Response To Remender’s Politically Correct Avengers

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With Uncanny Avengers #9, I think it’s safe to question Remender’s viewpoints on the mutant situation.

Like Wolverine said before, the Avenger’s hearts are in the right place as they make an effort for mutant equality, but from what we have seen they certainly don’t look as though they fully understand. As an X-Men reader pointed out, it seems that Remender is set on his own view of the situation but does not allow any room for disagreement. He paints the X-Men as unreasonable and the Avengers more open to the acceptance of mutants. Even being a team that represents both mutants and humans, led by a mutant as well, it still isn’t really his team as Captain America consistently tries to give the orders. This shows a blatant disregard of the fact that mutants have always been able to take care of themselves.

Maybe it was because of Avengers Vs. X-Men that the Avengers themselves don’t trust X-Men, which would be hypocritical, but there is too much animosity over something that should be very simple. They know the world they want to live in, and one which they don’t have to assimilate into. It’s about being mutant and proud while being seen just like everyone else. Every other human, alien, god, atlantean, inhuman, and so forth. Remender doesn’t want them to be in charge, he wants them to be the stubborn side that doesn’t want to change yet change is what they’ve been fighting for their whole lives. Avengers think it’s as easy as molding the mutants into their image and paint them as heroes, it just doesn’t work that way. The Avengers aren’t even willing to do what it takes to save the lives of many, something even Thor understands well enough being an Avenger himself.

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The use of the word mutant, or the M word is the political center point that Remender has made more important than it needs to be. Mutants are mutants, to say they are not or try to vanquish the word is taking away their birthright. That is what makes them special, they are not like everyone else and shouldn’t have to give that up in order to fit in. They just need to be accepted for just being people with powers. There is nothing like being tagged as villains because of Magneto’s evil deeds or the misdeeds of others, that is an excuse to protect oneself out of shame. The finger should only be pointed at those mutants who have committed crimes. It’s always going to be black and white no matter who you are and being a mutant or labelled as one doesn’t change that.

Remender has basically turned the word into something offensive. If anything being a mutant and standing together as one is what has gotten them this far. You take away their power when they give up what makes them special, everything they had to go through to get to this point. That is just trying to be politically correct when there is no need for it. Why the debate over the word mutant is an issue now is beyond me, but if it were that easy to change that, it would have been done long ago. Actions speak louder than words and right now Remender has shown all talk.

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X-Force, a team of mutant killers sent out to create a permanent solution to what others slap a band-aid on. X-Men do not promote killing, but there are situations where you have no option, this is something that Thor agrees with as well. In fact just about most heroes have blood on their hands and they fill Wolverine with nothing but guilt for doing what had to be done to ensure the mutant races survival. Those twins are going to kill them all unless they do what has to be done, and the Avengers are being hypocrites to judge others for seeing this. Being Avengers doesn’t make them superior and certainly isn’t a standard that others must meet.

Now rest assure this is nothing against the series overall, but it’s apparent that Remender wants you to take what he writes and make a choice about who’s right. From the point of view that he’s trying to put down, the X-Men and mutants deserve a bit more than the Avengers can offer them. They may be trying their hardest, but they don’t understand the struggle and life of a mutant to make a fair judgement of what is right for them. Maybe this is his intention, but issue #9 certainly hasn’t shown that and this is what comes from it.

Siphen is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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4 thoughts on “Response To Remender’s Politically Correct Avengers

  1. I’ve got a post coming about this series. But man, Remender’s been pissing me off. He’s taking a naive and foolish view, the kind of view that can only really be held by someone who’s comfortable with where they are and doesn’t feel any particular persecution. And what’s worse is he has dissenting opinions made by people who come across as unrelenting jerks. Rogue has been a bitch from the first issue. Just an unlikable, unsympathetic, unreasonable, needlessly antagonistic bitch. No one on the team has backed her up in anything she’s been saying. She keeps getting called out, even by the other X-Men, for being a bitch. So when she’s the one presenting the dissenting opinion, it comes across as Remender simply trying to get readers to dismiss it.

    Another point: The argument against mutant culture. Wanda essentially says there’s no such thing as mutant culture, because the only thing mutants share in common is how they got their powers – an accident of birth. By the same logic, there’s no gay culture, because all they share is their sexuality – an accident of birth. The argument could even be extended. The only thing Christians share is a belief in Jesus as their saviour. The only thing Canadians share is living in Canada. Wanda’s dismissal of mutant culture can be used to dismiss the entire idea of culture in general.

    And I find it difficult to believe that Remender doesn’t actually agree with most of what he has Alex and Wanda saying. Because he presents their views as being much more reasonable and sympathetic than Rogue’s. Maybe he’s setting it up to cast doubt on their views down the line, showing the flaws in their thinking, and showing just how complex the whole thing is. But, honestly, I don’t think that’s what he’s doing. I don’t think he’s a good enough writer to go that path. I think, instead, he’s going to have Rogue start to come around to their view. Oh, sure, he’ll pay lip service to the complexity. MAYBE – and this is a slim maybe – he’ll even have someone call Havok out on his “M-word” comment, and have Havok feel he made the wrong argument. But I doubt we’ll even get that much.

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    • There’s honestly not much doubt in my mind that he will. He’s going to have Rogue forgive Wanda for M-Day, and have them become besties, having slumber parties and painting each other’s nails, and agreeing that, like, we’re all just people, man.

      And he’s also going to have Alex and Wasp start a badly-written relationship with absolutely no chemistry, because let’s face it, Remender is incapable of writing a convincing romance.

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