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The Strong Guy Story That Nobody Is Telling

I am a big fan of the X-Men character Strong Guy, and I’ve noticed something kind of cool and quiet happening with him in the ongoing Inhumans vs. X-Men saga. I don’t think it’s been remarked upon anywhere else, so I thought I’d take a moment and just point it out, for any other fans.

Basically, a quiet little Strong Guy story is taking place in the background of Inhumans vs. X-Men, and it feels kinda meaningful.

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This takes me back

Strong Guy is Guido Carosella, a mutant whose power is to absorb any impact to make himself stronger and more muscular. He’s a bit of a comedian — hence a name like ‘Strong Guy’ — and he’s got that very iconic look. He’s big and bulgy, because of his powers, and he likes to wear weird little glasses and have a single shock of white hair. The guy is a card.

He’s also never been a particularly prominent mutant. Strong Guy has never been a member of the X-Men, and mostly hangs out in the margins on teams like X-Factor. He’s not an important or noteworthy character by any means, is what I’m trying to say. It works for him.

Quite recently, at the start of the whole conflict between mutants and Inhumans, Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man was killed by the Terrigen Mist in the first issue of Death of X.

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Never forget

Madrox is Strong Guy’s best friend.

Strong Guy hasn’t been in any comics for several years now, especially not in any X-Men comics. But in the second issue of Death of X, when the X-Men hold a funeral for Madrox, someone at the X-Office at Marvel Comics remembered to have Strong Guy show up to pay his respects.

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Poor Rahne, too

Makes sense. Of course Strong Guy would be there. But he doesn’t get any lines. Nobody talks to him or even mentions that he’s there. It’s just a nice little background detail.

Flash forward to the new Big Event series, Inhumans vs. X-Men. Because of the dangers of the Terrigen Mist, the X-Men are in a big superhero brawl with the Inhumans. At the end of the first issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men, there’s a big splash page of X-Men launching a massive, head-on attack against the Inhumans.

And who should appear in the background of this big splash page? Strong Guy.

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There, on the left

Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a scene in the follow up fight. And again, nobody mentions that he’s there. Maybe he’ll show up again somewhere else in the event. I don’t know.

But all that aside, I’m rather touched at what must have happened here behind the scenes in continuity. Think about it. Strong Guy isn’t a member of the X-Men, and he definitely isn’t part of any  of the X-teams that have come together against the Inhumans. He’s just not active in comics right now.

So when his best friend died, someone in the X-Men had the forethought to reach out to Guido to let him know the tragic news. Guido then made the trip to Muir Island so he could help bury his friend and grieve with others.

Then eight months pass, during which Strong Guy does not use his visit to Muir Island to join any of the X-Teams. Have we seen him show up in any of the X-books in the past year? I haven’t been following them too closely. Does anybody know if he showed up in the background or anything?

Either way, at some point somebody must have reached out to Guido again to let him know that the X-Men were going after the Inhumans. Maybe they wanted his strength to help out. Who knows. But at some point, Guido decided that he wanted in on the attack. And the X-Men let him come along. Maybe he wanted revenge against the Inhumans or some kind of justice.

Just think about what this means for the character. And nobody is telling that story, at least not directly. It’s all being told in random background sightings.

Marvel isn’t paying much attention to Multiple Man’s death. HIs name gets dropped whenever the X-Men mention that he was killed by M-Pox, but his death is not a major part of the story. He was clearly picked as cannon fodder to make M-Pox seem more severe. It happens all the time in comics. Anybody could have been chosen, and Marvel just happened to go with this random, popular and unused character.

But rather than let it go completely unremarked upon, someone somewhere is telling this story about Multiple Man’s best friend and his grieving process. I don’t know if it’s an editor, an artist or the writers of Inhumans vs. X-Men themselves.

Somewhere, between the lines of the big Inhumans vs. X-Men conflict, is the story of a man who lost his best friend, and who now wants a chance to stick it to the people who caused his death. I just think it’s a neat detail.

I’ll let you know if he does anything else during the crossover. Consider me on Strong Guy Watch.

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Why Does Funko POP! Not Yet Have a Multiple Man?

Answer me this, Internet, why does the Funko POP! brand not yet make a Multiple Man figurine? Why does this insanely popular line of figures, which are only good for collecting as many as possible, not yet make one featuring a superhero whose sole power is to make multiple copies of himself?!

