It’s April Fool’s Day, which we will celebrate as always with the fourth segment in our yearly 12-part series, What’s On Ronnie’s Calendars. As mentioned a few days ago, I now have a copy of the official 2012 Women of Marvel Calendar, which I will now add to the show. I will continue with my unofficial Women of Marvel Calendar because I don’t quit making up fake calendars in mid-stream.
As mentioned last month, Marvel’s big event for the spring/summer is “Avengers vs. X-Men,” so once again they’re promoting it in my freebie Marvel calendar.
You may be asking, “Why would the Avengers and the X-Men fight? Aren’t they on the same side?” Well, yes, but superheroes fighting each other is a tale as old as time. Especially if there’s money to be made.
I’m of two minds about Mystique. I hate the comic book version but I rather like the movie version.
Comic book Mystique is pure evil but since she’s somewhat popular Marvel occasionally tries to excuse her past of murder and mayhem and lets her run around with the X-Men (see also: Magneto, Juggernaut, Sabretooth) and I don’t approve. Movie Mystique is more sympathetic, at least the Jennifer Lawrence version.
For my personal entry in the unofficial Women of Marvel Calendar I decided to get away from the whole Avengers/X-Men thing for a bit. It’s hard to find women in Marvel who aren’t Avengers/X-Men affiliated so I went with Melissa Gold, founding member and mainstay of the Thunderbolts.
Melissa began her super career as the villainous Screaming Mimi. With help from comic-book-tech, her voice can create solid objects of sound — kind of a mix between Siryn and Green Lantern.
In the ’90s Melissa changed her name and look and accepted Baron Zemo’s invitation to join the Thunderbolts, a team of super villains who were pretending to be super heroes. The scam went south and Hawkeye took over the group and tried to turn them into legitimate heroes. The group has gone through a variety of changes over the years but Songbird has continued to be the heart and conscience of the team.
Songbird appeared as a future Avenger in the “Avengers Forever” mini-series but that future hasn’t come to pass in the regular Marvel Universe and who knows if it ever will.