Sep 29, 2021

Episode 84: The Department of Special Affairs (X-Men #2) -- November 1963

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Edward Nevraumont
What if... the Marvel Universe was real? In 1961 the Fantastic Four revealed themselves to the world and everything changed. Mike and Ed discuss the in-universe implications of super powers, aliens, monsters and more. From how Avenger Insurance will pay for Thor's property damage to why Spider-man needs a new PR agency, its comic books discussions in a whole new way. Every issue covered in the Marvel Universe from the very beginning. Full backstory on every episode with transcripts at
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss how the X-Men have become famous celebrities, just like the Fantastic Four; what the best super power would be; and the definition of super-powered terrorism (is it the actions or the goal that make it a terrorist act?) Is the Department of Special Affairs part of the military, or does it report to the Departments of Justice or National Intelligence? Also, what do we do with super-terrorists when they are incapacitated? We do not have the jails that can hold them, or technology to neutralize their powers. Are they sedated, and if so, how can the government engage in such unethical treatment of these people?

In this issue:

The X-Men are sought after celebrities, beloved the world over. Surely this will never change. In any event, they have a new assignment from Professor X, which is to capture the Vanisher, a mutant who has the ability to teleport. The Vanisher is using his abilities to rob banks in a garish costume. He announces his intention to rob the Pentagon, which leads to much consternation. FBI Special Agent Fred Duncan reaches out to Professor X to ask him for help in preventing the Vanisher from carrying out his threat. The X-Men are sent into the field but are unable to capture the man who can disappear at will. The next time they meet is on the lawn of the White House - the X-Men versus the Vanisher and a veritable army of thugs. Before they can engage, Professor X uses his incredible telepathic powers to get the Vanisher to forget that he can teleport, and then forget who he is, leaving the X-Men to take down the thugs, which they do with ease.

Assumed before the next episode:

People breathe a sigh of relief that the Vanisher has been dealt with, although the conscientious among them wonder what became of him.

This episode takes place:

After the thugs have been cleared off the White House lawn.