The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic Universe

by Joseph Overaitis

173711_b4c4eb554087bdd463f2bcbeb07947d0dbedaabc-198x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMarvel Comics has always tried to be all-inclusive when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Black Panther was a great movie that demonstrated that a film could be financially successful with a minority hero.  Sadly Kevin Feige has failed to be as inclusive as he could be and has left one group completely out of their films.

Kevin Feige’s Failure

793779_guidebook-to-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-marvels-avengers-1-1-198x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseKevin Feige has been a great steward of the diversity of the Marvel Comic Cinematic Universe.  The one area that Kevin Feige has failed is in portraying physically and mentally impaired individuals on the big screen.  The only Marvel Comics impaired characters to appear on screen that had any significance were Professor Xavier and Blind Al, but they were not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You could try to argue Don Cheadle’s War Machine suffered an injury that left him unable to walk, but that is a stretch.  Kevin Feige could solve this problem by introducing a bold character that would have a lasting impact on the MCU.

Sentry, A Hero Marvel Comics Needs

250419_eb37a955c65c19c28fe60875906dba7e7b0a7da8-192x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseSentry is a powerhouse with powers that make him his own Avengers team.  Strength.  Telepath. Power of Resurrection.  He is such a dominant and strong hero he has taken on Galactus by himself.  This is a character that can appear on Earth or travel with The Guardians of the Galaxy to the stars.  He has been a member of the Avengers and interacted with much of the Marvel universe.  Sentry also has more than an arch-villain like most characters because he himself is his own villain. The character of Sentry also serves as the villain The Void.  Imagine for every life Sentry saves Void can take one.  The perfect stalemate.

Sentry offers so much potential and yet it is his one weakness that makes this character story so compelling.  Even with all the power he has, Sentry suffers from a debilitating mental illness that causes him to limit his own abilities to protect the world.  Imagine showing a person with mental impairment in a positive light fighting to save the world instead of showing them as a  villain or as a victim.  If Kevin Feige really wants to diversify the Marvel Cinematic Universe and show characters that inspire us, then Sentry is one character that must be in the next phase of movies.

Investing in Sentry Comic Books

173711_b4c4eb554087bdd463f2bcbeb07947d0dbedaabc-198x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseSentry is a character that has touched many storylines in his 20-year history in Marvel Comics.  The books to invest in would be three versions of his first appearance.  The normal Sentry #1 cover has a great Jae Lee cover. One downside to this cover is the black border around the character makes finding top grade raw copies difficult.  As of this writing, there are less than 575 copies in the CGC census, so this book should have room to grow.  I have managed to see a few at auctions but usually, these books are snatched up by the savvy investors in the room at below FMV prices.

 

 

 

707998_5557026d9c2c19c43a680a82fb7d394020ec5846-197x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe most valuable first appearance of Sentry #1 features a John Romita Sr. variant cover. This cover portrays the character in a Silver Age type appearance.  This first appearance is the book most investors seem to bet on. Why? Because while it had a lower distribution number than the regular issue, this book has 200 copies in the census.  Again this is not a large number for a book released only 20 years ago, so if you find one raw and it is in a high grade you may want to buy it now.  In all the years I have attended live auctions I have yet to see this book come across the auction table.

 

 

 

 

704047_290fc9ec5a8bc3c1af465ae435a5549b79e8da7c-193x300 The One Failure of Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe middle of the road entry is the San Diego Comic-Con version of Sentry #1.  What amazes me is the book has roughly 350 issues in the CGC census and yet it has an FMV less than the regular edition.  A lower CGC census and sales numbers and yet the FMV is lower than the regular edition.  This is an irregularity that I can only justify because of a lackluster cover. That being said, this book is still the first appearance of Sentry.  The significance of this book may make it the most undervalued of the three first appearances. This may be the book you want to buy because it could be ripe for a market readjustment when the rarity of the book becomes apparent to investors.

A Hero for our Time

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a driving force for investors.  You better be one step too early instead of one step too late to realize any profits from your investments. Banking on a character that has such significance in the Marvel Comics universe is a safe bet. The fact that Sentry represents a group of people that have not adequately been portrayed in the MCU could make these books sleepers.  I would recommend buying a few if you can and waiting to see if these books could explode with an MCU appearance.  Even if there is not MCU appearance you should remember that an undervalued first appearance of a Marvel Comics hero is usually a safe bet to hold its value and only appreciate with time.

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14 comments

Z-Ram November 15, 2020 - 2:16 pm

A couple things: That’s not a JR SR cover, that’s a Jae Lee cover drawing in the Silver/Golden Age style. Second, having the Sentry in the MCU seems more about having your Sentry issues go up in price than your quibbles about diversity. I don’t think anyone who would see a blonde white guy with the power of a “million exploding suns” on the big screen would consider that a move towards diversity.

