Hi all! This is my first post. I've been searching the internet for a forum or community that would fit what I was looking for, and it looks like CBR just might be the place for me!
Any way, the reason for this post is because ever since I read the words, "Those Mormon heroes in Utah," in Civil War #6 my mind has raced with possibilities. As both an avid comic reader and a member of the LDS faith, this seemed like a fruitful intersection of concepts and I looked forward to seeing what more we might see of them. I'm sure it was just a throwaway line from the point of view of the writer but it sparked my imagination.
That was, what, six years ago? To my knowledge we have only seen a brief mention since then, and the Marvel timeline has long since moved on from the PR train wreck that was the 50-State Initiative, but still my heart wants to see The Called realized and explored to some degree. In such cases, and when time permits, my response is typically that when nobody will make it for you, just go ahead and make it yourself.
So that's my plan, to put together a webcomic centering around the Utah team and that particular timeframe of Marvel history. It's my hope that this thread can serve as a place where I can bounce ideas off of the community and get constructive feedback on the directions I'd like to take the story. I'm hoping to get a dialogue going from which thematic directions and story ideas can come, as well as (if anyone is interested) some collaboration on the project.
With that, there are a few points I'd like to open for discussion:
1. Mormon + Superheroes = ??? It's something that I've never really been able to put my finger on: why is it that the idea of superheroes of the LDS faith is so strange? I should point out that I'm not looking for glib or snarky responses but some insight into why this comes across as such an oxymoron. What is it about the culture that helps/hinders the superhero genre? More importantly, how can those conflicts and challenges be used within a story to create tension and drama? Why did Hank Pym et al. decide to go with a group of Mormon superheroes (of which there really aren't many) when others could have done the trick? Where did they find these heroes, or did they have to make them? I have my own thoughts about these ideas, but I want to hear your thoughts as well. What are topics so blindingly obvious to be treated in the story that they haven't already occurred to me yet?
2. The Canon. Due to my creative background, with projects of this nature I tend to adhere to official publications pretty strictly. In other words, if it happened in the comic books, and it has any bearing on a particular plot point or setting I'm exploring, then I want to recognize it. Whether that means folding the characters and their actions into previously established events or determining that their paths logically don't cross at a given point, I like to give some attention to that. So what major/minor events should I make sure not to forget as I begin this project?
3. What do you want to see? As I said, much of the impulse for this project comes from my own desires to see a fleshed out treatment of this largely ignored superhero team, but I also want to make it appealing for others to read as well. If I create stories that fall flat and aren't really worth reading (like so much fanfic out there) then why am I even bothering? It's an ambitious project, and I want to make sure that the images in my head are worth the time and effort it takes to translate onto paper. So what are tropes that you're dying to see, and would fit well in an Initiative team story? Or what's out there that you're sick of seeing over and over again, and would immediately turn you away from this webcomic? Let me know what ideas you have that would work great in this setting, and let's see if we can get this project off the ground!
Again, I want to stress that this isn't intended to start heated discussions about religion, politics, or anything else. The primary purpose here is to develop ideas for the webcomic, and if you're dying to talk about things that would distract from that, then there are other places to do it.
I hope I haven't scared anyone off with my enthusiasm, and I look forward to see who comes forward with some ideas and insights!
Edit: I forgot to mention to moderators that if this thread has a place it would better belong, feel free to move it.