Random thoughts: I think, historically in comics, the origin story solves two problems efficiently. It gives the hero a re-usable motivation that we don’t have to rehash every month, and it does world-building to explain mechanically how the hero works and what the rules are. The dumb template is: monster shows up every month and threatens Metroplex City, Heroman punches monster. You’ve got 22 pages: go! You don’t want to spend valuable real-estate re-explaining why Heroman is strong, or why he spends his time punching monsters instead of something else. That would get awfully repetitive. Instead, you can spend that time on explaining this week’s cool monster or villain or scheme. For a more modern or sophisticated audience, this efficiency is also a weakness. I think we’d prefer to have the world-building unfold, and we’d like to see the protagonist develop and change and struggle. There’s lots of ways to do this: the origin can be overtly mysterious (like Wolverine or Jessica Jones) where the hero doesn’t really know why they are who/what they are, and the story is a process of self-discovery. Or the hero’s origin can be intertwined with the villain, so that everything that happens subsequently is a callback to that primal, formative moment. Of course, if you go with mystery, you have to be careful: too much “mystery” just becomes randomness (see X-Files, Lost) and too much complexity loses punch after a while (does anyone care about pre-Weapon X Wolverine backstory?). The resolution of the mystery had better be satisfying; if it’s dumb or obvious or too crazy a lot of fans will wish you had just left it to their imaginations. I think you are also right that some characters really don’t need much of an “origin”. I watched Lady Bird last night: we understand her motivations through her interactions; we don’t need a complete history. And since we understand the concept of “high school” and “Catholic school” and “struggling middle class family” there’s not much world-building to do. Han Solo is an interesting case. I think different people would have very different opinions on how much history they want. He started out as very much a “type”; if you care a lot about the Star Wars world and characters, though, I could see wanting to know more. (Frankly, I could take it or leave it.) James Bond is a cartoon. Then again, James Bond (at least in the older films) is just sort of campy fun and it’s hard to imagine any origin that doesn’t undercut that fun. Anyway, I’ve got a work deadline, so I don’t think I can do the call-in today (how does that work anyway?) But feel free to tear apart any of my ramblings if it’s helpful 😉