No Right Explanation

No Right Explanation
Puberty and Racism

Firefilm | 22 Oct 2012 16:00
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Kyle: Well, here we are. Let's start with the accusations that Chris and I don't know what the hell we are talking about in terms of X-Men.

We know enough. Could we teach an upper-level semester in Mutant History for a semester? Probably not. But we did make competent arguments and strong cases for both of our sides. I can't exactly be bothered to know more about X-Men than I already do. I've got four years of average education, a wife's likes and dislikes, and all the words to the theme to Ghostbusters. My head is full.

Anyway, the argument at hand is Gambit vs. Beast. I do need to point out something important that none of us will enjoy acknowledging. Gambit and Beast both have their similarities to Wolverine. So, is it better to be more like Logan, or is it worse? I suppose it would depend on your viewpoint.

Gambit is a radical personality just like Wolverine, and he is known to go off on his own and have some life-changing adventures. That makes for good stories, even if it's a tad derivative.

Meanwhile, Beast is very similar in power and oddity as Wolverine. Stay with me here...Beast has super powered senses, reflexes, and strength. Wolverine does too. Beast has an animalistic appearance (first mildly ape-like, then later more feline), just like Wolverine. And to top it off, Hank even struggles with controlling his animal instinct. Wolverine also has been known to give in to the "beast" inside. This all may sound pretty circumstantial, but you must admit that the similarities here mean that any personal story for the character is easily adaptable for the other.

Moreover, if we talk about personal dilemmas for the characters then Gambit really has Beast beat for good drama. While Beast has struggled with being judged by his appearance (in keeping with the theme of X-Men of persecution), Gambit has had a crisis or seven in his personal relationship with Rogue, his friends' lack of understanding and reluctance to trust him, and he himself has faltered and switched sides on many occasions.

There's just more story there. Because Gambit is such a vagabond, he has a character arc to play out over years of comics/cartoons. Once Beast is cool with being big and blue, he's pretty much done as a changing character because he's already done finding his allegiance, his purpose, and his moral center. A character that well-grounded (surrounded by a bunch of others that are also well-grounded) I could probably do without if necessary.

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