I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!
I am as far beyond Mutants as they are beyond you. I am eternal.
Evil? I am not malevolent, I simply am!
Eli has made a lot of mistakes, but has yet to learn from any of them. He took drugs to gain powers, yet instead of paying the price for this, he's rewarded by given a super soldier blood transfusion, endowing him real powers (what's the moral here?).
Then his actions in CC prevented the recalibration of the Mutant race and, inadvertently, got Cassie killed. Blaming Cassie's death on Doom is further evidence of Eli not having to owe up to his missteps and poor decision making.
He refused to get involved again because he knew he didn't deserve to be a hero. But his friend's mother got murdered in front of his eyes and his friend was kidnapped. He had to help because the Young Avengers needed all the help they could get. Saving Teddy from the Super Skrull was more important than Eli feeling ashamed and guilty and unworthy of being a superhero because he used to take drugs. Great power and great responsibility thing again, even though he didn't have powers at this time it was still his duty to save his friend.
And that's when he earned his powers. He was the least powerful, least trained person on that roof and he still threw himself in front of Captain America because he saw it coming and he was there to do something about it.
Had to delete some posts that weren't conducive to the thread so let's keep this thread about the Young Avengers and not about each other.
Conflicted, neurotic characters are Marvel's stock and trade. Patriot, warts and all, could end up being a great character, but I think he needs to sit on the shelf a bit so to give his inevitable return more of a dramatic heft.
"I don't know how to please you Lord, but I think the fact I try to please you, pleases you."
As it stands, a junkie / juicer was 'rewarded' with the equivalent of being permanently high, all because he demonstrated a little selflessness for once. Heinberg realised how empty a story that really was, and so when he got to write him again, he tied up Eli's story neatly by having his pigheadedness cost the lives of his friends.
Anyway, I'd much rather look to the future of the book, rather than reflect on past mistakes! I'm eager to see how Kate and Noh meet and how the sparks fly, as well as how two strong-minded and confident women from different sides of the tracks are going to hit it off.
Women are beautiful. But we're not here for your goddamn titillation.- junesdisco