I've always understood that Elektra was supposed to be superior. I like Black Widow more as a character though.
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I'm not opposed to some time being spent on the origin, but it shouldn't be an origin movie like Batman Begins was. Otherwise it'll essentially make the same mistake that The Amazing Spider-Man did, which felt very redundant.
I think the movie will get a 90% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes and make more money at the box office than Iron Man 3. WB will be back in the game and more nonsense JLA rumors will swirl. More Nolan butt-kissing will commence, and even though he's only the producer on this one, it will likely be justified.
I'm really excited for this. I started reading comis because of the convenience of Comixology and the DC universe reboot of the New 52, and The Flash is easily one of my high points every month. Whereever things may go, as long as DC is running (harharhar) with this creative team, I'm definitely on board.
Got back into comics for pretty much the same reasons. Love The Flash. It is artistically one of the strongest books out there right now.
I'm going to start this off with providing the official response. Then I'm going to give my own response. This is a topic where the answer you get will often vary depending on the Mormon you're talking to. Many of us don't fully understand it, and I don't purport to be an expert on it either. Indeed, how could we be when the church hasn't sanctioned it for well over a hundred years (since 1890)?
President Gordon B. Hinckley, prior president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the following statement in 1998 about the Church’s position on plural marriage:
“This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church.... If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church.”
At various times, the Lord has commanded His people to practice plural marriage. For example, He gave this command to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon (Doctrine and Covenants 132:1). At other times the Lord has given other instructions. In the Book of Mormon, the Lord told the prophet Jacob “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none... for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things (Jacob 2:27-30).
In this dispensation, the Lord commanded some of the early Saints to practice plural marriage. The Prophet Joseph Smith and those closest to him, including Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, were challenged by this command, but they obeyed it. Church leaders regulated the practice. Those entering into it had to be authorized to do so, and the marriages had to be performed through the sealing power of the priesthood. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1).
The Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel (see Encyclopedia of Mormonism Vol. 3, pp. 1091-1095).
Polygamy can be a difficult concept to grasp, but I still think anyone curious about Mormonism should take a look at it. Indeed, it's part of our history. I think the above response provides some of the basic rational, but in my humble opinion it still doesn't fully answer the question why. I think a lot of people have a difficult time looking at the practice without coming up with images of Warren Jeffs or the robotic personalities from that Texas compound who appeared on CNN. Again, why would God command someone to take on multiple wives?
Honestly, I can only speculate that it's a reflection of a heavenly law of which we don't fully understand. It is difficult to have a strong belief in a practice that you've never had to engage in. There's certainly biblical backing to support the practice, but that doesn't help us in the modern context if we're not actually engaged in it. As we've heard many times, God's ways aren't the ways of man. What's politically correct, isn't necessarily something the scriptures seem too concerned about. Joseph Smith once said that "a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." Nothing Joseph introduced while he was alive put the Church or his own reputation in greater jeopardy than polygamy.
Time will tell whether polygamy is ever reintroduced within the Church. I'd be surprised if it happened during my lifetime. If gays are allowed to legally marry (like I think they should), then I think it's only natural that polygamists would be afforded that same right under the law (assuming we're discussing consenting adults).
@reignmaker: The point was that family oriented does not automatically limit sells. The Incredibles was an awesome movie that kids enjoyed as well as adults. The fact is that the movie has incredible crossover with the comics demographic. The same people who would call Fantastic Four boring would watch The Incredibles at about a 80% ratio. The fact that The Incredibles was based on The Fantastic Four model makes it even more ironic.
Yes, I agree with you that many comic fans liked The Incredibles (even though I recognize your ratio is a guesstimate). But I still think you're comparing apples to oranges. We're talking about why the Fantastic Four comic book isn't as popular as other hero books. Show me a family friendly comic book that's a bestseller, and your argument will be stronger. People don't want to read an Incredibles comic book in their spare time. It would do just as bad as FF, if not worse.
We're not just talking about right now either, since the '80s readers have been purchasing darker comics with more edgy themes. These books make up most of the current market. I don't agree with the majority's taste, but that's the reality. Family friendly, bubble-filled adventures don't sell as well the current comic book market. And the numbers have backed that up. If family books did do well, DC and Marvel would be pumping out more. They're not. They're making more mutant and batman comics.