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Jan 17, 2019 6:36 PM
we don't want to wait a year to see how Marvel fixes this
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"....so why would he do it?"

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"Because he is some combination of wrong and evil, I guess? I don't think he has Melkor's exact motivations but for most immediate purposes the differences are immaterial."

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"That's too bad."

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"I assume if there were a way to talk him out of it Strange would have seen it."

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"I mean, not necessarily, fourteen million is a lot but it's fewer than there are combinations of two words in a single language. Fourteen million is not a dictionary attack. But it probably does mean Strange's first hundred tries and the first hundred tries of anyone he could talk into attempting it didn't work."

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"And probably he thought of talking to the rocks. Since he had one and knew what they're like."

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"I'm not sure he did know what they're like, actually. If his had a good relationship with him he really shouldn't have needed to sit through fourteen million iterations - he sounds like a smart, determined sort who could have expended much less effort getting a good result out of a friendly time stone. So it seems likely that he was in some intermediate state where it consented to being used but wasn't on speaking terms or anything like."

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She bites her lip. "I - don't know if 'talk to the rocks' would be in the first fourteen million things I'd try if I thought they were rocks. Maybe it's that easy."

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"I mean, maybe he thought of it and grievously offended the Mind Stone and had the possibility erased form his brain, we don't know what his search algorithm was."

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"Not that I mind, but I think you guys are worse than my parents at enjoying a break."

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"I normally party pretty hard! It's the everyone-being-dead."

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"I was enjoying a break when I got flung here! I was tromping through a field of awesome giant mushrooms which turn out to have really inconvenient teleportation-based defense mechanisms!"

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"I believe you but that sounds very ridiculous."

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(Carol catches a starfish and holds it in her hands, quietly awed.)

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"All the superpowers that've cropped up are a little ridiculous, really. We're the only ones who've figured out how to replicate it and they're all - people getting bitten by spiders or exposed to radiation or - Carol what was your thing -"

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"Oh, uh, mine don't make sense either. There was an explosion of some alien tech, and there was a star, and honestly I don't remember the whole thing very clearly..."

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"I looked into this once because I was curious why S.H.I.E.L.D. hadn't figured out how to make any of their heroes elected or appointed positions. There are a lot of people with more minor super abilities, too, mostly caused by industrial accidents even though really nothing about that makes sense."

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"Ours are a benefit that come with well-vetted government jobs!"

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"More reasonable, but a lot less exciting."

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She pulls a shell out of the sand with her toes and starts polishing it. "Are all the rest of them dead, or just not useful for this fight."

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"Not useful for this. Most of them are squishy."

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"Plus some dead."

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"Yeah, that's fair, lotta dead."

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"BE FREE," Carol yells, flinging her starfish a good quarter mile out to sea.

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"...that can't be good for them."

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