Margaret Rae

Maggie LangWithout any comicbook-based tv show on air or requests, I upload the blog less often than usual these days…luckily enough there are trailers! In the last Ant-Man father’s-day-inspired trailer, we got our first glimpse of another character, the protagonist’s ex-wife Maggie Lang, portrayed by Judy Greer. In the movie, she has obtained divorce from Scott Lang and she now lives with her new husband, a guy named Paxton, and she doesn’t exactly have good memories of her first marriage. In the comics, her name is Margaret as well, but her nickname is Peggy rather than Maggie (they changed it to avoid confusion with Peggy Carter, who’s also appearing in the movie); she is Scott’s ex-wife, but she didn’t marry any Paxton, there was another guy in her life. Let’s see together.

Margaret “Peggy” Rae was born in New York City, and as a young girl she met Scott Lang, an over-the-top guy she fell in love with. The two began a relationship, and Peggy was fascinated by Scott’s adventurous life and by his rebellious attitude. Challenging her parents’ will, Peggy even married Scott, and the two lived together in New York. However, what thrilled and charmed Peggy as a girlfriend only made her worried and scared as a wife: Scott in fact was more often than not involved in criminal activities, and his abilities as a thief and as a conman always put him in trouble with the law. When Peggy got pregnant, she hoped that as a father Scott would have changed perspective peggyraecomics1and, eventually, even life, but her expectations were destined to be disappointed: not only Lang didn’t even try to walk the line, but he even ended up in jail because of it, leaving his wife alone. Peggy gave birth to a baby daughter, Cassie, and raised her as a single mother; she decided she would have waited for Scott to come out of jail, once again believing to his promises as he said he would have changed his life for his daughter’s sake. Peggy did want to trust her husband, but she couldn’t help having doubts on his intentions, and things became even more difficult for her the moment she met a gentle (and honest!) policeman, Blake Burdick, who helped her with Cassie during the time Scott was imprisoned. Before she even realised it, Peggy had fallen in love with Blake, and when Scott came out of jail clearly intentioned to resume his old life, she finally found the strength and will to break up with him. Not much time later, Peggy Rae got married again with Blake Burdick, and Scott was only allowed to see Cassie once a month.

Losing everything and everyone important in his life actually managed to prompt Scott to the life-change he had promised for years, but it was too late, as Peggy had now a new life of her own with Blake. When Cassie’s heart started failing, it was Scott who saved her life by stealing from superhero Hank Pym his Ant-Man suit and using it for rescuing the only doctor in the country able to save Cassie, but this didn’t change much in his relationship with his ex-wife. Peggy and Blake were happy together, and despite the woman actually recognised (and apreciated) Scott’s attempt to be a good and honest man, she found she didn’t have room in her life for him anymore. Trying to earn his daughter’s love (as if he needed to…), Scott chose to become the new Ant-Man, and started a life as a superhero, but peggyraecomics2as Cassie grew up idolizing her father, Peggy realised the dangers of such a behavior…not many years later, in fact, Scott was killed in action by an unhinged teammate, the Scarlet Witch, and Cassie decided to follow his footsteps to honor him, much to her mother’s and step-father’s horror. Despite strongly opposing Cassie’s choice, Peggy couldn’t do anything to prevent her from becoming the heroine Stature, and she constantly lived in fear of seeing her ending up like Scott. Eventually, she was proven right, as just as Scott Lang came back from the dead, Cassie was killed in battle by Doctor Doom: from that moment, Peggy embraced a rigid ant-superheroes perspective, believing that it was that kind of world, full of selfish megalomaniac in fancy costumes, that had caused her beloved daughter’s dead. As many others before her, however, Cassie didn’t stay dead for long, as a reformed Doctor Doom decided to make amend for his crimes by resurrecting his latest victim, Stature. Cassie Lang came back to her mother’s place, and as a first thing Peggy forced her to move from New York to Miami with her and Blake, so that it would have been easier for her to start a new life far away from her super-friends. Maybe, this time, Peggy would have managed to keep her daughter safe. Just maybe.

Peggy Rae tries her best to be a good mother for Cassie, while all around her the world tries to put her daughter to deadly risk. Along with her husband Blake, she deeply despises and condemns the superhero community, especially because of her direct experience with one of them, Ant-Man, her irresponsible ex-husband whose footsteps her daughter ended up following. Strong-willed and determined, Peggy just learnt that her daughter is just as tough a cookie as she is…not exactly the best premises for a peaceful new life.

