|>Oh come the hell on.
>Spider-Man's schtick is to be the "everyman" superhero. Fast-aged children
>certainly work in his world, just like clones, gods, mutants, radioactive
>spiders or six-legged spider-insects can-- if they're properly established,
1) The kids are Norman's.
2) We know that Norman is the Green Goblin (properly established).
3) We know that the Green Goblin became that way because of the serum (properly
4) We know that the serum affected his biology (properly established)
5) We know that the serum gave him an accellerated healing capacity (properly
6) We know from the Marvel universe (and some measure of biology) that some
acquired traits can be passed on genetically to the next generation (properly
7) We know, from real life, that glitches in DNA can cause children to age
prematurely at a frightening rate. The disorder is called Hutchinson-Gilford
progeria syndrome (HGPS).
I quote from one of many reference sources:
"The disease, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) occurs
once in approximately 8 million births. It affects both sexes and all races."
"Children with HGPS appear to age at a rate that is 5 to 10 times the normal
"According to researchers, progeria is caused by a single-letter misspelling in
a gene on chromosome 1. They found 18 of 20 children with classic progeria had
the exact same misspelling in the Lamin A gene. Lamin A is a protein that is a
key component of the membrane that surrounds the cell's nucleus."
"The studies showed that almost half of the progeria patients cells had
misshapen nuclear membranes."
So this has been properly established IN THE REAL WORLD.
8) The healing factor (properly established) which was passed on to the kids
(simple genetics) is the only thing that has allowed them to survive even this
What part of this progression escapes you?
What part of this comes "out of the blue?" It's ALL either a logical extension
of continuity or of the real world.
Look...you can say you don't like it, that's one thing...but you *cannot* say
that it's not properly established, and you *cannot* say it is therefore by ANY
definition a cheat.
Saying it doesn't make it so.
Sorry. I *did* my homework.
Clearly, you didn't.
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