Well, your last statement is probably true, to some extent. Yet, I suspect that significant portions of them do actually believe all the irrational things they are saying.I've browsed the various threads for this week's AvX / WATXM / Avengers books, but my gods I'm not even thinking of posting. I am genuinely surprised by the amount of people seemingly wilfully misreading the books, taking them way out of context, ignoring what's actually on the page (especially dialogue) or just reading in massively broad strokes that simply aren't there.
The only thing I can equate it to is coming out of seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark and the people around you are going on about "how that Jones bloke was an evil tomb-robber who pissed on the graves of the dead (that one scene where he openly masturbated into the Ark!) and murdered all those nice young men in uniform".
It makes no sense. I'd call troll, but that would mean that a scary proportion of the people on the CBR boards are trolls.
Only one thing left to do...