As I began to think about this blog post I couldn’t help but think of this nagging thought: Throughout comic book history the male superhero has been the most predominant character. Their plot lines overlap with each other and many hostile situations have arisen mostly because of male dynamics. This lead me to think interesting question, what would happen to a comic book’s plot if some of the male characters were female?
It just so happened that a artist thought of this alternate situation concerning one of the most pivotal story arcs in marvel history. The Marvel Civil War starts with a tragedy instigated by young superheros that lead to the deaths of over six hundred people, mostly children. This event and others lead to the enactment of the Registration Act in which all superheros would be forced to reveal their true identities and receive training. This divided the superheros into two factions: the people for registration lead by Tony Stark i.e. Iron Man and those against it lead by Steve Rogers, Captain America. The fights that ensued caused physical and emotional damage for both superheroes and civilians.
The alternate scenario concerning the leaders of the factions is thus; Tony Stark as a woman had married Captain America. Because of their relationship and unwillingness to fight each other The Civil War was averted before it even began. This saved many from harm and stopped many traumatic events that occurred in the aftermath of the War
This alternate world in which Tony Stark was a woman lead me to ask more questions. What would happen if there were more male-turned-female characters. Would situations be averted or would they escalate more than the canon? How would these changes effect the plot of the comic as a whole and what relationships would form or subvert?
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