Ugh… I’d really hoped we were done with this. I really did.
I’ve already railed about why Spider Gwen is lackluster at best, despite every will in me in the world wanting to love it.
We’ve also seen how Sony and Paul Fieg’s insertion of gender politics into Ghostbusters ruined what could have otherwise been a marginally successful movie.
Comic book sales have sadly been dropping for the last 10 years or so and they’re not showing signs of going back up. Why is that?
Really? Haven’t I said it over and over again?
Okay… let me put it plainly…
PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE BEING PREACHED AT!!!
It is a fact. In almost every case whenever a movie, comic book, video game, etc. has come out and attempts to force an identity politics agenda in a blatant way, it tends not to do very well.
But Jim, wasn’t X-Men all about that sort of thing? You seemed to like that.
True, but there is a difference. Stan Lee’s X-Men really did it the right way, they used metaphors and good story-writing to get the point across. They did not stand there and have their characters either break the 4th wall, or start randomly spewing identity politics in an almost out of character way.
Good examples include the Arrow calling himself a Social Justice Warrior, or an ancient Norse God having an opinion out of nowhere about what’s currently going on in Israel.
Okay… so from what I started to dig up, this all appears to have started with Joe Quesada did things like this with Spiderman’s ‘One More Day’ and to this day still hasn’t lived it down as far as I know.
Unfortunately this opened the floodgates to writers who are more interested in pushing an agenda than actually telling a good story.
The Mockingbird writing from what I understand is cringe-worth. It is patronizing your entire audience regardless of whether they agree with you or not.
Now do we all remember what happens when we start referring to the social justice calendar in dealing with people?
WE ELECT DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT!!!
Seriously, what happens when you tell geeks and their culture, which has been established for many decades, that they are sexist, racist, bigots, and your writing reflects your negative view of them?
Keeping in mind, these are people who are typically okay with changes in the universe as long as the writing is good…
They stop reading your comics.
I myself have personally sworn off Marvel comics almost entirely. I still read the Deadpool/Spiderman crossover because I find it hilarious, but even that seems to be handled with some kid gloves in many ways.
You’re pandering to groups with garbage writing that do not even read comics. It’s not just about agenda, though that is a huge part of it. It is also about horrible writing. In Marvel, that’s exactly what we’ve seen. Politics over story, agenda over enjoyment… and the fans are beginning to notice.
Unfortunately the writers don’t seem to get it as they’ve not only not stopped, they’ve doubled down. The person who created the comic in my feature image has referred to her detractors as misogynist bullies. Most say that if you don’t like the comic, don’t buy it.
Well Marvel… you win. We’re not buying it, but I have news for you, neither are the social justice/identity politics crowd. Why? Because the majority of them can’t be bothered with comics and tend to look down their noses at geek culture and the community it spawned.
I hope your happy.
Mark… Superheroes are not SJWs. They don’t immediately turn to violence or run to Tumblr crying when they don’t get their way. They’re not in favor racially exclusive (segregated) safe spaces or housing for people. They’re not promoting hate and intolerance under the guise of empowering whatever group of people they claim to stand for…
Go away? Don’t worry Mark, we are… that’s why comic sales are all but dead. Star Wars is the only thing saving you guys right now…
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