Franklin Richard's True Powers In Marvel | Comics Explained


Franklin Richard's True Powers In Marvel | Comics Explained

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Franklin Richard’s True Powers In Marvel | Comics Explained

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  1. Franklin is often used as a Jesus type figure to redeem and restore the Marvel Universe. I prefer him not being a mutant in that regard- as someone represents all of humanity, not just a branch of it.

  2. Maybe Franklin is subconsciously “writing himself out” bc of all the claptrap that comes with being a cosmic reality warped like him and Wanda. Maybe he is dimly aware that Wanda also wrote herself out and is trying to avoid all the suffering he’d potentially cause as an X-Man.

    If Marvel accepts my pitch for a middle eastern woman descended from Djinn that is also a reality warper called Wisher, then maybe it means they’re just trying to cut down on the number of nigh omnipotent white men in their books.

  3. Seems we have the Shrodinger's cat paradox happening here with Franklin. It seems that Franklin is part of a Quantum entanglement where he's both a mutant/and not a mutant due to his ability to warp reality, like the observer affecting the state of the cat in the box but even further he is the cat and the observer at the same time. Mind blown!

  4. It's garbage! In biology, and especially genetics, a mutant is an organism or a new genetic character arising or resulting from an instance of mutation. How does Franklin siphon off cosmic energy from his mom if he is not at some level already a mutation (unlike his parents who are mutates)?

  5. Wait! So if Franklin's a mutant only because he wants to be, and can make himself resemble a mutant on a genetic level (in other words, a mutant), does that mean he could just make every mutant derive their powers from something other than a mutation and simultaneously wipe out the mutants entirely? The only thing that consistently keeps the rag-tag medley of mutants together is the fact that they share a mcGuffin, after all.

  6. I agree Marvel never did anything with his mutant status but I really wish they did. I have not read much FF but I never saw them in any of the "mutants go to Washington" civil right issues of X-men.

  7. What if Franklin doesnt have his powers because Reeds device didnt work the it was intended too? What if instead of shutting off the x-gene, it repressed franklins powers in such a way that he couldn't alter reality to make himself have said gene?

  8. I feel like them retconning hiim as a mutant (or not) would be similar to if suddenly they decided Miles Morales was white now. It's not "really" important to the story, he'd still be Spider-man and could do cool stuff, but now he's white.

    People care about mutants because of what they represent, they were created as a commentary on discrimination against LGBTQ+ people…. and that still matters today


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