Recently, I was browsing some of my digital back issues, and ran into a stack of ‘AvX’ stories.  Though only a couple of years out of date, they might as well have been from the 1970s for all the resemblance they had to today’s Marvel output, and in many ways felt older and less meaningful than Lee/Ditko stories from the 1960s.  Weirdest of all was the moment when I recognized Spider-Man, but somehow forgot he was an actual Avengers, even though he has been one for nearly a decade at this point.  My brain simply refuses to build the bridge that says he belongs to the team, even though I’m good with Firestar being an X-Man, Medusa belonging to the Fantastic Four and Dick Grayson always getting snubbed by the JLA.  (Seriously, those guys owe Nightwing an apology…)  For reasons I can’t understand, Spider-Man may NEVER be a “real” Avenger in my head, which leads to today’s cognitively dissonant query…

The MS-QOTD (Pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always wondered why everyone from the Fantastic Four EXCEPT for the Human Torch is allowed to be an Avengers, asking: What parts of your favorite pop culture just don’t really BELONG in your mind?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Alisha
    December 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm — Reply

    Midi-chlorians. It breaks the feel that the Force is some mystical energy that is everywhere and in everything by trying to give a pseudo-scientific reasoning behind it. It would be like Star Trek saying warp drive was developed based on ancient magical teleportation spells. I’m not as against the idea of midi-chlorians as much as I used to be, but it still just doesn’t feel right to me.

    Kromags in “Sliders”, and pretty much the majority of the series after it left FOX and ended up on Sci-Fi. I can still watch the old episodes and enjoy them, but when they started the whole “Kromags have their fingers in every reality” stories and made Quinn go from being a genius kid who invented the sliding technology to being the son of some scientists that already had it, it just breaks the fun of the series for me. As far as I’m concerned, the series ended on FOX.

    Finally, “Highlander: The Source”. Seriously, even Highlander 2, as awful as it was, is epic compared to the wretched abomination of “Highlander: The Source”.

    • Malone
      December 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm — Reply

      I try to to explain it myself in a way where Midi-chlorians are caused by the Force. Like that they exist in all living organisms, but mostly in beings sensitive to the Force, so they are only a way to measure potential, not the cause of Jedi’s abilities, for example like white cells in blood increase when theres infection.

    • Chris Zuga
      December 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm — Reply

      I equate it to Lucas’ horrid attempt to rename things, so obviously a reference to mitochondria.

    • Gehrigan
      December 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm — Reply

      My friends do not believe me when I try to explain that Highlander 5: the Source is worse than Highlander 2:The Quickening. It is worse than Battlefield Earth and I can’t believe I watched the whole movie. My friend and I sat in awestruck disbelief throughout the whole disaster.

      • Alisha
        December 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm — Reply

        I would say to prove it to them, but I really wouldn’t wish that on anyone except perhaps as a method of torture, and even then it seems rather cruel.

  2. ParaChomp
    December 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    Metroid Other M

  3. Frank
    December 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    Since everyone has gone after Star Wars, I’ll go after Star Trek.
    ST 5: The Final Insult — As far as I am concerned it is non-cannon. Even Insurrection was not that bad. Between the writing and directing by Shatner, that movie was horrible. It was comparable to TOS 3rd season episodes like Spock’s Brain and Turnabout Intruder.

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