Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Does Anyone Want The Original Marauders To Return? When Did We Learn About Their Background?
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 at 07:11:38 am EDT (Viewed 393 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Does Anyone Want The Original Marauders To Return? When Did We Learn About Their Background?
Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 12:48:49 pm EDT (Viewed 385 times)



        I suspect most of what we know about them, other than Sabes, Scalphunter, Vertigo, and Malice, comes from Handbooks. None of their pasts have truly been delved into. They're pretty much ciphers. I think this fact actually served them well for their debut. They could mostly be seen as the monsters they were portrayed as, rather than real characters, but in the long run, it hurt them.

      On the other hand, would it really have been that interesting to delve into their pasts and backgrounds? They were/are heartless mass-murderers for hire, most readers probably would have seen that at worst as a feeble attempt to make excuses for the inexcusable, at best as irrelevant...

    I'm not interested in making excuses for them. Indeed, there are none. Just make them more embellished villains capable of standing on their own.

I did not say you were wanting to make excuses for them. I was trying to explain how readers were likely to react to adding "depth" to characters like the Marauders. The main thing is that they are in effect monsters, their life story does not really make them interesting. To use another example, I find Cassandra Nova an extremely dull character for all the mumbo-jumbo about her prenatal fight against Xavier and the bleeding mummudrai. IMO the Marauders are defined by their limited role and essentially embellishing their background would be a waste of time and effort. This is something you have to expect with the kind of characters who are bigger villains' largely disposable henchmen, thugs and goons. Not that such characters - like most of the Marauders, Reavers, Acolytes etc. - have no reason to continue existing - they are clearly needed for many types of storyline. But look at the Brotherhood, which has a lot more continuity and "seniority" on its side, even there you have people like the Blob, Avalanche and Pyro, who really have very little by way of background and characterization (I'm disregarding the movies here, where Pyro has a very different and much more developed individual character).

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