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I am in the minority, but i thought the prequels were pretty good for what they were. The hype especially for the first one was so high that it never was going to meet it. They did suffer from a couple problems though...

1) Lucas relied a bit too much on CGI effects for the prequels.

2) It is hard to buy that Anakin Skywalker is that awesome at age what 5 or 6 in the first movie. Especially when he takes about being able to pod racers---hell, he could barely see over the dashboard. If you make him 7 or 8 that is a lot more believable.

3) The problem of trying to do everything at the speed of light just to cram it into 3 movies. Episodes 4-6 covers what 5-6 year period? Whereas the prequels cover 15-20 years.That is a lot of ground to cover.

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When I first left the X-Men family of books was back when Generation X started up and in like 3-4 issues, Jubilee goes from what an average teenager looks like to this supermodel look with boobs as big as her head. After all, it all became about the big event. Seems like there would be 3-4 "big" events in the X-Universe every years and things got lost. I do think the break in the two teams is a good thing, because it allows them to explore new things. I am hopeful now that you have 3 distinct people groups with the X-Men, Wolvie and the kids and Danielle Moonstar and her new mutants that there is time to let the characters grow and change. And for writers and artists to stretch out their legs a bit.

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The easy thing to say is that Logan/Wolverine is not fit to be the Headmaster of the school. That is the knee jerk reaction. But what does a headmaster need to be? 
 
1) Ability to help young mutants defend themselves and control their abilities so they are not a danger to themselves or others. 
 
As has been noted several times in this thread, Wolverine/Logan has mastered tons of different fighting styles and skills over the years. Given his length of life, it is fair to say his fighting skills clearly rival anyone in the Marvel universe. Any young mutants should be able to a very good education in their powers and abilities from Logan/Wolverine. 
 
2) Can he be a leader of young mutants and 2a) Is he willing to put in the time at the school? 
 
Yeah, I think he can be a leader of young mutants because there is no other choice right now. He has taken young mutants under his wing before (Kitty Pryde, Jubilee among others), so we know that he has that capability within him.  
 
2a) I think so as well, and the way you can tell it is that school is named after Jean Grey. And Jean meant the world to Logan, so i don't think that he would be naming the school after her (in her memory) if he was not willing to put his time in there. That is the key really. If the school fails under his leadership then it would be a disgrace to the memory of Jean, and I can't see that happening. It might fail but not from a lack of time there. 
 
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You are not going to beat Galactus physically. A team is going to have to outsmart him. Galactus bonding with the Venom symbiote (leaving alone why he would right now) would also give him the weaknesses as well. So the first thing would be to attack the Venom symbiote. 
 
So the team would have to be: Reed Richards, Doctor Doom, The Human Torch, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Firestar. 
 
That would be the core team there. Because if you can't get the Venom Symbiote off Galactus then it is not going to matter at all. And you are going to have to assume that you have to duplicate some abilities to ensure against someone getting knocked out. That team mentioned above could not take out Galactus alone so you would need to add the following characters. 
 
Silver Surfer: He brings the power cosmic to the fight, and probably knows Galactus the best of anyone in the Marvel universe. He provides invaluable knowledge of the opponent here. 
  
Doctor Strange (classic): I am not sure that Strange could do anything, but at the very least he can give Galactus some pause. The reason is I am not sure that anyone has ever used mystical powers against Galactus (could be wrong) so it would be an interesting matchup. 
 
Tony Stark: His technical genuis would be very much needed here. For the longest time, Stark was involved in making weapons especially offensive ones. While Richards and Doom could build a suitable machine to defeat Galactus it would not be a machine that could destroy him (Reed being moral and Doom wanting that power for himself). Stark on the other hand could take the blueprints and modify it to do exactly that (theoritically). 
 
