It sounded like a parody at first.
Conservatives have long accused Marvel Comics of going woke at the expense of solid storytelling. A similar sentiment, others said, leaked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, the fabled comic book company is introducing a new array of heroes straight from Titania McGrath’s wish list.
Marvel’s updated “New Warriors” title, out April 15, will be passing the heroic baton to characters unlike their predecessors.
Let’s meet a few of the new New Warriors, created by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” writer Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Luciano Vecchio (“Ironheart”).
The Psychic Twins
Snowflake, a cryokinetic, can materialize snowflake-shaped shuriken projectiles for throwing. Safespace can materialize pink forcefields, but he can’t inhabit them himself, the reflex only works if he’s protecting others. They’re hyper aware of modern culture and optics, and they see their Super Heroics as “a post-ironic meditation on using violence to combat bullying.”
“…it’s this idea that these are terms that get thrown around on the internet that they don’t see as derogatory. [They] take those words and kind of wear them as badges of honor….
Snowflake is non-binary and goes by they/them, and has the power to generate individual crystalized snowflake-shaped shurikens. The connotations of the word ‘snowflake’ in our culture right now are something fragile, and this is a character who is turning it into something sharp.
Trailblazer is “a regular kid scooped up into the world of teenage Super Heroing. Her “magic backpack” is actually a pocket dimension with seemingly infinite space, from which she can pull out useful or random objects—it’s not always under her control.
She claims to get her power from god, but “not the god you’re thinking of.”
The updated Marvel title came with a video introduction. And that’s where things get interesting. Viewers didn’t embrace the concept at first blush.
In fact, they loathed it.
Look at the “thumbs up, thumbs down” ratio on the page in question. As of March 21 the former counted around 2,800+ approval votes, an impressive number. The latter camp?