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Marvel's sliding continuity

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Juan Cena

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Postby Juan Cena » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:21 pm

Uncle Rich had a interesting article on Marvel's sliding continuity, and how in the context of that scale. everything in the Marvel Universe can now have said to have happened after 9-11.

However old the child of Reed Richards and Sue Richards is, add a couple of years, and you have however long it’s been since Fantastic Four #1 in current continuity. Franklin seems somewhere around 7 or 8, so the Marvel Universe, as we know it, is around ten years old, max.

What does that mean in practice?

The Fantastic Four’s space flight, the thawing of Captain America, the setting up of Xavier’s school, the arrival of Thor, the kidnap of Tony Stark, the appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer, etc etc, all happened in the early 21st century. And it’s all post 9-11.






http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/06/21/the-marvel-sliding-timescale-of-continuity/
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StarCruncher

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Postby StarCruncher » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:28 pm

Why is he called Uncle Rich? Isn't nieto older than Rich?
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IvCNuB4

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:41 pm

Nieto is more of a hot daddy :groucho:
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e_galston

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Postby e_galston » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:47 pm

outsider wrote:Why is he called Uncle Rich? Isn't nieto older than Rich?


only one person on this board calls him Uncle Rich... so your guess is as good as anyone elses
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:11 pm

So?

I don't see why Rich has brought 9/11 into this, it seems kind of ghoulish.
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Juan Cena

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Postby Juan Cena » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:17 pm

Punchy wrote:So?

I don't see why Rich has brought 9/11 into this, it seems kind of ghoulish.


Well for one thing it means the events in that particular issue of ASM dealing with 9-11 can now be said to have not happened in Marvel continuity.
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Juan Cena

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Postby Juan Cena » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:22 pm

e_galston wrote:
only one person on this board calls him Uncle Rich... so your guess is as good as anyone elses


Actually, it's kind of a take on how I refer to Nike head honcho Phil Knight as "Uncle Phil," and Nike as "Uncle Phil's Misguided Children." Which is itself a take on "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children," (aka the USMC).

And I kind of swiped Uncle Phil from here.

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Postby BlueStreak » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:27 pm

I've always thought of Marvel's sliding timescale as an acceleration of time due to the presence of superscientists accelerating our technology in such a short period of time.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:33 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
Well for one thing it means the events in that particular issue of ASM dealing with 9-11 can now be said to have not happened in Marvel continuity.


So?

That's one issue out of 700 (and 12), and one that was already continuity-light.
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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:43 pm

I really don't understand the need to confine the history of an entire comic universe's continuity into a linear format, especially when the very nature of comics dictates that that format will have to continually change. If you can understand concepts like the Power Cosmic or the Speed Force, then it shouldn't be that much harder to imagine that time is a little more fluid in regards to a comic universe. :smt102
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holtom2000

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Postby holtom2000 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:56 pm

I've long stopped caring about the starting point of heroes except for the JSA (the real one) and Captain America. The rest? Just make it all sliding scale
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Juan Cena

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Postby Juan Cena » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:01 pm

holtom2000 wrote:I've long stopped caring about the starting point of heroes except for the JSA (the real one) and Captain America. The rest? Just make it all sliding scale



I kind of wish DC had fixed things to where the JSA wasn't formed in the 40's and placed more like a point 25-30 years in the present day DCU. It just would have saved a lot of convoluted excuses to why they didn't look as old as they were supposed to be.
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Postby BubbaKanoosh » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:04 pm

This is silly.
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StarCruncher

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Postby StarCruncher » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:10 pm

Punchy wrote:So?

I don't see why Rich has brought 9/11 into this, it seems kind of ghoulish.
Rich has bills to pay. Those clicks aren't going to happen all on their own!
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StarCruncher

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Postby StarCruncher » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:11 pm

Juan Cena wrote:

I kind of wish DC had fixed things to where the JSA wasn't formed in the 40's and placed more like a point 25-30 years in the present day DCU. It just would have saved a lot of convoluted excuses to why they didn't look as old as they were supposed to be.
Or conversely, keep the JSA firmly fixed in the WWII era and don't have them around today (unless it's Alan due to magic, but not frickin' Ted... that was stupid).

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