(We open with Linkara on his futon rubbing his face in true disappointment and infuriation. He then looks at the camera)
Linkara: Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn. So, this one's been on the review pile for a while. Lots of requests for it. It took me awhile to find a copy that hadn't been torn to shreds by the people who read it.
Linkara (v/o): I feel pretty confident in saying that The Avengers is one of the best superhero movies ever made. Part of it is all the build-up of the individual character movies going in so all the characterization wasn't crammed together in one film, as told through a single viewpoint character who ended up being the whole focus on the franchise -- I'm looking at you Wolverine and the X-Men movies. But of course, there are still characters who should be in the movies and hopefully we'll see them in the coming years.
Linkara (v/o): One of whom is Miss Carol Danvers, AKA Miss Marvel, or Captain Marvel at the time of this video's release. Carol had been a supporting character in Captain Marvel and that's Marvel's Captain Marvel just to clarify.
Linkara: And before anyone says that I should just call him Shazam like he is currently in the DC Universe, that's also the name of the wizard who gave him his powers. Why do you think that it would make this all less complicated?
Linkara (v/o): Carol is a military officer, particular a jet pilot. She got her powers after an explosion from an alien device mixed some of the alien genetics of Captain Marvel into herself, granting her many of the same powers. In essence, she has become a Kree-human hybrid -- the Kree being and often-fought alien race in the Marvel Universe. She has enhanced strength, flight, a bit of psychic potential, mostly minor precognition, and energy absorption and projection. Carol has gone through several identities and costumes and, while I don't think any of them are bad, there have been lamer ones than others. She is probably most known for her one-piece outfit with the red sash and lightning bolt symbol. Though personally, I'm most fond of her current Captain Marvel costume. By the way, you can also thank Carol for the time when Rogue of the X-Men had super strength and flight, stolen from Carol when Rogue was a villain.
Linkara: Oh, didn't you know that? Rogue started as a villain. This has been another edition of (along with caption) "Comic History You Don't Care About But Need to Know in Order to Understand This." (caption disappears) Well, okay, you don't need to know this, but point is Carol Danvers: Super heroine, awesome. So, what's the deal today?
Linkara (v/o): Well, as I said, this story is kind of infamous, but people actually assume the whole thing is strictly contained in the pages of Avengers number 200 when it's not entirely. This story begins in Avengers number 199. The Scarlet Witch had taken a leave of absence from the team with Miss Marvel standing in for her. However, the Avengers return to their mansion after an adventure to find her, Donald Blake, --who you may recall as the human guise of Thor-- and Carol Danvers waiting for them, a very pregnant Carol Danvers. Naturally, The Avengers are a tad confused since they had seen her a few days ago and she was not pregnant at that point. Ahh, the mystical pregnancy, boon to lazy Sci-fi and fantasy writers who don't know what to do with their female characters. It's possible to get a good story out of it, but odds are good that, if you don't know what the hell you're doing, you'll get Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Child." (clips of said episode play) And yet today's comic kind of has many parallels to that one. We'll get to that later, but let's get back to the story. (Back to Avengers no. 199) So, Carol is pregnant and they want Donald Blake to perform some tests with the advanced equipment of the mansion. So, what's the immediate reaction here? Wasp, do you have anything to say?
Wasp: I think it's great! Gosh, a real baby!
Linkara:(as Wasp) As opposed to those fake babies I make out of paper mache.
Beast: Hey, if the kid needs a teddy bear, I'm available.
Linkara:(laughing uproariously) Oh, we're all so jovial about this completely impossible situation that doesn't affect us.
Linkara (v/o): Oh yeah, Beast of the X-Men was an Avenger during this time, just an FYI. The Scarlet Witch tells them that Carol insists that there's no father, which means they should be even more confused about this whole thing. But nope, let's all set around and have some coffee. The end of the issue is Donald Blake yelling that they have to come quickly because Carol has gone into labor. And "it's not like any kind of Labor I've ever seen!"
Linkara:(as Blake) And I've seen like 5 different kinds of Labor guys!
Linkara (v/o): So, what's going on? What is the story behind this?
Linkara: Well, let's dig into Avengers no. 200 and you'll see the horrible, terrible explanation.