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DC & Marvel Both Stole Designs From The Same Terrible Movie

Warning: contains spoilers for Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #2!

In an odd turn of events, both Marvel and DC Comics are responsible for being "inspired" by the same exact source material: a terrible and otherwise-forgettable science fiction film from 2005. Artists basing their ideas off of existing source material is nothing new; the vast majority of new visuals in genre fiction is iterative rather than revolutionary. But in Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #2, both Aquaman and Green Arrow fight off the only memorable remnant from the otherwise forgettable film: the F/A 37 Talon stealth fighter.

Aquaman and Green Arrow aren't usually the first two heroes chosen for a team-up - and they're certainly rarely paired together, as one is substantially stronger than the other. But this is an alliance by necessity: in Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target, the two heroes have somehow swapped bodies. Arthur Curry is now Green Arrow and Oliver Queen is now the Aquaman; the two must figure out exactly what transpired and how to set things right.

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In the second issue, the two are on Oliver Queen's private jet attempting to piece together their memories. Suddenly, the pair are attacked by twin fighters with very distinct outlines and cockpits. These mysterious jets are in fact the F/A 37 Talon stealth fighter from the 2005 film Stealth, a notorious box office bomb that attempted to create the high-flying action of Top Gun combined with the AI philosophy of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sadly, it failed at both endeavors.

Even more surprising than the sudden appearance of the Stealth jets is the fact that this isn't the first time they've graced the pages of a comic. In Ms. Marvel #1 in 2006, Carol Danvers flies a very familiar-looking stealth aircraft in a flashback sequence before she acquired her powers (and would no longer need a jet to fly). Captain Marvel's use of the box office bomb's most famous element proves that both Marvel and DC assumed that no one would recognize an aircraft from a film that grossed less than $80 million on a budget of $135 million.

In an odd sort of way, Stealth lives on through these comics; the design of the fighter is certainly unique enough to be remembered irrespective of the film. That being said, it's quite odd that the jet would appear in both Marvel and DC comics in much the same way. Perhaps one day Captain Marvel and Aquaman will actually encounter the jets again, and they'll make more than a cameo appearance.

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