Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Retirement-Age Flash Thompson Edition


The various rumors swirling around Star Wars Episode VII seem to imply that the original actors will be playing versions of themselves that are, like the actors themselves, 30 years down the line from the Battle Of Endor.  I find myself enjoying that idea, wondering what a 70-year-old Han Solo might be up to, or what kind of fighting techniques would be most appropriate for 62-year-old Luke Skywalker, legendary balancer of The Force.  There are problems with that sort of story-telling (notably seen in the recent 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special, wherein an elderly Tom Baker made an appearance, while the other retirement-age Doctors probably wouldn’t have fit the story being told), but for every negative, there’s a bright side.  The “twenty minutes into the future” setting of Marvel’s Spider-Girl series gave us a fiftyish Peter Parker, having given up his mantle to teenage daughter May, and tried to show us the realistic consequences of Spider-Man’s heroic life.  What might Batman comics be like if Bruce Wayne had aged realistically from his first appearance in 1939?  Thereupon hangs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sees what’s become of me, when I look around at my possibilities, asking: What story would you most like to see taking place in “real time” and why?