What Should Happen To Captured Super Villains?
Have you ever wondered what happens when villains are captured? What happens when they are captured and why do they tend to break out and get recaptured after their initial defeat? It seems that villains tend to break out and cause havoc again and again in comic book series’ and in Suicide Squad’s case, they tend to be drafted by the government and turned into a superhero squad that saves the world. What does this mean for villains and can they change faces and become anew when they were just a villain killing people two days before that?
The basis of comics and where they should go after they are captured is a difficult question to ponder. Because, for one, the creators would have to create and come up with all new villains on a yearly basis in order to suffice for the killed / older villains that have already been killed off. Loki after being captured the first time would have been killed or his powers would have been taken away – thus would have resulted in a new superhero needing to be made. The cycle would continue. It saves the writers a lot of time, even though the generation of renewing superheroes and villains is coming to a halt. It’s becoming repetitious that we do not have any new superheroes or villains being made throughout the Marvel and DC spectrum. Villains like the Joker and HYDRA villains that were supposed to be dead a long time ago, but are still alive – are some of the few that are being reused throughout the universe. Why not create more?
But, what should happen to these villains that are being captured? Should they be killed off? Should they be tormented? Should they be held captive for the rest of their lives? That is where we are in the comic book community, and these are questions left for the comic book community to ponder. Are these villains so poorly held captive that they escape for the sake of another series that we are longing for. Is the government taking these mercenaries and villains getting old just to make them good guys? Will they ever actually be good guys or is that a myth? It would depend on the villain and if they would want to change in the long run.
Scenarios of Captured Super Villains
Killing them? Being more in-depth in this scenario would result into new villains being made. But, would that mean that superheroes or the government or S.H.I.E.L.D would be killing innocent people? Although, villains are bad people and have killed previously what makes them worth being killed? In the standpoint of the USA, what makes bad guys get death row? Exactly. Think about it in that sense, since comic book are so closely related to reality in some aspects. That would mean a ton of people are being killed because they were a villain. Which would result in less and less people and the world would be too sane. The reason that superheroes have jobs is because these specific villains keep breaking out and keep causing havoc, which then you would have to capture them again. Everyone loves seeing familiar faces, especially from villains.
Capturing and being held captive in the middle of nowhere forever? It could work. Superheroes and places like S.H.I.E.L.D have been known to have secret places where they keep villains captive for a long time. They end up breaking out, but that causes Marvel or DC to have them on the backburner until they need them again. Not a bad idea. But, who is keeping an eye on these villains and most of them are completely persuasive and can persuade anyone – so, what if a guard is persuaded and then lets them out based on that? Because they were persuaded by the villain. Villains still have superpowers, no matter what they may be in the long run, so how do they stop that? I know there’s a way, but for how long?
Stripping them of their powers and setting them free? Maybe. They would find a way to get their powers back I am sure, though. In a matter of time they would figure it out and it would be hell all over again in the Marvel or DC universe. And, this one could only be used if the villain was extremely unsafe and caused harm to everyone it came in contact with. I am not sure it would be for villains such as Aldrich Killian who just wanted revenge on Iron Man and that was it. Most of the villains in the universes only want revenge on one person and that is the person that did them wrong. Can you blame them in that instance? Can you blame them for wanting to get revenge in the only way they know how?
Turning them into a superhero to rectify their past villainry. I’m sure this has been of some use in the universes in the past – and, it may have worked for a little bit. But, a villain is always a villain. Like Bucky Barnes, you start to remember who you are and what you are after you come in contact with your past, no matter how hard you try and forget it comes back. You cannot alter someone’s brain to the point of mush, or else they are useless to everyone and everything.
Then it would also depend on what they are going to jail for, right? I mean what if they are in it for momentary gain and that is their end game? Should they get more time and be captured for life, or even stripped of their powers. On the other hand, what if it was for revenge? What would happen then? Would they get less time in jail?
Should Something REALLY Happen to Captured Super Villains?
Out of all the scenarios, the option does not seem like something that could happen in the near future. It would cause too much work and way too much concentration on writers for one character and one series at a time. You would also have issues with creating new villains every year because you would have kill off the others. The use of villains coming back and reeking havoc causes for a good use of storyline and even then if it’s a villain that is popular it works out for the reader. There are some villains that do die in the line of trying to get revenge, but that was not because someone killed them. They died because of circumstances that happened that they could not control – such as, a building falling on them. Even a superhero cannot control that most of the time because they do not know what / it is coming.
For now, villains are captured just fine – but, in the future, the result of villains getting captured in this way is getting old and repetitious they should figure out a new way to work something out. A logical way that the reader will believe and which gives them the ability to have new villains every few years or so. I.E. Villains dying, but passing the burden onto an apprentice and etc. But, even so, after they are captured – the series would end. There would be no series with that specific villain due to they are captured and put in jail.
That leaves the question of what is going to happen to Wilson Fisk in season three of Daredevil, he is incarcerated – but, in a matter of time, his guys are going to bail him out. What happens at that moment when they do? Will he just go free again and everything will turn to chaos so Daredevil can fight him yet again? Or, will he stay incarcerated? But, what will happen to the plot of the story? It would not go anywhere because Wilson Fisk would be in jail for a long time comin’. What should happen to Wilson Fisk? What should happen?
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