The Cultural State of Marvel Comics


There may be those of you who think I’m kidding about the state of Marvel comics, and the concerted, coordinated effort the Left is making there, as with the Hugos, to blot out everything we love in the Pop culture, and replace it with politically correct double-think and dullness, virtue signaling and depravity.


Below is a page from the last book of GENERATIONS, where the gimmick is to time travel the diversity-hire cosplay versions of the characters back into the past to meet the original, real heroes in their prime.


Here they are, gathered together.


In the top panel, from left to right, is Sam Wilson the Falcon, cosplaying as Captain America. Jean Gray is young Jean Gray. X-23 is cosplaying as Wolverine. Amadeus Cho is the Hulk. Kamala Khan calls herself Ms Marvel. Ms. Marvel calls herself Captain Marvel. Jane Foster is cosplaying as Thor. Riri Williams is cosplaying Iron Man. Miles Morales is a parallel version of Spider-man. Kate Bishop is calling herself Hawkeye.


In each case, the diversity-hire character is designated by the writer to be cooler and better than the original, and all the surrounding characters applaud the cosplay ripoff version, no doubt to raise their self esteem.


The Falcon in WWII


Unfortunately, the ripoff version, at least in the books I have seen, never do anything heroic. Sam Wilson throws one punch during World War Two, and comforts and inspires Captain America who is puking from the stress of combat. Cap, for his part, never throws a single punch during World War Two. After the war, Sam Wilson becomes a Baptist preacher and marches for Civil Rights.


The irony here is that Falcon has been around since the 1960’s and used to be his own character with a personality and everything, and everyone loves the movie version of him with the winged jetpack.



Jane Foster has been around for a similar period of time.


Carol Danvers used to be a pretty woman with a woman’s personality.


Riri and Kamala are original characters, and have never had a non-SJW version; so they have always essentially been flat, one-tone caricatures with no drama and no depth. (YMMV)


But all the others were once three dimensional characters, now flattened and degraded to this.


Captain America had drama. He was a 4-F who volunteered for a dangerous experiment which augmented his strength and speed. His sidekick died, and he was thrown into suspended animation.



Wolverine had bags of drama. A mutant turned into Weapon X by an evil military experiment given a second chance at life by Professor X.


Hulk was a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Frankenstein’s monster, a man who sacrificed himself to save a teenager from a bomb he himself had built, but who was changed rather than killed by the bomb, and is now burdened with becoming a monster of titanic strength and rage too dangerous to live among people.


The original Captain Marvel was a space alien soldier sent to Earth to conquer it, but fell in love with mankind, and betrayed his home in order to defend ours.


Thor was a demi-god who was exiled to Earth for the crime of falling in love with a mortal female.


Iron Man had shrapnel in his heart and was trapped by communists in a cave in North Korea when he built his first suit as a weapon. However, the awesome weapon-tech also became his prison, since he could not take off the breastplate without dying from the shrapnel.


Peter Parker, bitten by a radioactive spider, gets the proportionate strength and speed of a spider, but when he at first uses his powers selfishly, his Uncle Ben dies as a result. Tormented by guilt, he now uses his power to fight crime and save a world that regards him as a menace.




Even Hawkeye, who is not exactly an A-List character has some drama in his background. He ran away from an abusive home to join the circus, but became the protegee of the Swordsman, who turned out to be a criminal. Hawkeye was originally a criminal himself, seduced by Black Widow, a Russian spy, to kill Iron Man. It takes some grit to take on a man in power armor with just a bow and arrow.


Let us contrast and compare with the origin story of the diversity hires.


Falcon is a long established character and sidekick of Captain America, who is suddenly Captain America because he picked up the shield of Captain America.


Jane Foster is Thor’s girlfriend who became Thor because she picked up the hammer of Thor. Unlike everyone else who ever picked up the hammer of Thor, it changed her personality and bestowed fighting skills on her, which is just stupid. Also, she is dying of cancer. And for reasons never explained, she calls herself by her boyfriend’s name when she is dressed in his clothing, which would be creepy if it were not so silly.





