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Why Is Inferno Still a Thing?

In honor of Stan Lee, I’m going to rant a little bit about a concept he had a hand in creating all those awesome decades ago. 

Marvel Rising is a new animated franchise starring young and awesome female superheroes kicking butt and being all manner of cool. It stars Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, among others, and will hopefully find much success.

But why the hell is the character Inferno in the cartoon? In fact, why is Inferno still a thing at all?

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The Inhumans are supposed to have crazy unique powers!

For those who don’t know, Inferno is a young, Inhuman male with fire powers. He was introduced to Marvel Comics a few years ago at the head of Marvel’s Inhumans push, when Marvel was trying desperately to make the Inhumans a thing because they didn’t have the movie rights to the X-Men. You remember that, right? There were dozens of Inhumans comics, they had a big crossover with the X-Men and also a really crappy, very poorly received television show.

And right at the heart of it was Inferno, real name Dante Pertuz.

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The doll that has drawn my ire

Now, I’ll admit, I haven’t read every single Inferno comic, and maybe he’s this really awesome character and I’m not giving him enough credit. Or maybe I’m completely right, and he’s a worthless, paper-thin nobody with the most basic of fire powers.

Honestly, I think that’s my biggest problem: the fire powers. I had a problem with it when Inferno was first introduced, and I have a problem with it now that he’s starring in a cartoon show.

Why the hell did they give him basic fire powers?! And then an incredibly basic codename to go along with them? Marvel is home of the Human Torch, the definitive fire powers character in all of popular culture. And just look at that name ‘Human Torch’. It’s so unique, and so unlike modern day superhero naming conventions. Nowadays they’d just call a fire character “Torch” or “Inferno”.

If you’re going to launch a cool new animated series devoted to promoting female characters, and you want to add a couple boys, why do you bypass all the awesome teenage male superheroes at Marvel in favor of Inferno? Is there some vestige of creator at Marvel still pushing the Inhumans? Somebody take cartoons away from that person.

If you want to use Inhumans, how about Mosaic? He’s not doing anything right now.

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About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on November 13, 2018, in Cartoons, Comics, Marvel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I think he was selected because he increases the minority presence on the show and his powers, while quite basic, are really cool visually so they can look nice on a cartoon. Plus, he’s relatively newish so you won’t have a bunch of people complaining if they take liberties with him. I agree there are better options out there but I’m not up in arms over it. He’s a fine character.

    • I’ll take your word for it that he’s fine. I’ll concede that point. And that fire is cool. No argument there. But he still bugs me. And pretty much every other young male superhero Marvel is pushing these days — Nova, Miles Morales, Amadeus Cho’s Hulk — is just as diverse.

      Inferno is crummy, I tells’ya! Crummy!

  2. I like Inferno. I think he’s a cool character, but I do agree that someone like Mosaic would’ve been a more interesting choice. Although, it’s probably harder to come up with a scenario where you would need Mosaic

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