So my post was getting way too long but I’m still thinking a lot about this story:
And I’m just imagining a scene where Jason goes off.
And he goes to a junkyard and he just starts smashing everything. And eventually he starts a fire and it quickly spreads but he doesn’t care because he’s just so angry and he just wants to let it all out.
And Lucius shows up.
And he’s just sort of calmly standing there, despite the fact that he could very well die in a fiery blaze. And they hear a bunch of sirens in the distance but still he’s standing there. As Lucius. Not The Cosmos. I think that’s an important distinction.
And he tells Jason that Tyler is safe and looked after and that he’s allowed to unleash as much anger as he wants but that the second he puts himself in danger, Lucius will step in and stop him.
And true to his word, he stands there and watches as Jason just unleashes all of this anger.
And Lucius eventually asks him why he’s so angry and Jason screams that he’s angry at himself and that it’s his fault.
“What’s your fault?” Lucius asks.
“It’s my fault they’re dead!”
And Jason just bursts into tears and sort of collapses and the fire gets to be too out of control and the sirens are right there so Lucius calmly walks over and wraps an arm around him. And he uses his grappling gun (because even though he’s not in costume, he still has a few tricks up his sleeve; literally) to latch onto a news helicopter. And Jason is tightly hugging him, bawling into his suit, occasionally stopping to look down at the chaos that he caused.
And eventually they drop down onto a rooftop and Lucius holds Jason and is a remarkable listener as the teenager bawls that it was his fault that they’re dead.
(I’m still not sure how exactly it is his fault, if it even is. Either way, he carries the guilt.)
And Lucius comforts him and when he’s feeling better, he gives him a gentle but stern talking-to about how it’s okay to be angry and it’s okay to unleash his anger but that he needs to do it in ways that aren’t harmful to himself or others.
Because I also really just want Lucius to have a weird moral conscience? Like he always jokes about how he’s going to kill people and he terrorizes them, sure but like he genuinely doesn’t want to hurt anybody.
Plus I imagine that Lucius does really…erm…non-stereotypical supervillain things like knitting and cooking and obviously looking after the two kids.
But it’s never played for laughs. Like it’s not like Despicible Me or other stories where everyone laughs because he’s doing something traditionally feminine. It’s just something that he does. It’s something that he likes doing. It’s part of his character.
And I think it really shocks the boys, especially Jason, who know that he’s a supervillain and expect him to be murderous.
And he probably makes jokes about killing people all the time and he threatens people and again, terrorizes them, especially if the boys are upset by someone.
But deep down, he really is a softie. And while that’s definitely expanded because of the boys, it isn’t caused by them.
So it’s almost like a reverse of the trope.