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  1. Not quite. The MCU is not a reboot of Earth-616 (or any other Marvel continuity), it is its own continuity entirely. The key distinction here is the continuity's historical timeline. Oddball crossovers notwithstanding, a new continuity shares nothing with any previous continuity except character names and essential origin elements. Continuity histories/timelines are completely separate, and that's what makes them separate continuities. Thus, Earth-616 is still Earth-616 no matter how many times you "reboot" it, and it will always be a separate continuity from Earth-1610 (Ultimates), Earth-199999 (the MCU), and so on.
  2. Black Panther with spoilers

    WB had similar success, in terms of social impact and critical acceptance, with Wonder Woman, but then squandered it with their handling of her character in Justice League. I guarantee you that Marvel won't make the same mistake when Black Panther appears in their next big team movie (Infinity War). Marvel is untouchable right now. Even when they stumble a bit and make something less than stellar (Thor 2, Inhumans, Iron Fist), they always come back with something staggeringly popular and rewrite the record books. The MCU is an astonishing accomplishment as a mega-franchise. But I'm curious; to what extent has it reached into the gaming market? Are there any MCU-licensed video games, board games, or RPGs?
  3. Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    The question of why Vision is worthy to lift/wield Mjolnir is less interesting to me than how the enchantment is enforced. If the answer is, "It is just is," then I think we should also be satisfied with answering the Vision question with "He just is."
  4. Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Well clearly Mjolnir was semi-sentient, and in addition to the ability to alter the local gravity around it, had the power "Sense Worthiness".
  5. The movies aren't (or wouldn't be) continuations of any existing continuity. They are part of a separate continuity where everything starts from scratch.
  6. Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Indeed. However, we have every reason to believe (or, rather, no reason not to believe) that said plot device established that the Vision could wield Mjolnir if he needed/wanted to. Well, if Mjolnir hadn't been destroyed by Hela, of course.
  7. Black Panther with spoilers

    It is hard for me to believe that T'Chaka's only move in defense of Zuri's father was a death blow.
  8. Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Not if she makes it into the MCU. After all, MCU Vision didn't have to.
  9. I mean officially, from Hero Games' point of view.
  10. Black Panther with spoilers

    But what about half-Wakandans? Eric's father should have known that his son's claim to the throne--or at least the right to challenge for it--would be recognized by all the tribes. I mean, Eric clearly believed he would be allowed to challenge the sitting king. Where did that belief come from? Moreover, his challenge was recognized as legitimate, and accepted by its king. As for T'Chaka, he didn't have to kill Eric's father. He could have taken him in for Wakandan trial without harming him (much), taking Eric along with them. If Eric is Wakandan enough to (one day) challenge for the throne (as Wakandan law clearly allows), then he is Wakandan enough to bring him there and properly introduce/indoctrinate him to the culture.
  11. Is Hero System Basic considered a core library volume?
  12. Thor: Ragnarok spoiler thread

    Good point. In addition to that, it seems that the MCU-promulgated notion that Mjolnir can't be moved unless someone worthy moves it (like Thor or Vision) appears to have been debunked by the fact that Surtur's dragon managed to shake it off after Thor tried to keep him pinned down by dropping it into his mouth.
  13. Black Panther with spoilers

    It would seem that the personal struggle we got to see was Okoye's. I guess they didn't feel they had time to do that for W'Kabi too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  14. Marvel didn't yet have a formula when Batman Begins or The Dark Knight came out. In fact, I'd say their formula for success didn't really emerge until 2012 when The Avengers thoroughly eclipsed Dark Knight Rises. The decision to approach superheroes "realistically" and "seriously" wasn't a particularly awful one, as it potentially offered a point of distinction with what Marvel was coming out with, but that wasn't the start of their corporate psychosis, in my view. They didn't truly go off the rails until after The Avengers put incredible pressure on WB to turn Man of Steel into the basis for a shared universe. It was that strategic decision, along with completely untenable time tables, that put them on the path to implosion they are now trying to rescue themselves from.
  15. Black Panther with spoilers

    I probably should have paid closer attention to W'Kabi's characterization. You're right, he was a co-villain right from the start.