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Joesph Overaitis November 15, 2020 - 7:25 pm

Z-Ram

I apologize as you are correct about the variant. I do not collect a lot of variants and researched the variant edition the information I obtained from a resource was slightly off, but the mistake ultimately goes on to myself to verify multiple sources.

I disagree with you though on the diversity aspect. A blond white guy is what you see but I also see a mentally impaired individual suffering from a disability that would deem him to be a protected individuals in our society. My career has been spent working with minorities and mentally and physically impaired individuals and their treatment by society. I see much more representations of minorities than I ever see of a physically or mentally impaired individual in movies and when they are portrayed on the screen it is a role of victim or villain. Rarely do you see a lead actor that is impaired. I have spent my life helping these individuals seek the dignity and respect they rightfully deserve. I have had a neighbors relative come trick or treating several years who is larger than most of the kids and he tells everyone that his age and that has severe autism but most see him as a tall white kid trying to take candy for children. Finally before I wrote this article I sold my Sentry #1 book in an auction. It was the reason I wrote about the book. I did not want to profit from any of my writings and when I do write about a book I own I disclose that fact.

Z-Ram this article was about diversity of a group most people do not want to see. They are placed in group homes or live on the streets because the severity of their issues prevent them from sometimes enjoying the things the rest of us take for granted. I spend my days handling the cases of these people that society has forgotten and listen in court as they cry, scream, or just stare into space because they are prisoners of their own mind. I try to treat them with the dignity of respect and kindness that many others tend to deprive them in their daily lives. I am responding because I was personally upset that you sadly made an assumption about me and seemed to believe that I wrote this article about making a few bucks by exploiting a severe problem in our society that is largely ignored. You do not see impaired individuals in the MCU Period!! I make you this offer though to spend one day when the courts open and I am serving those impaired individuals and protecting their rights to come with me and sit with them. To see what I see. To see the quiet despair of these individuals who are trapped in their bodies by their own minds and then ask yourself if you still believe that I wanted to make a few bucks from a comic book rather than my quibble about the mistreatment of these individuals. Spend a day in my shoes. See things you wish you never had to see and sometimes haunt me in my sleep and ask yourself if somehow the rise in value of a simple comic book would warrant someone to write this article.

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steven Centonzo November 16, 2020 - 7:23 am

the premise of this article is a stretch. and people with mental illness wouldn’t feel better if they saw their illness portrayed in any capacity. This is a big liberal fallacy. ( as a simple example, why would a person with a leg having been blown off, feel better about their plight just by seeing another 1 legged person on the screen?. That’s a liberal, guilt reducing, figment. ask any legless person) and thirdly, the audience you are trying to virtue signal to, doesn’t spend $4.99 on multiple comics every week, if they even have a job. I own all the comics featured in this article, if they go up, all good, but…

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Joesph Overaitis November 16, 2020 - 8:55 am

Steven

That is it though, I do talk to people with mental illnesses and physical impairments every day. There is a stigma to these diseases and most actually want to have their stories portrayed on the big screen but believe they do not because healthy people would feel guilty watching character like them. If you would portray a person with a mental illness in such a way as showing they are more than just that disease then how could you not want to show that. The biggest problem is that most of the time we do not show people with impairments because it makes the viewer uncomfortable. We see the injury and not the person. Your example of a person who lost a limb through some method of amputation is a great example. If you show a person on the screen who lost a leg and that is all you used to define him then you are correct, but what if there was more. What if that person could function in society and had a job and was married. What if that person overcame societies perceived shortcomings in that person and saw more. Do you know how many wounded veterans I have helped try to get jobs and the only thing people see is what is missing and not what was left? Do you also know that many of people that suffer medical conditions that deem them as impaired want to work if they can and there exists federal and state programs that can reimburse employers for their salaries? The problem is that employers see the disease/injury and not the rest of the person. Heck they would rather hire a drug addict to work as a janitor than a functioning autistic worker. I see it in the real world and in court.

Lets look at the DCU then. Freddie Freeman jokes about his disability and then you realize he is more than that handicapped kid, even before he gains his powers. He is a well adjusted normal kid who goofs around and tries to score stuff like any normal kid. How many kids do you think are like him out there where people only see the crutch and not the kid? I think you can not attribute that too a politically ideology because many of the most conservative people I know feel the same way. African American, LGBT, Hispanic, Asian American and every other group we want to see on tv and in the movies but why not a person who is suffers from a medical condition. Why can we not show it to let the viewers see the pain and the accomplishments that these individuals go through? Conservatives can donate to Wounded Veterans groups but how many Conservatives want to see a one legged man in a movie? Liberals who work in mainstream media cry everyday about being inclusive and yet how many shows feature a person who is mentally or physically impaired even in a supporting role?

