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The new video from THINKAboutTheINK features an interview by Grace Randolph with the Man of Action. When asked about the Ultimate Spiderman and the controversial changes that they made with the character and other things and the fact that a lot of people on the internet hated that show. The Man of Action simply deflected the question by stating, "A kid show for kids, that some adults don't like, that. Hard to wrap your head on that one." Implying that criticizing their show is childish and stupid. I'd like to point out that "some" implies that they believe only few adults/adolescents don't like the show. This reminds me on how the media kept on pushing the idea that all of the Mass Effect fans that hated the ending of ME3 are in the minority and are only a bunch of whiners who didn't get what they wanted but the truth is majority of fans hated the ending (and eventually got a better, not great, ending). They also stated,"I'm gonna tell you this straight, there's a lot of vocal people in the internet but we have nothing but compliments here." later adding, "I don't meet the people who don't like it, except on the internet." It seems Man of Action believes, or want people to believe, that the "haters" from the internet are the minority (just like what EA/Bioware wanted people to believe at first) despite the fact that the internet is place where feedback from fans can be heard and if their feedback is negative then the show must be bad. I've been a big fan of Man of Action since I first saw the first Ben 10 episode and continued to be fan with Generator Rex but I got to admit watching Ultimate Spiderman feels like watching Spongebob (including the sensation of slowly feeling your brain melt) and that Ben 10 got less interesting after the second season. Even if the show is intended for kids the Man of Action should also cater to the poor adult babysitter who has to stay and watch it with the kids or the teens that want to watch some cartoons or to the college age people (like me) who still love super heroes and shows that doesn't necessary have to be the standard adult show (we also get tired of Adultswim cartoons and animes). If you disagree, then ask yourselves these questions. Why is Adventure Time, Legend of Korra and Young Justice more beloved than the Ultimate Spiderman? Why are animes so popular? (Even though a lot of them suck IMHO) It's because a kid, a teenager, and an adult can watch these shows and all of them would have a different view on what's happening on screen.
A kid wouldn't get the masturbation joke hidden inside Season 3 episode 5b of Adventure Time or the implied lesbian relations between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline. (Depending on the parent, this statement may not be true.) Adults are the ones that buys the DVD releases of shows like this and if adults, or at least teenagers, aren't being catered by the show the DVD sales would fall only to those parents who wants to make their whining kids shut up in Wal-Mart. They'd miss the potential market of teenagers and young adults completely. I personally bought the Young Justice: Season One - Volumes 1, 2 & 3 and the Marvel Anime: X-Men - Complete Series and I'm planning on getting the Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets and the Adventure Time: Complete First Season when I get the chance. (Though Anime X-Men is sub par compared to Young Justice) Implying that people who criticizes a cartoon they made as childish and saying that the cartoon is for children and anyone older than that shouldn't watch it is failing to see the bigger picture.