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To the editors of Marvel Comics:

Many of the letters in your letters pages begin with the writer’s long history of reading comics as evidence that you should care about their opinion and want to keep them as a customer. While I may be relatively new to comics, I think I’m a pretty desirable customer. Not only do I have disposable income and a willingness to spend money on physical books in a brick-and-mortar comic shop, but I’m also a teacher and librarian with the power to get your books in the hands of the next generation.

Until recently, I was thrilled to do just that. I teach at a school that serves a very diverse population and I wanted to expose my students to heroes who look like them. I bought them Miles Morales, Sam Wilson, Ms. Marvel, Silk, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, various team books, and more. I did this not with the school’s budget, but with my own money (and I of course took the opportunity to read them myself first).

For myself (although I also share most of them with students), I have every issue of Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, The Mighty Thor, Mockingbird, Storm, and most of the recent Black Widow and Captain Marvel runs. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Nick Fury and America, and was not disappointed by their #1s. I’ve loved so much of what Marvel has given me over the past few years; I got to see parts of myself and the people I love in these books, parts that I don’t always get to see in popular media.

But none of the above were the characters that got me into comics; that honor belongs to Steve Rogers. I fell in love with him in the movies, with his steadfastness and his sense of justice and his belief in doing the right thing and protecting individuals. I went back and read Brubaker’s Winter Soldier arc, but was too intimidated by the vastness of the Marvel universe to read many of the books he was currently appearing in when I first started reading comics.

And then I found out he was being restored to his young self and getting a new series. I was ECSTATIC. I couldn’t wait to get it and see what new adventures this amazing character would go on. When I found out about the twist at the end of #1, I was upset, but everyone assured me that this is comics - it’ll be mind control or a decoy or some other trick. Soon everything would be back to normal. But as I realized how committed everyone at Marvel was to the reality of Steve-the-Hydra-Agent, I also realized that this was a book that didn’t want me as a reader. This version of Steve Rogers seemed to have nothing in common with the Steve Rogers I had fallen in love with. As a queer woman with Jewish ancestry, I felt like my concerns were dismissed and that I was unwelcome. 

So I didn’t buy the book. I kept my other subscriptions and continued to enjoy them, all the while waiting for the trick-behind-the-trick that everyone else seemed sure would come. And then Secret Empire began.
I don’t know if I can put into words how it felt to find out that according to this new story, Steve Rogers has never been a hero at all. The closest I can get is that it was a punch in the gut, although I feel the cliche fails to accurately convey the strength of my response.

Stories matter. Heroes matter. And in a world that feels full of pain and fear and darkness, stories and heroes matter even more. The people I love are living with a lot of fear right now - fear of deportation, fear of losing access to health care, fear of being attacked for who they love or the color of their skin - and so am I. We need heroes who can remind us of why we fight, why we resist, why we rise above, why we plant ourselves like a tree and say “no, you move.”

Steve Rogers used to be that hero for me and for many others. To take a hero like Steve Rogers and destroy everything that made him who he was, everything that he was created to be…I don’t know why that is a story that Marvel wants to tell right now. Or ever. It is incomprehensible to me.

And it leaves me torn. I have asked my shop to not pull any books related to Secret Empire for me, and a part of me wants to firmly declare that Marvel will never see another cent of my money at all. The other part of me remembers how much I have loved and appreciated my other experiences as a Marvel fan, the encouragement that your characters and stories have given me, the ways they’ve made me laugh and given me something to look forward to, a bright spot in the middle of the week.

I don’t know if I will keep buying Marvel comics. I want to, but I’m not sure you want me to. Right now, it seems like I’m the type of customer that you don’t want at all - the customer who values the diversity you’ve blamed for the sales slump and who wants her good guys to be good, even when it’s hard.

Hoping to remain a fan,
Rachel A. 
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MIT’s admissions teaser features the new Iron Man — a black female superhero

i woke up to this nice surprise. the admissions department at MIT has made a riri williams movie. i love it more than i love john wick!
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whoops looks like the writers at marvel need a reminder of their own characters’ origins before they do something else grossly offensive

hey, nick spencer!  i know you’re probably not reading this, but shut up and listen for a second, maybe you’ll learn something about respect.  do you know how many jewish people died during the holocaust?  somewhere between 5,000,000 to 6,000,000.

yes, you read that right.  five to six million people dead, all less than eighty years ago.

marvel comics have never skirted around this.  they made it a vital part of magneto’s history, one that shapes his attitudes and opinions more than anything else.  he’s been subjugated, and he’s not going to let it happen to his people - in this case, mutants - again.

