Despite the mixed reviews coming from the fans, Marvel’s
Why? Well, it’s certainly not the subtlety.
Most of the fan-problem with CW is that many characters are depicted out-of-character. After a 40 year friendship, Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Iron Man (Tony Stark) have suddenly been depicted as rivals . In Marvel’s continuity, Rogers and Stark have been friends and teammates on the Avengers for more than 40 years, yet, in an almost painful evocation of the McCarthy era and the Alien and Sedition Acts, Marvel has created a ‘Super-Hero Registration Act’ (SHRA) that requires all super-powered persons to register with the Federal Gov’t, otherwise face lifetime incarceration.
This is, of course, Marvel and their Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada’s response to our brave, new Post-9/11 Security state. In Marvel’s
combatants. Of course, the right-wingers in the comic book geek community are pitching a fit, but that’s the way these things often go.
Simple-minded, yes. But as an implied critique of the 43 rd President’s witch-hunt, Civil War is inspired. On the Right is Tony Stark/Iron Man, the industrialist and the very embodiment of America’s Military-Industrial complex. On the ‘Left’ is Steve Rogers aka Captain America who somehow (or some why ) still believes in a citizen’s freedom from unreasonable searches and freedom of speech, even if they’re masked vigilantes . But the double-irony is that they’re both extremely Right-Wing positions that effectively pits the border-patrolling Minutemen against the Fascists.
meant as a parody? Saddam was our ally, before he was our enemy, just as the U.S. has embraced numerous repressive regimes in order to pursue ‘
As part of its inevitable march,
has forced Peter Parker to reveal his Spider-Man identity to the public, broken-up the Fantastic Four and caused a rift in the New Avengers, a team that was all but decimated during
The only question that remains is how they’re going to get the genie back into the bottle once this is all over…