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  1. In the mirror? I'll see a straight cis white man. I have never been the victim of racism. Not once. That's the sort of privilege I enjoy as a white man in the US. Bigotry only has power when it comes from people who enjoy social privilege. One person hating people with a particular characteristic is a symptom of bigotry, not bigotry itself. I don't harbour bias against white people. I just pay attention, and listen to non-white people when they tell me how their lives are affected by my actions.
    3 points
  2. Marvel has always prided itself on being "The world outside your window." Ignoring social ills and political climates just so people can feel comfortable with themselves means it's no longer meeting that statement. Being able to "not pay attention to Politics" means you can ignore problems exist because you feel like they don't affect you (and indeed they might not...or you might even benefit from the status quo, even if you might not realize exactly how), and if you remain ignorant of a problem then you cannot be any real part of helping to solve the problem. Entertainment across all media and genres always will be politically charged to some degree, because it always has been (and before certain people start parsing words, I don't mean every single piece of entertainment is political. I mean every medium and genre has been politicized at one point or another). And that's a good thing, because sometimes letting some of those problems be portrayed through the lens of fiction is the only way some people come to realize the problem exists. And once we all can agree that there IS a problem we can start working on how to fix it. But we're still working on that first part, at the moment.
    3 points
  3. Yeah, man. Old comics sure were subtle. Suuuper disguised. Almost invisible.
    1 point
  4. I would just use the standard head articulation, even if it just allows his head to turn. Also if they do the Orb, they could do the 8-Ball then.
    1 point
  5. Orb is extremely easy to make. Just the Ghost rider's body with a alter upper torso and head. the only problem I can see is articulating the head. Honestly I wouldn't mind if the head could only turn.
    1 point
  6. The interesting thing to me about the political messages in comics/movies/media/etc is that it's always from one perspective. When's the last time there was a pro-life message in something or a Christian view? Stan Lee had Captain America mention Jesus sacrifice on the cross in an issue of tales of suspense. Would that fly nowadays? Maybe Daredevil has said something like that but I really don't think so otherwise. I just miss the days when superheroes were superheroes. Now it feels more like gods doing battle with bigger gods and trying to teach us how awful we all are. Just my 10 cents. Take it for what it's worth.
    1 point
  7. agreed... I just want to see Iron Man fight Blizzard or the Melter or whoever in the titanic two-fisted Mighty Marvel Manner and stuff like that to be entertained as mainstream super-hero comics are a traditionally fantasy/escapism outlet. More science fiction. Less political science, please.
    1 point
  8. I hear you about the progressive stuff being pushed in comics. It's sad to think that characters I used to enjoy are being used in ways I don't like. It's also sad to see them used as abusive ad hominem arguments against my political or moral positions. But, Marvel can do what they want. If intellectual honesty is a virtue, they should allow alternative ideas to be fairly presented, especially those that stand the test of time and reason. They are making money and receiving positive publicity right now, and they would receive negative publicity if they did otherwise, so why bother. With that said, there is little reason to hope that heated discussions on message boards will do anything but make your position the subject of ridicule. I feel like giving up most days, but the real solution is to demonstrate the superiority of your position by excellent living. If one seems irritable, his position will be suspect even if it is correct.
    1 point
  9. Hate to break it to you, but bitching about creators' supposed political agendas is in fact political.
    1 point
  10. Right! Like I said, maybe we see an advert for Nelson & Murdock, or someone makes a reference about a surly hot boozehound he tried to hook up with in a bar, but she tore the door off his car...
    1 point
  11. I'm not even going to address the whole childish "Steve Rogers would punch conservatives" silliness. Now as far as liberal ideas being in comic books is concerned, of course anyone who's ever read a comic book should know that they've always been there. However, as the years have gone by, the liberal comic book companies have seemingly become more concerned about pushing their progressively more insane liberal ideas than actually making a profit. The general population has rejected this emphatically, as proven by the ever declining sales of comic books. Even comic shop owners themselves have protested to the likes of Marvel over their pushing their liberal agenda over profits. And while I don't think anyone would argue that Superman taking on abusive husband's and slum lords was a bad thing, the liberal ideas promoted in modern comics are far more extreme and, well.. progressive than ideas pushed in the past. For example: Wolverine and Cyclops are now apparently gay lovers in a throuple with Jean Grey. I mean what in the actual BLEEP is that all about?!?!
