wait i love LE but just bc mitch doesn't abuse jonas, doesn't mean the abuse he's doled out to ppl who arent jonas doesn't like, exist. mitch is trashy and i love that, but i agree w the earlier anon in that the opening scene where he torments and humiliates a nerd left a bad taste in my mouth and kinda soured the likeability of mitch+his crew. just bc it seemed like fans brushed it off bc it's ok, he wasn't *jonas*, so his suffering didn't matter. i just hope it's addressed in canon, ya know??
Gonna put all my feelings in this one and that’s it!
I asked Mars what she thought because I wanted to get an answer from her directly and she said this:
There’s a lot of elements to Long Exposure, and the point is that Mitch is very difficult, rowdy, and violent. The point of the flagpole wedgie and beating up the kid behind the school scenes were to cement into the audiences heads that Mitch is SUPPOSED to be a scary bully. Jonas has a GOOD REASON to be afraid of him in the Beginning.
Mitch starts off as a very violent, rude, mean person but that’s the point, it’s so he has room to gradually get better. If he started off as a nice, clean slate person with no flaws what so ever then there’s a really boring character that cannot develop. Every single character in long exposure are shades of grey, no one is “good” and no one is “bad.” The characters are never black and white, they’re all Grey.
Mitch is seen at first being “bad” , thus all the really mean things he does in the beginning. Later on he will develop as a character, and OF COURSE it doesn’t excuse the bad things he did! THAT’S THE POINT! He’ll realize that, the characters who’ve been bullied aren’t being invalidated.
People are meant to see how horrible Mitch is in the beginning, it’s not supposed to be looked over or accepted as such. A lot of it is seen how Jonas sees him, he’s scary and bad but as time in the comic goes by Mitch will grow. It’s his character arc.
I hope that makes sense!
So, I assure you, yes it’ll be addressed in canon. Most people have caught on that the characters will develop, and characters don’t have to fit into the mold of being “good” or “bad” throughout the entire story. Character development amirite!