Loki: I think for this mission, he might actually play it straight. If he could defeat Galactus that would be something neither Odin or Thor could do and I can see in his mind that being able to do that would allow him to make a claim (down the line) for the being the next king of Asgard. Loki is formidable mystic in his own right and has (presumbly) much greater knowledge and stamina than Strange would have.
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Originally it was Professor X. Absolutely no doubt about it. These days though it is probably Kitty Pryde (when she can stay tangible). 
 
There was a reason that Cyclops brought Pryde back to teach way back in Astonishing X-Men. She is the girl next door, one of the rare mutants that actually was well adjusted before joining Xavier's school. She is from middle class roots making her very relateable to many newcomers (though not all). A lot of new mutants think that their power is lame, well Kitty has a nearly purely defensive power but through brains and hard work she has consistently shown that she has offensive capabilities as well. In the long term, (given what Cyclops is now, Storm being married and Jean Grey well---dead) she is probably the most likely to take over the leadership of teaching the next generation of mutants and being a defacto leader when Cyclops steps down/is killed. 
 
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@mattdemers said:
" @Whitley: You forget that NOF is a team show; the reason their powers don't get boring is because they can shift between each character when things start to drag. An episode only devoted to the husband? Please.  "

Actually, a recent episode showcased him when a hunter takes down his wife. JJ is in the background and Daphne really is subplot for the husband  to meet the villan and give him a beatdown. In the end, he makes the call to give bring her to Dr. King so she can be saved. 
 
He definitely stars in the episode and is the one that is moving the action throughout that storyline. 
 
But the hardest thing to do probably would be to showcase super intelligence, especially if you are talking a Brainac 5 or so level.
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@NexusOfLight said:
"I disagree about the super strength and psi-based powers. I mean, I know it's not all that popular, but No Ordinary Family does a good job with their power displays. All telepathy really needs is a voice over, and you're good, and that show makes it work. As for super strength, I don't really see how it--as a power--would come off boring. I mean, if that's all there is to the character then yeah, the character would come off boring in the same way as a character who's strictly defined by any other super power would be boring. Hulk worked well, Thing translated well too. In fact, I'd say super strength would be one of the easiest print to film powers to pull off working well. Not so heavy on special effects, just pretty straight forward. As for characters who rely on gadgets suddenly loosing them, I don't think the issue is with the translation on screen. That's more of a story writing thing. Now if the gadget is extremely complex--like the Witchblade for instance--then I would agree that a transition would be weird and awkward. "

 
No Ordinary Family is a show that just keeps getting better and better. Very good writing there on nearly every episode. The reason that NOF works and a show like Heroes fell down in later seasons is because NOF doesn't try to do too much. In fact, if Wonder Woman follows a path like NOF then it could be a really good show.
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Doc Strange v. Clarion, the Witch Boy 
 
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@Lvenger said:
" @chalkshark:  Thanks for the info. That fight in particular is one I'd like to see. Iron Man for all his technology and intelligence wouldn't be able to stop Magneto ripping his armour off him like paper. So he'd have to think of a completely original strategy to beat him. It would make for a pretty cool fight imo. There are plenty of other matchups I want to see but I can't think of them for the life of me. They only spring to mind once I actually see them so I'll have to wait a while before I remember some "


Actually in What If #61 (vol. 2) What If Iron Man had sold out? 
 
Dealt with this. With the Iron Man technology plundered when the Government opened the doors for other countries, there was no age of heroes. 
 
Tony became more and more withdrawn until Magneto leading a charge of his acolytes finally brings him out (the sentinals had basically wiped out mutants) of hiding. Tony has a non ferrous Iron Man suit and absorbs Magnetos energy and he is able to physically crush Magneto's force field.  
 
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It depends if you are talking about the surface of art then yeah it is a lot better today.  But take the time to look and there was some very fine artists working in the 80s as well (and even earlier). 
 
   http://media.photobucket.com/image/Art%20Adams%20X-men/sagafanj/EvoWarX-Men.jpg 
 
Guys like Art Adams were really solid at just about everything.  You also have John B., David Cockrum and a few others starting establish themselves in the 80s. 
 
Still for my money, no one can really touch Jack Kirby.