Saturday, October 14, 2006

Who is the CIVIL WAR traitor?

SPOILERS and speculation follow:

Marvel’s Civil War: Front Line #7 revealed a new player in the ongoing milieu: A mystery man working in league with Norman Osborn a.k.a. the Green Goblin to override control of the villain by Tony Stark’s pro-registration camp. The shadowed man hands Osborn another vial of serum, and the two strike a bargain: the serum will suppress the nanites that keep the Goblin’s whereabouts and emotional intent at all times, rendering him effectively invisible. In exchange, the Goblin will act on the mystery man’s behalf at the right time and place.

It almost has to be one of the major players on the pro registration side. Tony Stark is out, unless he can somehow grow and ungrow a goatee at will. The shadowing in this picture makes it look like mystery man might have a mustache, but it’s hard to say:

Hank Pym seems too obvious, and he has cracked up before, spectacularly so. He’d probably be the first one they’d suspect, not the last. There aren’t too many heroes on that side left that would be all that shocking. Nobody’s gonna care if Doc Samson betrays them.

I’m guessing Reed (Mister Fantastic) Richards. On at least three different occasions during CW, Reed has told the story of his Uncle Ted, and how his outspoken, eccentric nature clashed with the House Un-American Activities Commission. His Uncle fought the system and was destroyed professionally and personally. Reed always follows up by saying that right or wrong, it was the law, and his uncle was wrong not to comply. I don’t think that that’s what he learned from Uncle Ted at all. He probably learned out that if you’re gonna fight the system, be quiet about it.

So I’m guessing this is Mister Fantastic here in shadows, secretly undermining Stark. I wonder at his sinister demeanor in this sequence though:

If it is Reed, is he just playing up to the big bad super villain, or is something else going on here? Ambition? Revenge? Control? That doesn’t sound like Reed. He might have something more ambitious than just opposing the SHRA. What if Reed decided the whole mess might just be better off with him in charge? What if he grew tired of fools and incompetents in charge of the world? What if Mister Fantastic…went bad?

Probably not gonna happen. And I may be wrong about it being Reed. Feel free to present your own crackpot theories, or shoot holes in mine, in my comments section!


Spencer Carnage said...

Hmm. Its one thing to show Tony and Reed as these All or Nothing conformist type, towing the Pro-Reg party line regardless of who it puts them against. Its another to have them(Reed in this case) just go out of their way to have these psycho villians running loose to fit into some nefarious scheme. I can see Reed going up against his friends, but I can't see him willing let loose someone who has a huge vendetta against Spiderman. I'm guessing its someone we haven't seen before, but when we do, we slap our heads and go "of course! Its So-and so!" That way we get that big jaw dropping change in status quo and it pushes our nostalgia button. Don't know it is, but I'm feeling like its someone new to Civil War.

Brian Hughes said...

I guess my thinking stems from the fact that Reed is the smartest guy in the room - any room - and may well be several steps ahead of everyone else. If he is using the bad guys, he would probably also have a plan to neutralize them when the time is right. I'm sure he could engineer a counter-counter agent that drops Osborn at will. This scene heavily implies that the traitor is in a position to move Osborn around and determine his fate. If it is Reed, he would have that latitude and he may have given Tony the idea to use the villains in the first place, setting him up for a fall.

Jon Hex said...

I'm leaning toward Reed, because Tony wouldn't be able to reach his hand out over that long ass desk to give Osborn the nanite cure.

Brian Hughes said...

I thought of that, too, but the desk is drawn differently in those two panels. In that second shot I posted, you'd be right, but in the third, a regular person could pass something to Osborn, though he might have to stand up and reach a bit. The artist wasn't really consistent with the desk size, so we can't be sure if that was supposed to be a clue or not.