It is well-documented that Major Spoilers DM-In-Residence and all-around cool guy Rodrigo is bugged by magic superhero comics.  Some of his complaints are unique, but other are more common: Magic as a superpower leads to power creep; there are no real consequences to anything; it’s worse even than Superman’s array of powers in terms of defusing potential drama.  For my part, I love a good Doctor Strange, Doctor Fate or Doctor Strangefate story, partly because they almost always come with a truly impressive cape and partly because I’m a fan of powerful characters, leading us to today’s mystical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was quite impressed to see Marvel Studios actually take on Stephen Strange’s adventures and feels like they handled it quite well, asking: Does the concept of a Magic Superhero work for you?


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  1. Just as well as any other type. None of the superpowers are real and essentially magic, so its up to a writer to define them.

    • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

      I love it. Especially the early Strange Tales. It’s abstract and trippy. Getting specific with magic and what it can do can work (Harry Potter has rules, a lot of rules to fill lots of books to sell). But i prefer magic as wonderous and inscrutable while leaning into character.

      I kinda don’t like how the MCU turned magic combat into martial arts with glowy, conjured weapons. But there were some cool dimensional effects.

      • Fights in MCU are generally not that great. Pretty run in the mill average action. It lacks creativity and coreography that’s seen, for example in big budget Hong Kong films.

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