There are several reasons why I religiously follow Marvel Comics.
1) The Name:
There is DC Comics, which is literally Detective-Comics Comics. And then there is Marvel Comics.
Marvel. It makes such a statement. There is confidence in the name. “We will Marvel you.” “We are Marvel.”
2) The Creative Community:
The people at Marvel Studios – be it at the comics, animated or live action offices – never treat themselves with snobby professionalism. They are fanboys. From the Kirby & Stan Lee days to the Whedon brothers and Feige….they are all fanboys.
You always feel a strong sense of enjoyment. Marvel feels like a family, rather than a company. They connect with their fans and always do their best to create an omnipotent environment for everyone linked to the comic universe.
3) The Fictional Universe
I follow DC…yes. I love comics that are under the DC banner. They have brilliant writers with some amazing storylines. But DC’s universe isn’t really a connected one. You get a sense of intimacy in its stories and the scope never seems universal….except when they need to reboot it all and play the crisis on infinite earths card.
Marvel – on the other hand – have this knack for connecting everything with everything. Every comic in Marvel is connected to every other comic in Marvel. That’s how it is with Marvel. The existence of several alliances and the relations shared between them makes for a truly connected universe.
SHIELD, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Inhumans, the several alien kingdoms….somehow everything is always connected. Its a feeling that cannot be put to words easily and doesn’t do justice when attempted.
4) The Marvel Cinematic Universe
They have translated the same with great effect for the Cinematic Universe. You are made to feel like a part of the universe that is created. Thanks to the fanboys in the creative and management department, none of us fans are made to feel as if we are looking at the universe from a third person point of view. Marvel is as much a right of us fans as it is of the ones who mint money from it.
Can you imagine? When Thanos finally makes landfall, we will have so many heroes pitted against him. And I have made a list of all of them. The Avengers (old and new), the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Guardians, Agents of SHIELD…they are so many.
Alright, I’ll just go ahead and mention all the heroes we will see featuring:
From the Avengers:
Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, War Machine, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant Man, the Wasp.
From the Inhumans:
Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and possibly Quake.
From the Defenders:
Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably Spiderman too.
The Guardians of the Galaxy:
Starlord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
And then we can have several SHIELD agents as well.
Imagine how epic it is going to be. And Thanos employing his Mind Gem to cause further trouble and fights.
I only wish Marvel had rights to the Fantastic Four. I wanted to see them, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom in Infinity Wars as well. Guess, we cannot have everything in our plate.
5) The Opening:
I adore the opening of anything Marvel with the comics fluttering in the name. It excites me so much. Its literally the Heroin kick that makes me jump into the story.
So, I end my 1st random fanboying post for Marvel with:
I’m wrapped in strings that hold me down, I love these strings, and all things Marvel.
~ Zalysar Cuvegis