Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

One for ecocomics, maybe

I watched about half of "Fantastic Four" last night, since it's on HD video-on-demand. Free is almost cheap enough. I'd already watched the sequel so I knew what I was getting into.

Here's the thing though: Dr. Von Doom goes bad because... he's turning into metal? Susan doesn't love him? No, it's because his bank cancels his IPO.


Why would the billionaire head of a thriving aerospace company need to make an IPO? (Isn't private equity more in keeping with the whole supervillain thing anyway?)

Why would a single accident in space which killed nobody nor caused any destruction of any capital assets scare off a bank which was poised to make millions in underwriting fees?

For that matter, why are science-fictional and superhero corporations *always* engaged in risky, bet-the-business secret projects? Most large companies (but not all) have multiple revenue streams and lack this monomaniacal focus. Given that the shuttle and space station already existed, it's not like von Doom industries made a large capital outlay on Reed's research--- why isn't the rest of the business still worth something?
Tags: comics, economics, movies, science fiction
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