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Here's my take on Sentry: As a new character, it was a very interesting premise as far as he's his own nemesis. Sentry/Void. That offers a lot of interesting story. The retcon of having him being there the whole time but everyone forgetting? It spits on the face of the characters that have been there the whole time and helped build superhero legacy.Just my opinion but I think Marvel has leaned more heavily upon longer established characters, both major and minor, until recently. Perhaps it was thinking those types of characters that worked best for them over time in paperback would translate better for general audiences on the big and small screen.
If true, the overwhelming bulk of characters seen in the released MCU Phases thus far have origins in the 1960's and 1970's. Captain America even precedes that era. Even characters or comic titles like Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy had a different but related versions from back then that has been shown since Iron Man debuted. The same goes for fairly new characters like Ms. Marvel, who originally started out as Carol Danvers before being re-imagined for Kamala Khan.
On the other hand, Sentry has only been around for 20 or so years. He is very established now but his actual longevity in media is brief compared to other characters.
I think Marvel is digging deeper into its category of newer characters now that the MCU has laid a huge foundation. How Sentry will thrive or whither with audiences is a question though.
It would have been much better had he been introduced as someone new to the hero scene. There are two reasons I state this: One, it pays respect to the creations before it without having upset continuity in any way. Two, it allows his development to start from day one with the readers as the writers and readers discover who he is at the same time. Fans would get detailed stories of him starting out and learning about the Void. The way they did it completely turned me off to the idea. The look and name? Kick butt. The idea of Sentry/Void? Kick butt. Him starting out as a petty criminal (while already done before, still not overdone)? Cool. Retconning him like that and just offering the flimsy/stupid "Everyone forgot"? Stupid and insulting.