old ask again
tbh Kevin is already such an overbearing presence in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, I would have much preferred she be fleshed out without him there. I mean, I love the guy, but the writers clearly had a favorite and a lot of time was spent with him that could have been better spent on Ben or Gwen. Especially Gwen.
My ideal UAF “let’s get to know Charmcaster” episode would probably involve Ben and Gwen teaming up with her without Kevin (maybe he needs to be rescued?) and having the comparisons to Kevin come up as they interact with her. They expect her to be similar to Kevin and assume they can work with her the way they would with Kev, and they keep getting frustrated when she keeps doing her own thing. Then at the climax they both realize their mistakes and the three finally start working better as a team when they actually pay attention to who she is and not who they expect her to be.
UAF Kevin is my bby but he doesn’t lend himself well to team-ups, especially when it comes to villains. At best, a Kevin/Charmcaster duo ep probably would have been more about Kevin’s development and left Charm in the dust. (At worst, it would probably shit on Charmcaster to make Kevin look better)
He’s seen (and been) the worst the Universe has to offer and he often projects his own insecurities onto other people, especially after the Ultimate Kevin incident when his trust issues took a huge step backwards. He stopped trusting himself, but he didn’t want to admit to not trusting himself, so he just pushes that mistrust onto the most convenient targets around to try to alleviate his own anxieties. If I wrote a UA Kevin/Charm team up, Kevin would basically spend it projecting himself onto Charmcaster, and through learning to trust her he’d be learning to trust himself again.
The way things are going now in Omniverse, it actually looks like Kevin’s genuinely afraid of Charmcaster (judging by how he reacted to her rock golems in MI) so I’d like to see where they take that.