Regular listeners of our Dueling Review podcast will note that Stephen takes great joy in poking at me about the recent Carnage-centric Marvel crossover.  I’ve mellowed on my youthful dislike of characters like Wolverine, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and even Venom, but the idea of taking a character whose concept is “the worst elements of humanity AND Spider-Man” and upping the ante into the blood-soaked mess that is Carnage is something I can’t stand.  It’s not that I don’t like him, as it’s sometimes fun to mock and snark about things you don’t like, it’s truly a fundamental disconnect between Carnage and my world-view, leading to today’s razor-edged query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also thinks that Woody Harrelson’s fright wig was quite silly, and hopes that any Venom sequel does better with Kasaday’s hair, asking: What single fictional character is the one you most find you can’t stand?


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  1. Boba Fett.

    So of course, when Disney finally makes a live action Star Wars TV show, it’s all about a friggin’ mandalorian. Blargh

    • I partially agree. Boba Fett as a character is overrated. He is the essence of style over substance. I hope he stays dead.
      In the Mandolorian, he is not the super-uber warrior that Fett was supposed to be, but a mostly competent bounty hunter that has a conscience.

      • Yeah, I’ll probably end up watching it. It’s just all the Mandolorian lore we have exists only because of fan and author obsession with Boba Fett, and I can’t separate that knowledge from the experience whenever I encounter it.

        It’s partially irrational, but that’s how deep my feelings about the overratedness of Boba Fett go.

  2. hands down, The Punisher. never have i seen a comic character so embraced and misinterpreted by so many unsavory types in my life. moreso than Deadpool.

    • and “unsavory” is obviously subjective, but personally, the types of folks who are really, really into the Punisher are dudes who i’d rather stay far away from.

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