2012-03-09 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh. Oh, man. I just had an idea.
What if in the New 52, after the accident Michael was sent to the hospital to tend to his wounds, gets put in a room, and his roommate is a strangely verile old man named Terry Sloane, this 80 year-old man with the body of a man in his 40s, and the two get to talking--Michael about what happened, and Terry about being in the same place and using his skills to help people as an adventurer (not super-hero) nick-named Mr. Terrific, which inspires Michael to follow in his footsteps.
Not only do you get just about the same origin with little problem, but you also do it in a way that nicely subverts the old
"magical negro" troupe.
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