Young Justice: Phantoms explores its Martian civilization


Young Justice: Phantoms delves into its Martian backstory to kick off its new season. But what do we know about Mars?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms, streaming now on HBO Max.

The new season of Young justice has been largely a mystery to fans anticipating the fourth release of the superhero series. With nothing more than its subtitle, Ghosts, to come out of, there has been little indication of what to expect from the future of young heroes fighting on the fringes of society. But with the surprise debuts of the first two episodes of the season, it looks like the margins the team will explore go far beyond the company’s margins. They’re going so far, in fact, they seem to be emerging on Mars. But do we know the world in Young justice?


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Young Justice: Ghosts

Beast Boy, Miss Martian, and Superboy feature prominently in the first few episodes, the three main characters who travel to Miss Martian’s home world to attend a wedding ceremony for her family. Along the way, fans learn more about Mars than ever before, in large part because of the tension between the Martian people, which includes the Green, White, and Red Martians.

Little was known about the Red Martians in the series itself before, but creator Greg Weisman has revealed various details about the subspecies over the years via his AskGreg fan forums. The Red Martians are not a familiar concept in comic book lore, but in Young justice, they are an elite class of royalty in Martian society. It is also noted that Martians can be born the same color as either parent, but not a color that either parent did not share. In this way, the caste system of their society formed over time to favor the elite, with an individual’s position being largely determined by the color of their membership. Beyond that, little is known about the Red Martians in general, although the recently slain Martian leader is said in the episode to have been a great ally for Earth / Martian relations.


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Martian politics have seeped into the backdrop of the show before as well, never really spilling over into the foreground. Miss Martian’s brother Ma’alefa’ak has already stoked tensions between the new gods and bugs by taking the form of Orion, and this plot finally finds satisfaction in the episodes as Ma’alefa’ak receives a Genetic bomb from Darkseid’s underling Desaad which he plans to use to eliminate his green and red comrades.

But one aspect that may come as a relief to fans eagerly awaiting the new series is the limited focus on fewer team members. Rather than cramming as many characters as possible into episodes or presenting a promotion that draws as many fans as possible to the show’s sizable cast, the emphasis is on a trio. And given that Miss Martian’s engagement ring was already visible in the previously released poster for the season, her relationship with Superboy and adoptive brother Beast Boy is worth both exploring and fleshing out during their adventures in the season. space.


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Young judge Miss Martian

There’s no doubt that the larger cast will be returning for more episodes, but based on the details currently available, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to exploring Martian culture. Young justice has always been a show that knew its characters and setting well, and delving deeper into both is part of the magic that made fans clamor for more. Now in its fourth season and on a streaming platform where the series has more freedom than ever, Young Justice: Ghosts just might be the most adventurous season yet.


To see the Martians be explored, the first two episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms are now streaming on HBO Max.

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