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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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I Didn’t Know This About the Statue of Liberty

It’s a lazy Monday and I’ve decided to school you all about the Statue of Liberty, with help from Internet sensation CGP Grey. I’ve only shared a few CGP Grey videos on my blog, but the guy is a genius and I should do more educational stuff.

Imagine if my blog was a place of learning and education! That’d be nice.

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I Should Rewatch Batman: The Animated Series

I’m old enough to have watched Batman: The Animated Series when it was on TV after school. I still remember watching the rare prime time special episode. It was a great show, and a complete collection came out on DVD recently.

So how about an Honest Trailer?

Now that’s a fun takedown of a beloved show! I should do a list of my favorite episodes, though they’ll probably all be Robin-related.

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How About Another Incredibles 2 Video?

Incredibles 2 comes out on DVD…soon? Maybe earlier this week. I dunno. I haven’t bought a DVD in years. I’m full-on 21st century, people! Either way, all my favorite video parodies are doing Incredibles 2 this week, so how about the Honest Trailer?

Yeah, makes a ton of good points. I was not super impressed with Incredibles 2. But there’s no doubt we’re getting a third one at this point. Bring it on, I say! Who doesn’t like to spend time in this universe?

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How Incredibles 2 Should Have Ended

Incredibles 2 was so bland that I don’t actually remember how it ended, or how this video changes that ending. Honestly, based on this How It Should Have Ended for the movie, I’m rather shocked that this isn’t how the movie ended.

Did Incredibles 2 seriously do something other than Dash and Violet using their actual powers to save the day? What did they even do in the climax?!

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