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Subj: On the topic of diversity, I think that DC have always been (a bit) better than Marvel except the X-Books
Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 at 12:04:25 pm EST (Viewed 99 times)
Reply Subj: Well, it was nice to have a diverse Marvel for a few years...too bad that's going to change
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 at 01:11:28 am EST (Viewed 217 times)
From the point of view of an European, I think that DC tend to create universal heroes whereas Marvel tend to create US-centric heroes (except the mutant characters).
For example, Superman & Batman are universal characters, whereas Captain America & Spider-Man are American characters (but are still very popular around the world).
Marvel Comics have always been centered on the USA, and even more on the East Coast of the USA, and even more on New York.
Superman & Batman are in fictitious cities (Metropolis & Gotham). On the contrary, Spider-Man is the friendly neighbourhood hero of NY.
It may explain why, many times, when Marvel try to include diversity, it is clunky, heavy-handed, goofy, etc. because it mirrors the stereotypes that a local guy might believe about foreigners/different people.
For example, my own country, France in Marvel comics.
Who's the most famous French character in Marvel comics ?
Batroc the Leaper ...
Who are the most prominent French characters in DC comics ?
But let's be honest. I am very severe. There are important exceptions. The main one is the X-verse. Since 1975, the X-books have been about diversity and are about mankind as a whole.
Also, characters such as the Black Panther are important and they are Marvel characters. So, of course, what I am saying is far from totally true.
And, of course, the MCU films are a success everywhere in the world.
Still, I think that Marvel Comics have never been subtle on the topic of diversity or, at least, as subtle as the distinguished competition.
It may explain why there have been so many heated discussions & reactions these last years about the new characters.
By the way, I like a lot Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I think that Carol being Captain Marvel is legitimate (and it should have happened decades ago ! She is the 3rd female Captain Marvel, not the 1st !).
But should Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel be included in a topic about diversity ?
I don't think so. She is an extremely beautiful blonde woman who looks like a young Jean Harlow, Charlize Theron, Robin Wright, Heather Graham, Naomi Watts or Cate Blanchett.
In other words, the classic archetype of feminine beauty canon in the fairytales of westerners (and which came from the Anglo-Saxons, Franks & Norsemen) !
Only Marvel could have the nerve to sell Carol Danvers as a shining example of diversity ! Lol !!!
Also, I think that killing James Rhodes was a huge mistake.
He should come back, as soon as possible.
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