Steven as I said before I work as an attorney who helps these people every day and they are just that, people. If we can show every other type of person in the marvel cinematic universe than why could we not show a hero who is battling a disease of his own mind in a positive light to show that these individuals are more than their diseases?

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steven Centonzo November 16, 2020 - 2:54 pm

You make good points. I will re evaluate my thinking in some respects. Thank you

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Clifford Webb November 16, 2020 - 10:31 am

Force diversity is completely unnecessary. I am so tired of this SJW woke Garbage. Just tell a good story. Keep your politics to yourself.

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Joesph Overaitis November 16, 2020 - 11:02 am

Clifford

OMG. I just told my peers that I was called woke and then kind of laughed. I have been told in court I was a WASP ultra right wing conservative dinosaur the other day and a social justice woke warrior today.

I believe that this type of diversity is important because rarely are mentally and physically impaired individual shown on tv or in movies. Furthermore picture the story of a character who is omnipotent and yet battling his own inner demons. Think of heroes trying to fight an opponent who is their friend and not acting out of malice behavior but instead because of an inner conflict. Thanos was a great villain because he thought he was doing what was best for the world but what if he was a friend. Think of what if you had to save your child and the person you had to terminate was your spouse? External and internal conflict make not a good story. Instead though many who have commented have seen this as social justice from both sides of the spectrum.

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Masterthinker November 16, 2020 - 11:37 am

Stop trying to force diversity, marvel comics did diversity without having to force it! No one cares!!! And as a lawyer you probably go after hard working Americans to sue and guilt them into your point of view, which is wrong and liberals are the plague on on this great nation! You want your pseudo liberal utopia, then buy an island and move there!!!!!

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Joesph Overaitis November 16, 2020 - 11:22 pm

Masterthinker

I love your comment. My friends found it ironic that you thought I was liberal in my views. I usually represent soldiers who need assistance with PTSD and job placement after their service, children that were molested, abused and battered women, the elderly, and the mentally and physically impaired. I follow my faith and do what I can to give back to this world what it has given me. That was the reason for my article, to give a voice to the impaired. If you bothered to read my first blog it was a case of elder abuse, but again I guess giving a voice to a lady in her late 80s that was a soldier in WWII and the people that were stealing from her pro bono was as you said a plague on our great nation. As a supporter of free speech I may accept you have a right to your views but I do not necessarily have to agree with them.

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Bryan C Dawson November 16, 2020 - 4:35 pm

I would just like to add that I have nothing to add.

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Og_comics November 17, 2020 - 1:55 pm

Wouldn’t Moon Knight meet the mental illness criteria you’re talking about?

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Joesph Overaitis November 17, 2020 - 4:04 pm

Og

I have to give you that one. At first is was an attempt to have different identities to create different roles but it has tended to morph into that personality disorder realm. I would have to know though how they portray those identities. I would have included Deadpool, even with the non-MCU universe factor, but for the fact that Ryan Reynolds seems to use his fourth wall breaks and humor as a comedic device and not to illustrate a mental condition such as in the comic books. OG great point though and thank you for my miss on that character!! Great job and a valuable point to the discussion. May then I ask you would you prefer Marvel to portray him with a personality disorder or more using identities like Batman uses Bruce Wayne and Matches Malone because he is healthy?

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Ian November 22, 2020 - 9:16 pm

As a parent of a disabled child, I’ll keep it simple and say… this ain’t it chief. Kevin Feige hasn’t failed anyone or anything by not forcing a disabled character into the MCU. Most of us watch these movies to get away from reality, not to dive deeper into it. I do feel that diversity amongst races matter because it would be unrealistic to only see white superheroes in movies and comics. From a business perspective it’s obviously a better strategy to target multiple demographics with characters that they can relate to. Also it’s not like Kevin has a huge database of disabled characters he could just slide into the MCU with ease. Ultimately, regardless of your rebuttals this first thing I thought when I read this was that you were speculating on this to create chatter around a character you might be invested into.

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Joesph Overaitis November 24, 2020 - 8:58 am

As I stated in another article I sold my Sentry #1 so not really going to benefit in anyway from this article. In fact if I want to benefit from it I will be forced to chase it like the rest of the people who read the post.

I find it though puzzling that you indicate it is ok to want to display a multiple of races in the movies because that is a better display of characters but not mentally or physically impaired. So there was no way that any of the characters at all in the MCU could not have been impaired in any way? Yes we watch movies to get away from reality but what about to inspire those that do suffer. To show that they are not alone in the world. I represent in courts every day people like your child and the one thing they would like to see is people like them on the screen. Someone they can relate to in much the same way other demographics are shown on the screen. It may not be easy, but if Kevin can craft a multiple story arcs into a cohesive cinematic universe it is not as if he is void of talent to address this problem.

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