Why Do We Admire Super Heroes Or Super Humans In General? Marvel’s Strive For “Diversity” Is Hurting Those That It Tries To Champion!

Ever since Marvel revealed the New ‘New’ Warriors to the public and received the massive backlash that they did, I started to think about why we even admired superheroes in the first place. What was it that drew us all to admiring people like Static Shock, Superman, Black Panther, Raven, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Storm etc?

The answer is simple, yet in modern times there are those that want to forsake that concept for that of their own. We like super-heroes or superhumans simply because they are the superior version of what we humans could never achieve. Simply put, we like to look up to something or admire something that’s better than us, which gives us this sense of goal to strive for ourselves. We want to be inspired into being something better. Watching ordinary people become the best version of themselves, mentally & physically, while going up against near-impossible trials is entertaining to experience. They are driven by a goal, whether it’s a moral code or a selfish need, and it’s compelling to see their goals or morals be put in question or put to the test while following their journey or adventure. That is something the common reader can relate and aspire to in some degree.

The fact of the matter is, we want superheroes or superhumans to be kinda relatable yet superior to the reader. It sounds weird when I write it down but the past few decades of comics have shown this to be true. We all like Batman because of his moral compass, but also cause he’s the peak example of what a human being can become! This goes the same for Wonder Woman, who is peak human status as a woman. Nowadays, it’s almost frowned up for heroes to look like…well heroes! I mean if you’re jumping off building and fighting on a consistent basis, you’d likely be in great shape. Now that’s taboo, especially with newer female heroes.

We want to be able to understand the heroes/villains and see them in situations that we as readers can only dream of being in. Cool characters with great stories to tell!

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Comic books and Superheroes have always acted as a sense of escapism, a way to leave the real world, if not for only a brief moment, and enter a whole new world, familiar yet different. However, most importantly, we want to see cool fights. Now, the modern take of this by Marvel’s writer is admirable but misses the point entirely. I’ll be frank, I don’t want to see lame-ass average looking people as heroes. It sounds bad but that just the truth of the matter. Heroes are meant to be cool, do cool shit and look cool doing it. Yes, we have lame heroes in the mix too but the bulk of why we read comics is to see cool shit on panels. This is why manga as of late has been doing well over here in the west.

Look, I don’t want to get political (this time) but Malcolm X made a very valid point that seems to now hold up more than ever. He said,

The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people.

A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn. The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative.

My point is that these people who are trying to champion diversity, may not necessarily have the best intentions in mind, and in fact, is having the opposite effect on people’s minds when it comes to diversity. I feel like the more Marvel’s writer continues on in this backward crusade for diversity, it, in turn, will create this mindset on people who will instantly reject anything that remotely diverts away from the “norm” and chuck it all to “SJW & Forced Diversity” file in an effort to “rebel” or to “stick it to the man”. This is bad because there are genuinely great stories out there being told but not enough people know about them. Or, they might be Marvel writers who wants to tell great stories with new characters but are been peer pressured by their peers to stay the course of self-destruction.

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And now, because of this, you’ll soon start to see these same writers use the claim “we made new characters but you people didn’t like them, so we’re going back to replacing old with new”, instead of just admitting that they are wrong. I can see them use that talking point when characters like Snowflake and Trailblazer fail. That’s how I feel right now, and is why I try to promote new indie works from fans more often. I believe that Marvel, and to an extent DC are reaching an end to their reign in the comic book industry, and just like we see indie games take a more prominent position in the gaming field, we may start seeing a change of a sort with comic books in the form of Webtoons, webcomics, and Manga. Basically, comics going digital means anyone has a shot in creating a great character with great stories.

I hope I made sense in my rambling just now. Let me know what you guys think?

 

2 Replies to “Why Do We Admire Super Heroes Or Super Humans In General? Marvel’s Strive For “Diversity” Is Hurting Those That It Tries To Champion!”

  1. I’m not quite sure what you mean by diversity.
    Do you mean superheroes wearing tight costumes? Comic writers writing political stories? Superheroes being attractive? Superheroes being anything but straight?

    From what I know the comics industry has been losing money for a long time now. I can see creating more non-white superheroes as a way to bring in new readers. As for characters like Snowflake and Safespace, why not include them? Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Iron Man, etc. aren’t going anywhere. They’re their companies bread & butter.

    I’m just confused about how much people think Marvel (mostly) and DC is waving the liberal flag. Marvel having liberal comics isn’t new. I think the main difference now is writers are slowly becoming aware that people other than straight white males read comics, or at the very least, see a market for diverse readers and are trying to appeal to them too.

    1. I’m not saying the aforementioned heroes are going anyway, far from it. I just mentioned heroes that I liked and kinda captures what superheroes are about. They were more of an example if anything else, an attempt to illustrate my point. I guess the point I was making was that these new heroes, don’t feel like they fit the archetypes of what most people tend to consume, thus alienating most fans of the genre.

      My second point is that the diversity that they seem to be going for is actually doing more harm than good in my opinion. I tend to keep my ears to the ground around this subject and the reception every time a new hero is introduced in a way that emphasizes what they are rather than what they stand for always is met with resistance. And it gives people who hate other non-white character ammo to spread their hate.

      Take Static for example. I can see Static is Black, yet every adventure never hinges on him constantly reminding us that he is black, rather through the subtle moments, we see his life as a black character unfold in a relatable way that doesn’t feel like I’m been lectured. It felt natural and added to the character of Static, and is why people still like him to this day. For me, that was an ideal Black super hero character. Moon Girl is another character that’s original and fun to watch her adventure unfold. I hope you get what I’m saying.

      As for the comic book writing politics, here’s what i meant by that. Politics has always been a part of comics. What I was referring to was subtly. Now, it’s not so much!

      We know Marvel’s liberalism isn’t new, I’m mostly pointing out that it’s getting out of hand. Marvel becoming aware that people other than straight white males read comics is fine, great even, but I want them to create characters that people will actually remember, and not ones just to tick a box. Which is what Snowflake and Safespace feel like to me. I know these characters aren’t aimed at me, but that doesn’t me I can’t criticize what they’re doing.

      That’s how it feels to me. Of course, I’ll have to wait and see how Snowflake and Safespace will do but judging by how they were introduced, I don’t have high hopes. Yet, I could be just as wrong.

      The orientations of any heroes is irrelevant to me, in the end I just want cool characters that can stand the test of time. Hope this clears things up!

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