This politically correct culture we find ourselves living has seeped into almost every aspect of our lives, including comic book heroes who are now being drastically changed to appease a small fraction of the population.
These drastic changes involving superheroes haven’t been met with any sort of enthusiasm, and Marvel’s vice president David Gabriel has claimed that this push for diversity caused Marvel’s sales to fall, ICV2 reported.
“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there,” Gabriel explained. “That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.”
Marvel executives have recently taken the PC culture to an extreme, introducing a female Iron Man (which they apparently don’t see the obvious problem with), a female Thor, and a villain loosely based on President Donald Trump.
“We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against,” he stated.
After these comments were made, there was a lot of pushback from Marvel fans who insisted it wasn’t the diversity that was causing them to turn away from Marvel but the lack of any original ideas and the horribly confusing alternate timelines that are so intricate they give you headaches (I would know, having tried to follow them).
While that is true, I’m sure there are also people who are sick of Marvel trying to make everything they do relate to modern-day politics. No one wants to hear Captain America’s views on illegal immigration — they just want to see him punch Hitler in the face.
In an apparent attempt at damage control, Gabriel issued a statement explaining that the new diverse characters weren’t going anywhere and that Marvel has actually heard that a lot of people like the new characters.
“And let me be clear, our new heroes are not going anywhere! We are proud and excited to keep introducing unique characters that reflect new voices and new experiences into the Marvel Universe and pair them with our iconic heroes,” he said in a statement that sounded like a postcard from a politically correct re-education camp — or a hostage video.
Maybe Marvel should focus more on making some new superheroes that are fun and exciting instead of rehashing the same stories we have been hearing for the past 30 years with politically correct characters.
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