Super Hero Squad Rumorbuster

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Case For... Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)

Continuing our look at why certain figures of certain characters should get the Super Hero Squad treatment, we look at Captain Mar-Vell.

Mar-Vell is Marvel’s Barry Allen. Both deaths are the characters’ most widely remembered characteristic. Both have had extended family carry on their name (while Barry had both Wally West and Bart Allen become Flashes, the Captain Marvel title has been taken up by Genis-Vell, Mar-Vell’s child via artificial insemination, and Phylla-Vell who… well… same story, but this time in a recreated dimension, and half-Kree, half-Skrull Teddy Altman, the Young Avenger known as Hulkling) And finally, both have had “resurrections” jammed into massive crossovers.

Playing the dual-role of shocking-plot-twist and mostly-un-used-character during Civil War, Mar-Vell has been mostly missing since his return, only to be revealed as a Skrull infiltrator (and thus making Civil War that much more palatable for those unhappy with some of the developments) but Secret Invasion promises to give Khn’nr a little more story.

Captain Marvel hasn’t had as many chances at action figure stardom as some of his fellow super-heroes, but for someone with 40 years of history, he’s overdue. An Avengers ally, the original source of Ms. Marvel’s energy, father of current Guardian of the Galaxy Quasar and Young Avenger Hulkling, he’s a thread throughout the Marvel Universe.

And finally, that costume’s a classic. It was the inspiration for Ms. Marvel’s original costume, and has been adapted for use by almost every other character that has attempted to use the Captain Marvel name.

On the downside, his most famous story was his death, there’s no telling how long Khn’nr is going to continue using Mar-Vell’s form and a legitimate attempt to resurrect the good captain will probably be as ill-received as the Civil War fake-out. Although he’s certainly famous amongst comic fans, would he have enough appeal to the marketing powers at that be at Hasbro if there’s no current Captain Marvel?

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  • I absolutely think this fig should get made. If they can make a Capunisher figure, and Savage Surfer, I think some Captain Marvel (MARVEL is his NAME!!!) love should be forthcoming. Worst-case scenario, put him out in a smaller run than the other figures in his line and let the collectors fight it out over him, and the Wal-Mart Moms can still buy their kids their umpteenth Spiderman Vs. Wolverine pack.

    By Blogger Really_Rather_Not_Nice, At June 11, 2008 at 10:35 PM  

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