Except Sam Wilson is now her boyfriend. And she loves the taste of combat. She only feels truly alive while drenched in the bloodshed and rage of war, like all nurses.


X-23 is an established character and sidekick of Wolverine who donned a cosplay uniform of Wolverine.


Amadeus Cho (the 6th or 8th smartest person on the planet, depending on who you ask) used nanites to give himself the powers of the Hulk, but, unlike Bruce Banner, he does not turn into a subhuman rage monster, so it is not a curse or a burden. It is basically a power he picked up.


Kamala Khan is a Muslim high-school girl form Jersey city, and gained the ability to shapeshift, which she mostly uses to expand, stretch, and shrink her body in various ungainly ways, and make her fists into giant balloon-like flesh blobs. She wears the dumpiest uniform imaginable, and acts like a cross between a spoiled child, a sociopath, and a fascist. She took on the name Ms. Marvel.



She does not really fight crime, instead she only fights white people, who are the source of all the world’s evils, and she protects her friends like the Lesbian who is in love with a high school Muslim girl who wears her headscarf at all times- because we all know how ultra-fundamentalist Middle Eastern religious women are encouraged to be sexually liberated and experimentally gender-fluid by their families. The writing here is lazy, one dimensional, and stupid.


However, her original story, unlike these others, is an actual origin: she was an Inhuman without knowing it, who was exposed to the terrigen mist of the Inhumans, which activated her power. She can be salvaged.


Carol Danvers was an well-established character. She was exposed to a mysterious energy that turned her into a half-Kree and granted her the powers of Captain Marvel. She became a sidekick of the original Captain Marvel who then took up the mantle of Captain Marvel when he died. She has also called herself Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird.


This is what she originally looked like:

Then this…


and this is what she looks like now…




or this





Also, in the revised version, her father did not want her to go into the military because she was a girl, she was shot down and tortured and escaped from a prison camp during wartime.


Riri Williams broke into a dorm at MIT and stole some Iron Man tech, and used the plans to copy his suit for herself.


Miles Morales comes from a parallel dimension (the Ultimate Universe) where he became Spider-Man after that universe’s, and his inspiration, Peter Parker had died. That version was actually far better than the one we have now.


Kate Bishop is a rich man’s daughter who looted the Avenger’s mansion when the Avengers were gone, and took up gear from the mansion, including Mockingbird’s battle-staves and mask, Swordsman’s sword, Black Widow’s utility belt, and Hawkeye’s bow.



Two Hawkeyes?



She was originally called “Hawkingbird”. She took up calling herself Hawkeye at Captain America’s suggestion because she blamed Cap for something that was not his fault, and he liked her spunk, which reminded him of Hawkeye. She calls herself Hawkeye for no real reason, because she does not have any particular training in archery.


For the purposes of comparison, let us see who won the Hugo Awards in the major categories last year:


The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin (Black, female)
Best Novel
Cat Pictures Please
Naomi Kritzer (white, female)
Best Short Story
Folding Beijing
Hao Jingfang (Chinese, male)
Best Novelette
Nnedi Okorafor (Black, female)
Best Novella


Do you detect the pattern involved? It recurs in both examples.




UPDATE: Someone suggested that the composition of the bridge crew on STAR TREK: DIVERSITY had a similar pattern, but I have not seen the show myself, nor do I intend to, so I voice no opinion. I merely leave it as a question to the reader whether he has seen the show, and, if so, he sees a pattern, and if so, what it is.




Originally published here


John C. Wright

John C. Wright is a practicing philosopher, a retired attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, and a published author of science fiction. Once a Houyhnhnm, he was expelled from the august ranks of purely rational beings when he fell in love; but retains an honorary title. He has published short fiction in Asimov’s Science Fiction in F&SF in Absolute Magnitude and elsewhere. His novel Orphans of Chaos was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2005. His novel Somewhither won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016. In 2015, he made history by being nominated for six Hugo Awards in one year, more than any other author. Read more of his work at or pick up one of his novels here.