The moves Marvel is making now will have a greater impact on race and gender relations in this country than any politician or activist.— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia)July 17, 2014I quit.
One day African American households all over the country will add a photo of Marvel’s executive management team to photos of Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Obama on their mantle. Elders will regale youth with stories of an African American character who briefly replaced Captain America and a single title featuring an African American female character. Why, a black man even led a third (or fourth) tier Avengers team! If we’re really lucky, one day they might even hire an African American to tell these stories! Or any story!
Just to play devil’s advocate, if his definition of “relations” involves social media trending and hashtags, Marvel has a pretty good marketing department and on the flipside people are way more willing to flip out in public and argue that we shouldn’t have a She-Thor/Blacktain Blamerica than they are claiming only white dudes can be President/CEO/etc.
So it’s going to have a bigger impact on Internet arguments in 3Q 2014, I almost certainly believe that.
I just found a packet of submissions to the high school literary journal I co-edited. Reading them, this ode is better than pretty much everything in there, including what I wrote.