Having made her bow in 1963 as Aquaman’s on-again/off-again love interest and eventual wife, the character of Mera has recently gotten her first solo series, after FIFTY-FIVE years.  Between that, her big-screen debut in ‘Justice League’ and upcoming appearance in Aquaman’s movie and a much-overdue membership in the comic JLA, Mera finally seems poised to escape from the neglected character file.  But she’s not alone in spending years languishing as a secondary.  What about the Marvel’s Texas Twister?  Or DC’s Balloon Buster?  What about the terribly underserved CW TV version of Kid Flash?  There are any number of fictional friends whose time has certainly come, leading to today’s overdue query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds skeptics that Deadpool spent the better part of a decade being mocked as ridiculous and derivative before somebody his on a treatment that made him work, asking: Which neglected character is most due for their time in the spotlight?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I want Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel. Don’t care if there would be two. I’ve often told a story how original Secret Wars was my first touch to larger Marvel Universe. She was part of the team there and felt like a much more important character than later tuned out to be. Your first is often the best and in this case she is still my #1 Captain Marvel.

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