The title of this post isn't a bash against Marvel, but a reflection of my state of mind with Marvel.
I'm 18, but I feel so old when it comes to Marvel nowadays. I'm an oldschool Marvel fan. If you were to look through my comic collection, you'd notice that most of my comics are pre-1995. Back at a time when calssic charcters were still the same great characters they had been when they debuted, and when universes were either Mainstream or What If?s, and rarely anything other.
And the more I edit and dive into the database here, the more I realized how much has changed, and how different Marvel is today compared to "my Marvel" of yore. I mean, in the past month, I've learned that:
- Sabretooth, Happy Hogan, Carnage, The Human Torch, and Banshee are all dead or assumed dead
- Flash Thompson is Venom, not Eddie Brock
- Aunt May is doin the deed with John Jonah Jameson Sr.
- Wolverine has a kid
- J. Jonah Jameson is the Mayor of New York City
- In an attempt to instantly tie up as many loose ends as possible (and drastically shrink the amount of work needed to keep continuity) nearly every living mutant in the mainstream continuity was depowered and turned into a normal human being
- and until recently, Norman Osborn was essentially an Iron Man ripoff instead of his classic Goblin
My Marvel memories are being turned on their heads left and right. And who knows what could change next? By the end of the year, we could have even more change to adjust to.
tl;dr I'm nearly 20 years behind on my Marvel history, and I'm not all that sure I want to catch up...