Im new to marvel comics and still getting my head around it all but i always thought he was meant to be Britians version of Captain America
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Alan Davis had all sorts of ideas about how the uniform worked that weren't made explicit in the comics (the 'animatronic' design of the helmet which explains why it's able to mimic and convey Brian's facial expression, for instance), and when he's captured by the Vixen in "Flotsam and Jetsam" her tech guy describes the uniform specifically as 'a machine', so maybe these sensors are just another function of the suit he's only recently become aware of. Most of Brian's career as Captain Britain has consisted of him being kept in the dark or outright lied to as regards his origin/powers/mission/potential. So him showing some tech abilities similar to Iron Man and Guardian/Vindicator isn't necessarily inconsistent.
On the other hand, as Sword mentioned upthread, he doesn't/shouldn't need the costume any more to access his basic powerset of flight and strength, so if Remender is (re)introducing this limitation I shall be somewhat ticked off (which is to say more ticked off than I've already indicated on this thread). In his defence, Remender hasn't done anything to contradict what Paul Cornell established about CB's powers yet, and has even made mention of the 'confidence factor'.
It seems to me that when handling the character since his 80s revamp, British and American writers are often pulling in opposite directions; American writers are keen to establish Brian as nobility and amp up the 'hey nonny nonny, fol de rol' aspect of the character (what Brian himself dismisses as "olde worlde hokum" at one point), whilst Moore Delano and Davis try to portray him as an everyman ("There's no title, it's just plain Mister I'm afraid") and emphasise the science/technological aspects ("amplifier costumes" as opposed to "magically powered armour"). Cornell moved away from this by emphasising the magical aspects of the character, but even this didn't necessarily contradict what had gone before.
"Dipped in magic,clothed in science" is a pretty damn good summation of Captain Britain and indicates the potential he has. When used to his best effect, he should have a foot planted squarely in both camps. That's what I'd like to see explored further, anyway.
Last edited by Gallifrey; 03-06-2012 at 08:20 AM.
From what I've read so far Captain Britain is in an interesting position.
What may seem to a an American writer as exotic (Brian's nobility) probably comes off as tiresome (or worse) to a Brit.
Brian has all the trappings of nobility, title, manor and servants I guess (I don't know if C.B. has his own personal Alfred or not) but Cornell's Captain Britain didn't put much stock in that stuff.
But I guess it has to be brought up in some manner, if only to show the difference between him and Union Jack.
Who, I guess is the working class version of Brian.
Thing is, he can't be Basil Fawlty and still be likable (unless you are meant to laugh at him as you did Fawlty),
so the pip pip cheerio stuff has to be toned down no matter what.
I think we're all a bit sensitive about the cliched aspects of how the American writers tend to portray the English.
Sorry, tried to multiquote your post but it went silly buggers on me so I've put most of my responses in bold text.
so he's a mix of Batman and Superman.
This is all very interesting to me. My only exposure to Captain Britain was New Excalibur, Wisdom, and MI13. I absolutely LOVED MI13 but I had no idea his suit/costume had any powers at all to it. I thought all of Brian's abilities were his own. Magic based of course. Or was that only in MI13? I guess I incorrectly assumed that when Merlin brought him back, he brought him back with all his original powers (except for the already mentioned confidence = power levels bit).
It was only when Chris Claremont took him on for the original Excalibur run that the whole 'geolocked' aspect of his powers (can't use them outside of the UK without wearing the suit) was introduced. This is also when the 'mystical energy' rationale starts getting bandied around.
I've always thought it would be more consistent to suggest that Brian's powers are psionic in nature; focused psychokinesis would explain his flight, strength and forcefield abilities, and 'psychic blocks' placed in his mind by Merlin would explain why he's not been able to reach his full potential previously. But that's just my pet theory.
It would also tie his abilities in with Elizabeth and Jamie's. I've always thought that the 'Jamie and Elizabeth are mutants but Brian isn't' rule is a daft and artificial distinction. But again, this was a retcon introduced by Claremont in order to shoehorn Jamie and Betsy into X - Book continuity.
No such ambiguity with the Ultimates CB though; he is just a normal human in a powered battlesuit (although it's currently Jamie, not Brian, who's wearing it).
How about a Captain Britain movie?
I was reading the top 10 Marvel movies never made and then at end it had worse 10 Marvel movies never made and he was number 5.
They said that and i quote
Over at Den of Geek5. Captain Britain - I love the character, but a patriotic Brit Superhero would be hard to sell to the British, let alone the rest of the world.
So what do you think of that?
I sort of disagree with that comment - I think it would be harder to sell a CB movie within the UK than outside of it. They've managed to sell a Captain America movie around the world (with the exception of Russia and South Korea, where they had to rename it "First Avenger"), so I don't think a Captain Britain film would necessarily be a harder sell internationally, particularly if they bigged up the Arthurian aspects of the character.
Harry Potter's been a worldwide phenomenon and there's going to be a resurgence of interest in fantasy/sword and sorcery when the first Hobbit film comes out later this year, so a fantasy - flavoured superhero could be jumping on two cinematic bandwagons that are currently popular. Worked for Thor, anyway.