posted on Jul, 17 2014 @ 07:35 PM
My view on it is this:
Some of the iconic characters are who they are because of what/who they are: Spider-Man is Spider-Man because he was bitten by a radioactive spider
and mutated. Superman is who he is because he is the last son of planet Krypton and his powers come from his physiology's reaction to Earth's sun.
When you have characters like that, it's really hard to pass the mantel on believably to some other alter ego IMO.
But then you have the iconic characters who are what/who they are because of what they've made themselves: Batman is who he is mainly because of
training. Thor has Mjolnir the magic weapon. The Punisher is just a really kick-@ss guy with ordinance who doesn't really care if he lives or dies.
The Green Lanterns are an entire interstellar organization based around power rings. These types of characters can pass their mantel on to other alter
egos very easily either permanently or temporarily because the basics of what made them the heroes they are can be passed on either entirely or at
least in significant part to other people.
Captain America is a bit tricky because he's a mix of the two worlds. He has the super soldier serum that changed him physically like a mutant. You
can't pass that to anyone else. As far as I know, they haven't re-created it perfectly. But the other part of what makes Cap is his training and
ability. Those can easily be replicated. And of course, you're going to have a hard time finding any other person with Steve Rogers' refusal to quit
which is a large part of why they gave him the super soldier serum in the first place.
I get offended when you take a character who has trouble being portrayed as someone else in their alter ego and then change that alter ego. That's
when I start to feel like a character has been violated for the sake of giving in to some writer's fantasy or satisfying some inner editorial
edit on 17-7-2014 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)