Some Arguments For A Complete Reboot Of Marvel Comics

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  • It would allow Marvel to reconcile the comic and movie depictions of its characters 

By and large, big fans of the comics don’t seem to care that much that the Thor on-screen isn’t exactly the same as the one in print. It’s just accepted at this point, and besides, we’ve all read enough alternate reality and time travel stories that it’s easy to accept two slightly different versions of any given hero. People like my wife, who enjoy Marvel movies but have no interest in comics, also couldn’t care less.

There’s a third group of fans, though, and those are the ones who are interested in knowing more but don’t have the time, money or energy to sort through decades of continuity to learn about the differences. We all know that big upswings in readership of new comics haven’t happened even in the wake of mega-successful films like The Avengers, but how much of that is because people can’t go read about the movie team even if they want to?

This is especially relevant because Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming out May 1 of next year. If Marvel wants to make it so that Black Widow and Hawkeye are founding members of the Avengers or that Tony Stark is the father of Ultron, then boom, a reboot can do just that. Sorry Ant-Man and Wasp, though you’d have your own movie coming in a few months and could be introduced to the team in fairly short order.