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Heath

HeathWelcome back everybody, it’s been a while! The first photo from the upcoming sixth season of The Walking Dead has been released, and we also get our first look at one of the new characters! At first, this new season regular was named Delvin for the casting call, but now that Corey Hawkins has been chosen for portraying him, he’s been fully revealed as Heath. We don’t know much of his role in the show, apart from the fact that he’ll be a cynical man who despises any other human being, blaming nearly anyone for the current situation. In the comics, he’s a well-known and established character, who’s been featured among the protagonists for quite a lot of time. Let’s see together who the original Heath is.

As for many characters in the series, nearly nothing is known about Heath’s life prior to the Outbreak, even if he most likely lived in Alexandria or close to the city. Following the epidemic that transformed most of the world population in flesh-eating zombies, Heath joined a small group led by Douglas Monroe, a former Congressman: along with Douglas and his family, the group was composed of Aaron, Olivia and Tobin. Despite not being numerous nor strong, the group managed to survive, and Douglas was invited by his old friend Alexander Davidson to join him into a fenced suburb, a true oasis in the desert that would have become the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Being the only safe place in the country, the Safe-Zone started welcoming more and more people, and the community encreased in number…and in heathcomics1necessitites. When Douglas became the new leader, after Davidson was exiled for his abuse of power, the various members of the community were assigned with particular tasks, and Heath received his as well: because of his survival skills and his street-smartness, Douglas chose him as the community’s supply runner, tasked with searching the now zombie-crowded “old world” in search for food, medicines, weapons and ammunitions, and everything else people from Alexandria could need from time to time. The other supply runner along with Heath was his best friend, Scott, a man Heath had met in the midst of apocalypse and who he went along well with. Douglas’ choice proved to be the right one, as Heath and Scott were more than up to the task and provided the group with all the necessary things they couldn’t produce by themselves, such as antibiotics. Everything went smoothly until the day of the “accident”: while scouting Washington D.C.‘s ruins, Heath and Scott found themselves surrounded by a herd of walkers and, trying, to escape, Scott fell and broke his leg. Heath shot a signal flare to ask for help to anybody who was nearby…but the help that came wasn’t exactly the one he was expecting.

Heath was soon reached by Aaron, who was out on a recruiting mission, but also by two strangers, Rick Grimes and Abraham Ford, two men from the group Aaron was following. The four men fought the walkers away from Scott in the effort of saving him, and they were eventually rescued by the Safe-Zone’s construction crew led by Tobin, making it back to the community…along with Rick and his entire, big group. During the road back home, Heath managed to know a little the people from the new group, and started to like them, but he felt a little uneasy with their leader, Rick; that same evening, he tried to tell Douglas, who had allowed the new group to stay, to be careful of Rick, since he could become another Davidson, but Douglas reacted violently, forbidding him to name his former friend ever heathcomics2again. From that moment, although concerned for Rick’s growing power in the community, Heath preferred to spend his time in the clinic, taking care of Scott, whose broken leg was causing a massive fever. During his time in the infirmary, Heath also deepened his friendship with one of the community’s doctors, Denise Cloyd, and the relation between them grew to become something more than a simple friendship. In the meanwhile, however, Scott’s conditions grew worse, and Heath volunteered to pursue the medicines Denise needed to allow his survival. Since he didn’t want one of his best men (and friends) to go out alone, Douglas decided to replace Scott with someone from Rick’s group, specifically Glenn, a young man Heath liked. During their trip to Washigton, Heath taught Glenn much of the supply runner’s “job”, despite Glenn had some experience on his own; he even saved Glenn’s life a couple of times, the first one when the young man nearly fell from a highway, and the second from a hidden walker. In order to save Glenn, however, Heath had to shoot a couple of times, thus alerting a hostile group nearby, the Scavengers: while the two suppliers rushed back to the safe zone, the Scavengers followed them without Heath or Glenn knowing it. Unfortunately, they were too late, and Scott died for the infection. There was little time to mourn his friend, however: the Scavengers were coming…

Heath is a resourceful and smart man, able to come out even from the most desperate situations thanks to an unborn inventiveness. At first distrustful towards Rick Grimes, he’s become with time one of his most loyal supporters and trusted allies, to the point that he fought Nicholas and his followers when they tried an uprising. After the deaths of his friends Scott and Glenn, and of his girlfriend Denise, Heath seemes to have sadly embraced his “destiny” of solitude…but not if Michonne has something to say about it.