I’ve long worried (in a very vague and distant way) that the bulk of my frustrations with the character of Iron Man stem partially from the superficial, i.e. that his armor has been getting uglier and uglier since 1989.  I wonder what my expectations of the horrible Civil War would have been if he’d had his nose armor, or the big-shouldered Silver Centurion uniform, or whether his term as leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have been cooler in his old gray bucket-head suit.  (It’d be more visually entertaining, I’ll tell ya that for free.)  This led to me wondering why Christopher Nolan’s Bat-films might have been like with Clooney or Kilmer in the main role, or whether ‘Superman Returns’ would have been more focused with the actual Christopher Reeve instead of focusing so much creative energy into the need to recreate his performance.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have them send me back to last Thursday night so I could pay my phone bill on time, asking: If you could choose to revert one current character to an earlier version of themselves, who would it be, what version and why?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. August 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Scarlet Witch pre-Bendis. Bendis absolutely destroyed her as a character, and there’s no way to intelligently write her without dealing with the mountains of baggage now dragging her down.

  2. August 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    If it still matters, Brainiac 5. I truly HATE the massive jerkwad he’s been for years. Somehow the writers got him mixed up with Vril Dox.

    I’d second Scarlet Witch, too…

  3. B.V.K.
    August 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    Cyclops, he doesn’t need to be the next Magneto. Also, Civil War was awesome. It was also one of the highest selling crossovers ever. Which may be one of the reasons it is now seen as “horrible”.

  4. August 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    Tommy as the Green Ranger! Oh wait, that is already about to happen.

    Actually, I think I’d like to revert Superman back to the “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” power level. I know they did it for a bit in New 52, but I think de-powering him to those levels might actually make for some interesting stories. He won’t be invincible anymore, but then he could actually be in danger without having to use kryptonite, magic or some extremely powerful alien.

  5. Mark
    August 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    Capitan America pre death
    him post death is as a massive ***** **** **** *******
    Yeah that bad

    • August 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm — Reply

      I’m going to halfway agree and say Bucky as Captain America. Keep Cap’s legacy untarnished and keep Bucky is the suit as an ex-assassin learning what it takes to live up to the name of Captain America, instead of just making Cap the government tool whenever you need one (and Tony Stark is unavailable).

  6. Ian
    August 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Batman back to his pre-batgod days

  7. AmFan15
    August 25, 2013 at 4:27 am — Reply

    Spider-Man, without a doubt. I’d like to see him taken back to pre-OMD status.

    That story was absolute garbage. To have Spider-Man, whose entire core is RESPONSIBILITY, make a DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and throw away at least 25 years worth of continuity …that’s just so awful I can’t believe it. It not only shows that Marvel doesn’t care about the character (just the name), but it’s also a complete and total slap in the face to anyone who has loved Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego..

    Until they undo that mess, I flat-out REFUSE to buy any Spider-Man comics. As far as I’m concerned, Peter Parker’s story ended with the Clone Saga. He handed the mantle of Spider-Man to Ben Reilly, retired from the superhero game, and lives happily somewhere with his WIFE Mary Jane, and their daughter, May.

    • Mike
      August 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm — Reply

      Yeah, I totally second this, although I’d like to think that Spidey’s story ended right before OMD/BND. Aunt May’s dead and everyone knows his face, so he goes into hiding with MJ with the help of SHIELD. The guy in the mask now (and Aunt May, MJ and whoever else is still in the books) are clones that Jackal, finally gone ’round the bend completely and unable to cope without a Spider-Man, created after perfecting the cloning process. I’m still trying to work out how everyone forgot that “Peter Parker” is Spider-Man, though…

      Anyway, it’s my deluded imagination and I’m sticking to it!

  8. August 25, 2013 at 7:37 am — Reply

    Since jerkwad Brainy was already mentioned, I go with Mon-El.
    Pre- Time Trapper fight. Since then, they tried to make him the living legend, bigger than Superman (Epic Fail) Valor really sucked. Then he has just floundered doing little but being the big gun when you needed a big gun to show how dangerous something was.

  9. Luis Dantas
    August 25, 2013 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Batman, back to the Englehart days. Current Batman is way over-exposed and way over-tricked and contradictory.

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