Tossing Salt Presents:
Comic Books & Characters
September 8, 2018
Everyone loves comics, right? Well maybe not everyone, but since the adaption of comic book characters into movies and TV shows, everyone knows who the comic book characters are and that a good comic character means ratings and box-office sales in the billions of dollars. I’ve been a comic book guy since I could read (early 70’s) and today, via the internet, fan fiction, TV and the movies, remain as strong in my love and passion for these great stories and characters as I’ve ever been. It’s “5 Questions” and today, it’s all about the characters that made TV and the movies fun again, the folks from the comics. Let’s do this…
1. 5 DC Comic Characters you’d like to see show up as part of the Arrowverse?
DC has, through the CW and the so-called Arrowverse, done a fantastic job in bringing the top, as well as many forgotten and obscure, characters from the pages of DC Comics to our television screen and they haven’t really missed anyone, but there are a few that I haven’t seen show up (yet) that I’d like to see pop up. The ones that immediately come to mind are: Zan & Jayna, the Wonder Twins. I think that they did show up back in the days of Smallville, but that was kind of a one-shot and they quickly faded into obscurity again. Two alien twins with the powers to change form. Could be fun. Second would be Zantana. A sorcerer who works magic by speaking words backwards and a prominent member of the Justice League in the comics. Third would be The Mighty Isis. She wasn’t technically a DC comics character to start, but was part of a Saturday morning series in the late 70’s called “The Secrets of Isis”, a companion piece to the Captain Marvel / Shazam show. DC then licensed her character and did a comic for a while so I feel she would qualify as an answer for this question. Marvin & Wendy, of the Super Friends cartoon series. No powers, but two teenagers hanging around, kind of like the Xander and Willow of BTVS, Season 1, for the Arrow team or the team at Star Labs. It could be fun and they could be great supporting characters. And finally, how about Funky Flashman. He was a con-man in the 70’s comic, Secret Society of Super Villains, who always had a scheme and plan and was used by The Wizard to help form and finance the Society. The ultimate “trust me, then stabs you in the back” character who would be fun to write and would definitely shake things up for the Arrowverse if used. And there you go. My picks.
2. 5 Marvel Comics Characters you’d like to see show up as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Marvel, between the movies, the TV series and Netflix, has done an even better job than DC with bringing back older and more obscure characters to add to the mix and with the upcoming additions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. That being said, here are the characters that I’d like to see used in some way, shape and fashion. First is, all together now, Dr. Druid. A poor man’s Dr. Strange, Druid was one of the first characters created by Stan Lee in the early 60’s. He can read minds, work magic and isn’t above bending the rules from time to time. A former Avenger in the comics, this “Master of the Unknown” could be a great supporting character in almost any series. Alpha Flight. Yes, I’m listing a team because I can. A team of heroes, run by the Canadian Government, but feared by the same people who control them. With characters like Heather Hudson, Vindicator, Shaman, Marinna, Puck, Snowbird, Sasquatch and of course, Northstar and Aurora, this would be a great series to watch and enjoy. It mixed magic and science and drama and has something for everyone. My third pick would be a one-shot Captain America villain called Brother Nature. He was a former Park Ranger who nearly died, but didn’t and gained the ability to control the forces of nature including weather, talking to animals, etc. He only appeared once that I know of, but there is so much room here for character development and a good backstory here, he would be a great character to use and work with. My next pick would be the former Defender Isaac Christians, aka The Gargoyle. He was an old man who made a deal with a demon, for the right reasons, but ended up stuck in the body of a Gargoyle as a result. Just a fun character to read, write and use. And finally, Heather Douglas, aka Moondragon. The self-appointed Goddess of the Mind, Moondragon is a beautiful bald woman who can read minds, use telepathy and telekenesis and was raised on the planet Titan after her parents were killed by Thanos. She’s arrogant, obnoxious and thinks that she’s far better and superior than everyone else with an ego and attitude that makes her very hard to deal with. Great intentions, but just a general pain. A great character in every sense of the word. Those are my 5 picks for this question.
3. Do you think that the characters killed by Thanos will return in Avengers 4?
Absolutely or else there really wouldn’t be any point to making the movie, would there? Look for a plan involving time travel, the other Universe that was brought up in the Ant Man movies and the power that is the Soul Gem to all factor in and then, yes,, the majority of the characters that Thanos killed will be back and life goes on.
4. How would you bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
A school for mutants has already been mentioned several times in many of the MCU movies, so it wouldn’t be hard to have some of the X-Men characters run into some of the mainstream MCU characters during the course of a mission or even just have then meet at the local Pizza Hut. Paths cross from time to time and these chance meetings lead to the X-Men coming “out of the closet” and being more noticed and more of a part of the MCU. And Fantastic Four? Simple. Tony Stark reads a story in the paper about a man he knew from college, Reed Richards and his family being involved in a mission in space and then going MIA immediately afterwards. Stark investigates and discovers that our Government is keeping Richards and his family / team in isolation and that they gained strange powers as a result of their mission. Stark, as Iron Man, intercedes, breaking them out of a government facility and then they decide to use their powers for good, but don’t want to be part of the Avengers so they form their own team, aka The Fantastic Four.
5. Do you read comics?
I collected comics from my childhood up until around 2001, when I had to decide between buying my comics or paying my rent. Unfortunately, I chose to do the rent and my other bills. But since then, I’ve kept up with the comics via the internet, the movies, the TV series and fan fiction. I also read my old comics regularly and write fan fiction based on some of my favorite characters. So the answer would be yes.
And there you go. Thanks for reading. Tell me what you think. Do you enjoy comics? What characters would you like to see as part of the MCU or the Arrowverse. Who are your favorite characters? Inquiring minds want to know. I want to know. And now, I’m out of here. Work beckons. Until the next time, take care and I’ll catch you on the go-around. Have a great one.