If superheroes are all about merchandising these days, how come nobody makes proper figures of the one popular superhero whose exact super power would cause collectors to buy multiple copies?

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This guy, this costume

Look, I’ve complained about this before, but in the nearly six years since, this problem has not been corrected by toy manufacturers. They have not moved a muscle to remedy this very obvious issue.

Now I’m hoping Funko POP! can deliver where everyone else has failed. Maybe one of them Googles themselves a lot and finds this article.

Have you seen these things? They’re hugely popular. I own one for the Green Power Ranger, but I could easily see a susceptible toy-lover like myself just going nuts over these things if they made more characters that I liked. They have a few X-Men models, and they’re the perfect sort of no-nonsense collectible.

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Cyclops was right. Pax Utopia.

But they haven’t made one of Multiple Man! It’s maddening.

They have Funko POP!s for everything from obscure Star Wars bounty hunters to A Bug’s Life to Gears of War to The Breakfast Club to random Star Trek aliens to so many Batman variants it’ll make your head spin. They have Funko POP!s for everything!

Do any of these characters have the power to duplicate themselves, thereby warranting the need to buy multiple copies of a single Funko POP!? Would anybody need or want to buy multiple copies of the Green Arrow Funko POP!? No! Of course not!

Listen, Funko POP!, I’m giving you this one for free. It’s a no-brainer. I will personally buy at least three of these things. Make it happen!

And while we’re on the subject, I’m also still waiting for that Multiple Man from Marvel Legends. My watch is never-ending.

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Cyclops Was Right Yet Again, Let Me Count the Ways

For the past year of X-Men comics, the once glorious Cyclops has been hailed as nothing short of the next Hitler. He’s been on this trajectory for awhile now, but comics took an 8-month jump at the beginning of the year, and everybody was very hush hush that not only had Cyclops died, but he died doing something absolutely horrendous to the Inhumans.

Well the big mystery was revealed in the conclusion of Death of X last week, but all that it revealed was that Cyclops is a true hero, now and forever.

Now and forever

Now and forever

I don’t know what the heck Marvel is doing. Either they don’t understand what it means to be a super-villain, or this is the greatest long con in superhero comics history. Part of me is leaning towards the latter.

Join me after the jump for the latest revelation, as well as all the reasons why Cyclops has been right for years. I really do think Marvel is toying with us.

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I Knew I Wasn’t Going to Be Happy With Death of X

I haven’t been reading X-Men comics for awhile now, and I’m pretty sure the first issue of Death of X is going to be another nail in the coffin. I haven’t been reading any X-Men comics since the last big shake-up, when it was revealed that the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mist was killing mutants and only a handful of X-Teams were still around. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t really connect with any of the current comics. And none of the characters have particularly interested me.

But today saw the release of Death of X #1, the new mini-series that’s going to explain what happened to cause a war between mutants and Inhumans. The story is supposed to tell us what happened to Cyclops and how he died…but it’s another death that hits much harder.

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Cyclops was right

Death of X is a fine enough issue. It’s well-written, the art is fantastic, and the storyline could be something interesting.

But I knew from the very first page that I wasn’t going to be happy with this issue…and my worst fears were confirmed as I kept reading. Because ‘Death of X’ does the exact thing I’ve been afraid of for three years…

MAJOR SPOILERS for Death of X after the jump!

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My 6 Favorite Superhero Movie Costumes

Once upon a time, it was not cool to be a superhero movie. Nowadays, people are gushing about Spider-Man’s next cinematic costume at Marvel, and movie-makers are promising that the X-Men in their new Apocalypse film are going to wear comics-accurate costumes. But back in the day, superhero costumes were too dorky to wear! Do you all remember the original X-Men movie and the matching black leather? That’s what you needed to have to make a superhero movie before they were cool.

Thank God we don’t live in that sort of world anymore!

They were indeed dark days

I have long since given up being a stickler about comic-to-movie adaptations. I’m actually in favor of changes, cosmetic or otherwise, as long as it’s a good movie. I didn’t mind the all-leather X-Men costumes, or that weird homemade costume in the first Amazing Spider-Man, or even the original red leather Daredevil costume. But like everybody else, I’ve got my favorites!

Join me after the jump to see my six favorite superhero (or villain) costumes at the movies!

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