    1 point
  12. I don't have any interest in debating whether or not black women are being oppressed by evil white men. My point is essentially that there are many forums for individual's and groups to advocate for their causes. However, I don't feel like movies or big budget superhero tv shows are an appropriate place to advocate for these things. Politics and social issues are in every form of media and are everywhere you look today. I simply believe that people should be able to escape the grim politics of the day in these shows and movies, rather than have these cringe worthy messages shoved in their faces all the time.
    1 point
  13. Oh, I quit collecting when they hit the $4 mark & the PC SJW agenda starting infesting the storylines. I was lucky to start reading comics when they were 30-35 cents. With my weekly allowance of $10 , I use to bring home a stack of comics from Forbidden planet in NYC. Now you can't get 2 comic's for $10.
    1 point
  14. Not just movies, but tv & animated series, and seemingly video games now. And while media tie-ins beyond comics may not matter to some collectors, they certainly do matter to Walmart and Target who are hasbro's main "customers". I do agree that the idea that lots of kids are collecting MLs is pretty laughable. Parents buy their kids toys from the more basic lines, not the $20 (soon to be $23) a pop figure line. The only kids i know with MLs are the ones who have an adult who collects MLs involved in their lives. But it is kind of a wink-wink-nudge game everyone plays, so that the figures are designed with safety standards for ages 4+ and are put in the kids toy section, even if 99% of purchases are made by adult collectors. However, it works to our advantage; if MLs became part of the "collector" sections at target and WM i think they would be more expensive and i don't think these stores would order near the quantity of figures that they do - even if this year it seems like the pegs are empty more often than not.
    1 point
  15. Ursa Major seems like the main reason for IM wave's success because it looks like a kickass figure whether you know the character or not, which brings us to the first point as to why BaFs are such an important factor to Marvel Legends' success and why it wouldn't be a great idea to get rid of them. As to being compelled to buy or not a figure based on what you saw in a movie it's very subjective and relative to each movie and person. You may like the figure but hate the movie (Venom, in my case), ignore the figure but love the movie (T'Chaka in my case), or be ignorant of the characters, watch the movie and want to get them (Guardians of the Galaxy for me, although to be fair I wanted them since the trailer hit.) So far, neither Shang-Chi nor The Eternals have given me much reason to get them, but I wouldn't put it past me to want them after watching the films. Thing is, these are still superhero toys for children. They may be appealing to us adult collectors, but the main market is still kids. That's probably what got me into collecting in the first place, and why I have narrowed to only movie based figures and not comic based ones, being able to get the characters I liked from the movies I watched. I remember wanting every character from the Lost World for example, and hunting for the Lord of the Rings figures. When I finally made the jump to Marvel Legends as a young adult, it was mostly X-men because of my nostalgia of the tv series and videogames. My point is ML needs both comic and movie figures to keep catering to all of us. Whether you buy MCU to get the comic BAF or vice-versa, neither would be available without the other. Comic's wouldn't get Spymaster, we wouldn't get Mantis. Can either survive without the other? I guess Hasbro is testing the waters with the retro lines and the MCU celebration lines, but I doubt we'll see an absolute and definitive divide.
    1 point
  16. There are a distressing number of comic fans who seem blissfully ignorant of the fact that they've grown up (relatively speaking) to be people that Steve Rogers would be a hell of a lot more likely to punch in the face than agree with. And who are amazingly ignorant of how progressive and "woke" superhero comics in general have been for oh, I dunno...as far back as Superman taking on abusive husbands and slumlords when Action Comics was still in single-digits.
    1 point
  17. Maybe if evil white men would stop oppressing black women, they wouldn't need to talk about it. Seems like this is a problem that solves itself if you just act like a decent human, instead of getting annoyed and offended by all those people asking for dignity and equality.
    1 point
  18. Totally on board for a Cap repaint. Not sure if they need a new chest piece but U.S. Agent could be done on this body as well. I know many say Agent needs to be bigger but I think he’d be fine. Although when ToyBiz did this, the molded Star was just painted over and he looked super cheap/ knock off. for minimal tooling, Red Guardian could be turned into the Swordsman easily enough. Jim Hammond Human Torch in either flaming or non flame
    1 point
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