Thursday, December 9, 2010
Face-Off: Just Outside the Big Three -- Hawkeye or the Vision?
Doug: Man, in the midst of this "Serpent Crown Affair", and catching up on the oh-so-awesome Avengers cartoon, I am just Avengers-centric in my mind! I can't get the Mightiest out of my head...
Doug: So, it occurs to me that of all the heroes who have been worthy to wear the mantle of Avenger (and let's face it -- bad writers have certainly stuck a few unworthy characters into the mix), there are a very select few who seem to be near the focal point of "what does it take to be an Avenger?" I'm not talking about the no-brainers of Cap, Iron Man, and Thor, but instead the very best of the rest -- those team members who have been around since the Silver Age, or who picked up significant steam in the Bronze Age and have certainly become ingrained in the public's Avengers-conscience. Whittling the roll call down, I'm landing at the feet of Hank Pym and his beautiful bride, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Hawkeye, the Vision, and maybe the Beast. Outside of that list, I think we get into a third ring or tier of characters.
Doug: And, if I continue to pare down, and this may seem blasphemous to reject two of the Founders, I come to Hawkeye and the Vision as the two Avengers who are next in importance outside the Big Three. Let's have a discussion, then -- of those two, which do you think is the best fit on the team, most essential for a story to be a true Avengers story, etc.? I guess it boils down to some issues that typify each character: do you want a brooding, powerful enigma of a teammate? Or is the fun-loving, daring, charming (sometimes like a rattlesnake), smug -- I could go on and on -- impulsive catalyst-for-action more your type?