Tuesday, January 31, 2012
SHE-ZAM: So what's Mary Marvel's new name?
Though it's the sad end to a very long era, I'm not all that upset by DC's scrapping the Captain Marvel name and officially naming the character Shazam. I'm disappointed, but it's not New Disappointment. I'm disappointed that DC ever got their hands on the character in the first place; a much bigger issue to me than their salvaging what they can from him now that they've messed him up so badly.
To be clear, their ruining him isn't a recent thing, but a long, complicated story that goes back to the '70s and the exact moment they decided to acquire him. They've never known what to do with him and the word "Marvel" being so prominent in his name hasn't helped their marketing. They've ended up with a character better known for his catch-phrase than his name.
The question I have - and here's where I have the potential to be more upset - is how this will affect the other members of the Marvel Family. If there's no Captain Marvel, what becomes of Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr? Do they exist in the DCnU and if so, what are their names?
Suggestions? Do you care?