I pray all is well. As I discussed in a post last year, I think how comics depict their characters is one of the most distinctive qualities of the medium. For me it always comes down to the question: Do I care enough about the character? And I think the structure of comics is such that when done right, it’s a lot easier for me to answer “yes” to the characters I read about in comics, than to those I see on tv (in general).
As for this post, I wanted to continue a theme that was the topic of discussion in a group chat I participated in with other Christian comic creators a while back. The question for discussion was, Which comic character would you remake from a Christian worldview and how? My initial answer was Daredevil and I’ll keep the how part to myself in the event I decide to do something with that concept, lol. Anyhow, here are seven Marvel characters I think would be interesting if re-done from a Christian worldview.
Why? In addition to the fact that she’s recently become one of my favorite X-Men, I think her ability would make for some very intriguing plot elements for a Christian character. What is one to do when she can not only “borrow” other people’s abilities, but show them how to properly use them as well?
Why? One thing you can never accuse the Daredevil of is not caring for the people in Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve always liked how he stayed away from the “limelight” that many of his fellow heroes tended to be in, and always knew what was going on with the lives of the residents. Also the fact that he’s blind yet extremely difficult to defeat in one-on-one combat is like the coolest thing ever. I would like to see a character who cares as much about the people he serves and is as relevant to the lives of those people as Daredevil…but whose “level of caring” is derived from his faith in God and commitment to love others.
Why? Outside of the fact that she was a member of the underground mutant community known as the Morlocks, I didn’t know much about Marrow. But after learning that she was rescued by Gambit when the Mauraders were sent by Mr. Sinister to slaughter them, and seeing her in Wolverine and the X-Men, I started becoming more fond of her. I think it would be really cool if a similar character was spared from being slaughtered, and because she felt like she was saved for a reason, vowed to serve others as a way to show her gratitude to God.
#4: Silver Surfer
Why? The Silver Surfer has always been one of my favorite characters. Not just because of his awesome powers, but also because of his deep, philosophical nature. He always seems focused on the “bigger picture,” and I can see him as some sage quoting proverbs and helping maintain intergalactic harmony in the name of God, the creator of the universe.
#5: Black Widow
Why? With a past as shady as hers, why not, lol? But seriously, I think it would be real interesting to see what happens when a spy and assassin has a “Paul” experience and encounters Christ on her way to complete a mission. How would such an encounter change her? What things pertaining to her past and her “skill set” would she struggle to overcome?
Why? Man, I can’t say enough about Vulcan. Since I read about his existence in X-Men: Deadly Genesis, I’ve been engulfed in that whole “Summers brothers/Shi’ar-X-Men” saga. I think what makes Vulcan such an interesting character is that as powerful as he is, he’s got some real trauma he’s dealing with, he’s immature, and is outraged with the person he is and how his life has turned out. What happens when a person so broken chooses to be made whole?
#7: Multiple Man
Why? If there was a ever a character whose ability can reflect their insecurities/struggles as well as it can mask them, it’s Multiple Man. Aside from the things going in his personal life, the fact that he has some dupes he likes more than others makes for some interesting character dynamics. Who are you when you can be anyone?
So here you go. As more characters I would like to see retold from a Christian worldview come to mind, I’ll post about them. In the meantime, what characters would you like to see retold from a Christian worldview?