script doesn't actually see a lot of different hands. But moreover, most of these predictions look more likely just that: predictions. Most of these points just look like what you could infer based on the trajectory of the story. And the stuff that's more surprising here look more like a mix of fantasies and fears of the internet fanbase.
1. Odin dies at the hands of Mangog.
LGDB: This is just an easy to predict outcome. I don't know if Odin's going to die, but he's definitely going to get his ass kicked, and that's made likely because we have 3 issues til the story resolves and their fight appears to come in the next issue.
2. Thor has his metal arm destroyed.
LGDB: Well Thor's going to fight Mangog with his dad apparently and they're probably going to get wrecked. Destroying the arm (a new addition that's easy to dispose of but would still look impressive) is an easy to predict outcome.
3. Jane becomes Thor one last time and throws Mjolnir into Mangog's mouth.
LGDB: This seems derivative of how Thor defeated Mangog in the Jurgens run. It's something a fan who was attentive to previous fight records and outcomes would think of, but not necessarily a writer like Aaron. But Jane become Thor one last time to fight the big bad, sure that's a easy thing to predict.
4. Mjolnir/The cosmic storm sacrifices itself and the resulting explosion kills Mangog.
LGDB: Could be. People are expect this particular "Checkov's Gun" to get used in a big way; so the idea of it being used like a nuke to take out the otherwise unkillable big bad is a good guess. And the Mother Storm's power has already been hinted at when it repelled the Phoenix.
5. Without Mjolnir, Jane reverts to her mortal form with only moments to live.
LGDB: This wouldn't be a spoiler after the fact. This is just common sense. If she's going to die (which it appears she will) it'll be after powering down from Thor and dying right after.
6. Dr Strange freezes her in time to prolong these last few breaths
LGDB: This seems just kind of out of nowhere to me. Of course it's possible. Aaron was up until recently working on Dr. Strange. But you could also see why a fan would come up with this theory. Doc Strange has been in the zeitgeist a bit more with the popularity of his movie, and more to the point the recent Doc Strange cameo appearing in Thor: Ragnarok could easily put this in people's head. I would also be surprised if this happens, just because Dr. Strange hasn't so much appeared in Aaron's run. It'd be kind of bizarre for him to swoop in just to do this, especially when Aaron has plenty of other sorcerer characters to choose from in Asgard that he's already been using. I think if Doctor Strange was going to appear ex nihilo to do this kind or crucial plot stuff, he'd have already been introduced into the title and been given some reason to be there.
7. Dr Strange creates a new hammer from the amber liquid of the Fates, but it has no power source
LGDB: Cool idea I guess. I doubt they're just going to get rid of Mjolnir, but it's possible. But again Doc Strange doing it is doubtful. Not only that, in Strazinski's run Doctor Strange fixed the hammer, so there's precedent that fans would care about, that writers often don't.
8. Thor (the real Thor) sacrifices his immortal life to fuel the hammer to save Jane, his new golden arm binds him to the golden hammer
9. Jane is given the new hammer, saving her life, the hammer has the personality of Thor; however...
10. ...when Jane summons (the power of) Thor with this new hammer SHE switches places with him, meaning He is free while She becomes the personality of the hammer.
LGDB: This all just seems really convoluted. And as much as some people don't like his work for the choices he's made and the things he's tried to establish, Aaron's plot structures and character have concepts have been pretty simple and clean. The hammer's switch out and have different people's personalities, and there's a character swap, and someone's trapped in the hammer, but it's a new a hammer. Conceptually it's a bunch of arbitrary qualities and ideas just bunched together. Plus it's convoluted and diffusing in terms of the climax of the story because both Thor and Jane sacrifice themselves, story-wise this is unlikely as Thor also sacrificing himself would take away from Jane's sacrifice. Furthermore the male female gender swap stinks of certain fans fears, more than an engine for story telling. And this is even less likely given that Marvel (however quietly) has appeared to make the editorial decision to move away from its more dramatic social justice narratives. The above doesn't seem like it was written by someone who was thinking about the needs of a story or editorial concerns, but someone who was concerned with the physical state, power level, and status of their favorite concerns.
---the late great Donald Blake
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