The finale of "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" has aired; others have seen it but I have not, and I'm about to watch my recording of it. At this point, I feel I can speak more fully about the elimination of Major Victory. And it ain't gonna be pretty.
"Spider-Man helped me become an adult?" Huh. That would explain the continual tone of whining self-pity; where's the wisecracks?
"From the time I was five, I wanted to be a superhero."
"This is the culmination my entire life has been building toward."
"I'm living a dream come true."
"I've idolized Stan Lee and he's the man I looked up to since I was a kid."
YEESH! Get a room already, fanboy.
Sugar-coat it all you want, but Feedback's reasons for wanting to be the final contestant are entirely selfish. It's all about his childhood abandonment issues and his insecurities. Unlike Fat Momma and the Martyred Saint Major Victory, there is no motivation to reach out to others, no message in his story to inspire anyone else. Why should there be? It's all about Feedback wanting to feel better about himself. As a result of his self-centeredness, Feedback inspires no one. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the school visit. Major Victory engaged and entertainment; Fat Momma taught and inspired; Feedback just talked about himself. His greatest triumph was in the Prison Challenge which he won by ... being pathetic and talking about himself.
Actually, I take that back: Feedback did inspire: he inspired pity. Repeatedly. From Stan. From the Big Bad Prisoner/Actor. From Fat Momma. How bad is it when Fat Momma finds you pitiful?
Don't get me wrong; I don't dislike Feedback. He seems like a nice, sincere, yet functionally emotionally disturbed person. But I don't like him, and I don't really know anyone else who does either. I don't want a pitiful hero.
I'd read a comic with Major Victory or Fat Momma in it. Feedback #1? ZZZzzzzzzzz. What's it going to be; 22 pages of Feedback's inner monologue on abandonment as he fumbles with his gloves?
Feedback; you are tall, handsome, strong, intelligence, and you have a lovely wife in desperate need of tonsorial support. Feel good about yourself, stop seeking Daddy Stan's approval, go home where you belong and help your wife rebleach her hair.
On some level, I adore Fat Momma. She has a maternal quality most people enjoy. I can easily imagine hanging out with her and having fun, something I can't manage for all the other contestants. Can you imagine hanging out with Tyveculus or the Iron Enforcer? I mean, without a sling being involved?
But I seen her Evil and her Weakness, and they are not things I want in my superheroes. The bitter recriminations after Tyveculus was eliminated. The selfish begging that she not be eliminated during the Sacrifice Challenge. Her abandonment of the Villain Hunt to traipse around scarfing up other people's food. If you wanted to eliminate someone who didn't take being a superhero seriously enough, Stan, you should have chosen her instead of Major Victory.
Her usual message of self-acceptance is not a bad one. But there's not much of self-improvement in it, is there? And, as I've mentioned before many times in my "DC vs. Marvel" tirades, I don't want heroes who make me feel better about who I am (a la Marvel); I want heroes who inspire me to better myself (a la DC). I don't want heroes who view their abilities as burdensome responsibilities (a la Marvel) but as wonderful opportunities (a la DC). I don't want as my heroes Fat Momma and Feedback; I want Major Victory.
What cannot be said in praise of Major Victory? Well, truth be told, Stan's final criticism of Major Victory was not wrong. At times, I, too, was annoyed but Major Victory's tendency to spoil even his finest moments by being goofy. But is that a flaw in Major Victory ... or in me?
Major Victory never took himself seriously, but he always took the challenges seriously, conquering all of them and making it look easy in the process. His principal stumble was during the Secret Identity Challenge, where he succumbed a bit to vanity. I don't mind my heroes being a bit vain; they almost having to be to do their jobs. But I do mind their being self-centered ... like Fat Momma and Feedback.
I've been very impressed by Stan Lee during most of the shows. He acted as an avuncular yet firm enforcer of standard heroic values. But at the end, he showed his Marvel viewpoint by eliminating the one contestant who made being a superhero seem fun, the one who made others feels good; instead, he embraced the two who made being a superhero seem like a desperate personal need or burdensome obligation.