Comic 175 - Intermission: Regret Failure

25th Mar 2016, 9:30 AM in Intermission Spring 2016
Intermission: Regret Failure
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Space Jawa 25th Mar 2016, 9:30 AM edit delete
Today's intermission comic comes courtesy of Marvel's Ant-Man, so spoilers for that beyond this point - if you want to see that movie and you haven't done so yet, I recommend you go do so before proceeding further down. Don't worry, I'm sure this comic will still be here when you get back. And it's a good movie regardless, so I can recommend it either way. It's got an especially catchy main theme, if nothing else (don't worry, that links to the version posted by the themes actual composer).

[SPOILERS BELOW]

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Last chance to avert your unspoiled eyes.

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Ok, that everyone then?

So the story here is that near the end of the movie, when Ant-Man's (Scott Lang's) loyal and beloved companion Antony gets shot and killed by Darren Cross, Ant-Man gives this dramatic line of "You're going to regret that". Which is an understandable kind of thing to say and certainly sounds cool.

And yet, I can't help but doubt very much that the idea of "you know what, I really regret killing that ant right about now" ever once passed through Darren Crosse's mind before he died, except maybe in the context of regretting not killing Ant-Man instead. Which is probably not what Scott had in mind when he said that.

Which, for that matter, how often do heroes really make good on statements about making a villain regret a given act? I'm sure there are genuine examples out there, but I can't think of them off the top of my head, and I'd bet that they'd well outnumbered by the number of times that the only thing the Villain regrets is either not winning or becoming a villain in the first place.
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