I was glad to see these major publishers (mainly Marvel) usher in a new age of characters with varying ethnicities and fans to enjoy them such as Miles Morales: The new Spiderman being both African American and Puerto Rican. Or Kamala Khan: The new Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani-American, and a major Muslim Superhero. And most recently Riri Williams: an intelligent young African American girl who has now become the successor to Tony Stark Iron Man. This brings up the question: What happened to all of the classic characters? They’re gone. The classic characters of Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, as well as many others have disappeared being killed off or being changed in such a way that they are no longer recognizable as the icons we once knew. in various stories these characters are fading away only to be replaced by these new diverse counterparts.
I for one buy into the PC backlash theory. SJW rehashes are beyond stale (JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot and the Ghostbusters abomination being the worst, but even the new Star Wars flicks are getting a bit preachy).
Fan backlash against these new characters is being written off as comic fans being bigoted sexists individuals who want only their straight, white, male superheroes. This is not the case. Fans are angry that the characters they have been invested in for years on end are gone, and now that their favorite characters no longer exist in the stories they read they stop buying the new comics.
Agree again. Audiences quickly tire of such sermonizing. If anything it shows just how greedy, hackish and lacking in confidence these people are that they can’t create their own characters and scenarios, they have to piggyback their stale identity-politics onto an already existing, formerly popular universe.
Perfect example is the (now thankfully cooling) push for a Black James Bond. If someone wants to make a Black secret agent action hero, let them create their own — it seems an insult to Ian Fleming to change the character he created so drastically.