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WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre Makes a Cringeworthy, Comic Book Mistake on TV

News anchor Cynthia Izaguirre delivered her Marvel mistake on WFAA's 5 p.m. news broadcast.
News anchor Cynthia Izaguirre delivered her Marvel mistake on WFAA's 5 p.m. news broadcast. screenshot from YouTube
Comic book fans, especially the more ardent Marvel Comics mob, are already reeling over the way the company is trying to keep some of its most popular creations out of the hands of its creators.

However, WFAA Channel 8 reporter Cynthia Izaguirre found a way to make Marvel and DC Comics' fans even madder.

A video is being shared across Twitter of Izaguirre ending a 5 p.m. news broadcast from 2019 with a story about an auction in which props and costumes from several Netflix adaptations of its most popular canceled series will go up for sale to the highest bidder.

Izaguirre tries valiantly to eat up the last two or three seconds between the graphic change and the end of the show with a bit of comic-book wisdom. Unfortunately, instead of sticking the kind of superhero landing that Deadpool would mock, she falls flat on her face.

"What's your favorite Marvel Comics hero?" Izaguirre says, looking at the camera. "Mine is Superman."
Oof. But wait, she's not done.

"Remember the motto?" Izaguirre says while raising an eyebrow, like most viewers at home. "With great power comes great responsibility."

Really, there's no other way to say it: OUCH.

We all make mistakes, some far worse than flubbing the copyright owner of a commercial entertainment property. As Doctor Who once said to his son after he fell into the Batcave, “Why do we fall? So we can learn to leap buildings in a single bound.”

And to be fair, we have more Spider-Man movies than we really need. Some of us have done everything in our power to forget The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Let's break this spine-cracking quote down into segments. For starters, even the hokiest, unhip of parents knows Superman is a DC character and the "With great power ..." motto belongs to Spider-Man's uncle Ben. The quote first appeared in a Spider-Man comic in a 1962 edition of Amazing Fantasy.

The central idea of Uncle Ben's timeless advice goes as far back as 1873 when it appeared in a decree from the French National Convention during the French Revolution. It was also uttered in several speeches made by famed orators such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to Izaguirre could've just grabbed a name out of history and slapped that in front of the quote and we all wouldn't be having spine spasms just now.

Even if she had said attributed the quote to the right superhero, we're not sure what it has to do with an auction. If you're rich enough to buy Jessica Jones' jacket, then responsibility probably isn't even in your vocabulary.

We shouldn't even go down the "What if she was reading a teleprompter?" rabbit hole.

Izaguirre did not respond to our request for comment.

Of course, Twitter did not make things better. (That's the company's corporate slogan, or at least it should be.) The responses to Izaguirre's boo-boo range from amusing to overkill.

"My favorite marvel comic hero is definitely The Flash. Remember the motto? 'May the force be with you,'" tweeted @JoseJoestarr. Some people had violent responses.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, on the other hand, chimed in with a solid theory that Izaguirre was in on the joke.

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.