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Friday, September 04, 2020 

Daredevil's history altered with a twin brother

The ludicrous Polygon site sugarcoated some steps Marvel's taken with the Man Without Fear, in a direction reminiscent of where they went with Iron Man several years back, and more recently, with a character named Voyager in the Avengers. It's now the story in a new DD annual (yup, they still put out annuals, even though they've become awfully expensive with less entertainment value these days):
Mike Murdock began as a lie Matt Murdock would tell to keep people from knowing he was really the superhero Daredevil. He would pose as his own twin brother in order to evade scrutiny as Matt, eventually going so far as to stage “Mike’s death.”

Then, in an accident of super powers a few years ago, a living, fully adult Mike Murdock was created, with full awareness that he was an accidental human copy of a flimsy lie. But this week, in a Daredevil comic, Mike Murdock used cosmic shenanigans to become Matt’s real twin brother.

So Daredevil has a real twin brother now. [...]

Like a kind of superhero Pinocchio, Mike Murdock’s story is about lies, and wanting to be a real boy. So he stole an Asgardian artifact and a book of magic and put the two together to retroactively create his own life as Matt Murdock’s scrappy brother who was also raised by Battlin’ Jack Murdock. Daredevil Annual #1 lays out a whole new backstory, where Mike was around for the accident that caused Matt’s blindness, and where Matt went off to college and a law degree while Mike stayed in the neighborhood and started hustling for supervillains.

And his best friend and partner in crime is ... Wilson Fisk’s son?
While DD always had connections with science fiction (foremost being his heightened senses and radar vision, of course), and never strayed far from it, this sounds awfully contrived and going much too far, yet nothing new coming from the hack writers working for Marvel today who can't think of anything thoughtful, so they deconstruct past character renditions in a frantic attempt to create "interest". Worst, this retcon could end up sticking around like mud for as long as Marvel is still in business, just as the Tony Stark retcons introducing a stepbrother named Arno have lasted till this point.

There have been moments in past fiction where the "evil twin" plot's been put to good use, but the way Marvel's been going about it so forcibly, it's just embarrassing.

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