Disney Princesses in a Comic Book World


I was posed these questions this morning and thought I might answer them in blog format: 
  


 

Is Ariel related to Namor or Aquaman?

No, Ariel is quite clearly demonstrated as being a mermaid, whereas Namor and Aquaman are both humans.  Namor is a mutant and Aquaman is a human-Atlantean hybrid.  Atlanteans are just a branch of humanity to evolved differently though, so you can say he is fully human.   Ariel quite famously needed magic to be given legs so she is not human.      Anyway I think Ariel comes from Atlantica, not Atlantis.  

How does she hear people under water?

The simple answer is that Ariel doesn’t hear any people underwater.  Mermen, mermaids and talking crabs are another issue.  

Is she a mutant?

The first known mermaid stories come from the around 1000 BC.  As fictional beings the reasoning for their existence would not be such a refined concept as mutation but most likely probably magic.   The concept of human-animal hybrids throughout history (werewolves, centaurs) usually blames magic or divine meddling (also known as magic) for their conditions.  In some cases like lycanthropy, it is suggested that the cause is either genetic or because of a disease.    

Would Belle cheat on Beast with Beast? Would Beast cheat on Belle now that he could be exposed to a plethora of comic characters who aren't put off by a lot of fur and physical deformities?  

I don’t want to explain this one scientifically (though I could give it a shot).  I think that one of the staples of Disney movies though is a belief in true and undying love.  True and undying love are poorly defined concepts but what I think is a common characteristic of them is that they exist in perpetuity with the same amount of force as the first moment of affection and so any romantic cheating from either one would be highly unlikely.   The point of the story of Belle is that she is capable of seeing past someone’s outer appearance and seeing the beauty within.  Therefore if she had met Hank MCoy before the other Beast, chances are she would have seen that he is the noble and well intentioned character that he usually is.  Still I am not sure if the differences in culture could be overcome.  He is a 21 century mutant and a technological genius, she is a peasant girl from late Middle Ages France.  

How might they react and play off Emma Frost and Wonder Woman?

Snow White, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Jasmine and Tiana all come from more traditional eras.  This can be seen in their mode of dress (very little is revealing) and manner of speech.  The first reaction they might have to Emma and Diana is a disbelief at how they choose to portray themselves to the world, and might suggest a nice ankle length gown to both of them.  They would all probably respect Diana’s royalty though and would likely not ostracize her.  Emma Frost is not actually royalty despite at one point calling herself the White Queen.  The false attribution of royal title might offend some, others might not be concerned.  As to how they might play off them – most Disney princesses have been thrust into their heroic roles by forces beyond their control.  They did not aspire to a heroic life.   Diana and Emma on the other hand have purposefully set out to define themselves by what they can do with their powers.   So I think the Disney princesses would probably mostly stay out of people’s way, though they might become a United Nations envoy of peace or something.      
 


 

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Posted by xerox_kitty

Wow... who on Earth asked you those questions?  Was it on Formspring?  Someone has way too much time on their hands ;)

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@xerox-kitty said:

"Wow... who on Earth asked you those questions?  Was it on Formspring?  Someone has way too much time on their hands ;) "


my thoughts exactly 
 
oh, and Belle is the bomb.  she would never cheat on anyone.
Posted by joshmightbe

One things for sure Wolverine would hit on all of them but only after they married prince charming cause thats how he rolls

Posted by TheCrowbar

All I see here are more women to love Dick! Grayson that is.

Posted by sora_thekey

Huh? These questions seem totally out of place... If this was to use characters from Fables it would probably make more sense since the characters live in the 21st Century.

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Posted by RazzaTazz

Unfortunately I can't reveal the source of the questions, suffice it to say I hope they are well enough answered

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Posted by Rheged

Very fun blog post!
 
Though ... if Ariel is related to Neptune / Poseidon, she actually is distantly related to Namor as I believe the rulers of Atlantis are descended from Neptune.

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@RazzaTazz said:

"He is a 21 century mutant and a technological genius, she is a peasant girl from late Middle Ages France."

But she encouraged her father & always believed in him, even though everyone else in town thought of him as "crazy old Maurice".  Belle possibly would have found a well-read man like Hank McCoy attractive, and certainly more approachable at first then her own Beast... but ultimately she found her own prince charming & no-one can separate them (not even the Heartless or Nobodies ;) 
 
Although I still find it funny that this curse prince never had a name.  He was just 'Beast'.  When did she call him after he transformed back into a human??
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Posted by RazzaTazz
@xerox-kitty: Well seeing as Belle is French (she is French right?) then we have to assume that the whole movie was sort of translated.   With that having been said communication between the two would be nearly impossible (I dont think Hank speak French does he?)
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Posted by thehummingbird

haha...this was random, but I liked it I aspire to be tinkerbell at disney world one day xD Oh dreams...

Posted by Rheged
@xerox-kitty:   I'm sure Beast had a name.  But I also think Belle would probably call him Beast still.  If nothing else, as an affectionate nickname.  You know, like Pumpkin. ;)
 
@RazzaTazz: I think Hank knows several languages, including French.  That said, I don't think Belle would give up her Beast for Beast, err... Hank.
Posted by RazzaTazz
@thehummingbird: Technically Tinkerbell is a fairy not a princess, but close enough :)  Did you read my other blog?  Interested to get your opinion on it ... 
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Posted by thehummingbird
@RazzaTazz:  
 
well she is better because she can fly around and gets her on spot in the DIsney theme park >=[  haha. and no not yet I did not see it I will go check it out now...>.> I hope...
Posted by Metro_Man

Great thread... I will think about these questions and try to answer them.
Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows

The original questions are kinda silly, but since Marvel is under the Disney umbrella, I'd like to see maybe some movie poster parody variant covers.  Like Hank and Abigail done in the ball scene from the original Beauty and the Beast cover.

Posted by Kairan1979

I think they will consider Emma Frost the Evil Witch and Diana the Barbarian Princess.
 

As to how they might play off them – most Disney princesses have been thrust into their heroic roles by forces beyond their control.  They did not aspire to a heroic life.

Mulan is an exception to the rule. She deliberately decided to choose the warrior's way, risking a lot by pretending to be a man, she trained to become a warrior and in the end she saved the whole country.
Posted by COBRAMORPH

I could see Ariel being an ancestor of Lori Lemurus.

Posted by The Stegman

Well, Ariel and Jasmine aren't from the "classical era" they are the new generation or second generation heroines, instead of being passive, quiet, reserved and soft spoken like Briar Rose, Cinderella and Snow white, Jasmine and Ariel are adventurous, fun, independent and not afraid to stand up to men...so I think they would love Wonder woman and...*sigh* maybe tolerate Emma.

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

If they were put in a comic book world Ariel would end up in a refrigerator and half of their origins would have to be retconed to include being raped at one time or another. Leave them in the Magic Kingdom where they are safe.

Posted by The Stegman
@Brazen_Intellect:  

  If they were put in a comic book world Ariel would end up in a refrigerator and half of their origins would have to be retconed to include being raped at one time or another. Leave them in the Magic Kingdom where they are safe.  



 
 
this series proves otherwise.
Posted by Nova`Prime`

@RazzaTazz: I know this was posted over a year ago, but Namor is also a Human-Atlantean hybrid... his father was human his mother was atlantean. Just nitpicking.