so what, mr. spencer, are you accomplishing by having him join up with hydra beyond spitting in the faces of all those millions of dead?  you’ve taken a jewish character - created by JEWISH WRITERS AND ARTISTS - and signed him up with what’s clearly the marvel universe’s equivalent of the nazis.  what are we supposed to take away from this besides the knowledge that you are a cold, insensitive human being?

magneto deserves better.  the jewish community deserves better.  and you own the latter a hell of an apology. 
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So, I have a few things to say about the current Magneto…mess.  It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to say.  So first, everyone needs to go and read a summary (or the actual comic) of Uncanny X-Men 199.  I just read it recently, and I’m certain that this colors my thoughts.

Super short version: One of the subplots is Magneto taking Kitty Pryde to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to try to help her find out what happened to her great Aunt.  It turns out that he knew her in Auschwitz under her married name, which is why he didn’t realize until someone else came forward.  He’s being remembered by the other survivors as someone who worked hard to keep as many people around him alive as he could.  (then Mystique shows up to arrest him and starts a fight IN THE MUSEUM…I hate Mystique, TBQH, but this is a bit of an aside.)

So today, I wake up and hear that Magneto is joining Hydra.  HYDRA.  The fascist organization that AT THE LEAST collaborated with the Nazis, and depending on which continuity you like, are actual Nazis.  They are lead by the Red Skull, a literal Nazi.

This is the same writer, Nick Spencer, who decided that Captain America, a character modeled on the golem to try to prod America into fighting the Nazis and saving the Jews of Europe, was not just Hydra, but had ALWAYS been Hydra.  This was shitting all over Jack Kirby’s legacy, as well as that of Joe Simon (I only prioritize Kirby due to his real life anti-Nazi exploits).  It indicated a lack of care for a legacy character that was placed in his care.

And now he’s at it again.

In between, he had villainous “social justice warriors” and had Sam Wilson apologize to a white guy for bringing up race.

Nick Spencer is a white supremacist.

I tend to not drop these accusations lightly, but he’s established a pattern.  Even aside from his on-the-page garbage, he’s been particularly awful to fans on social media who object to his “creative” choices.  In general, his behavior has been worse towards minorities, of course, and this is after controlling for the fact that minorities, Jews in particular regarding Cap and Black people re: Wilson are the ones directly hurt by his terrible actions.

@marvel, you need to fire him.  He is dragging your most popular characters through the mud for some cheap publicity and to promote his hateful agenda.  I, previously, maintained a subscription to Marvel Unlimited, bought several monthly comics in addition to that, and regularly bought the collections.  And that’s just the business that the comics division got from me.  That’s all over, until Nick Spencer is no longer writing for Marvel.  As much as I hate to do so, I will not be buying Miss Marvel, I will not be buying Spider-Man, and I won’t be buying X-Men.  I CERTAINLY won’t be touching any of the garbage Nick Spencer has touched until the damage he’s done has been undone.  You just blew up the continuity recently, but you already need to do it again, just to salvage the fundamental nature of several of your most popular characters.

@marvelentertainment I’m really enjoying the current run of Hawkeye, starring Kate Bishop, and I have been looking forward to all of the upcoming films but I may stop purchasing all Marvel comics, merchandise and movie tickets. And I’m sure a lot of people will join me. 

Some of Marvel’s media has moved and shaped me but I may need to boycott the entire brand if nothing changes. There are many things from the racism of the Dr. Strange movie to the exclusion of female characters (such as Wasp as a founding member of The Avengers. The one who named them.), to writing Steve Rogers and Eric Lensherr as Nazis, that I will not abide by. Please change or face financial consequences!

I boycotted the comics when Hydra-Cap appeared. Won’t be coming back until Nick Spencer is removed and apologies are issues. @marvelentertainment.

Yep. I haven’t bought a Marvel property, including movie tickets, since Nick Spencer made Cap Hydra. Not least because of his obnoxious reaction to our objections and his ongoing disdain for your readership, @marvelentertainment. He’s tanking two of your tentpoles, and in my case he’s lowering readership in multiple other titles as well. Clean your house. 
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Hey Guys! So Marvel is out of control. The fact that they gave this asshole a voice to turn Steve Rogers into a Nazi is horrifying. It’s also worth noting that he’s the asshole behind the whole “M-Word” thing from Uncanny Avengers. 

and now, they’re having Magneto team up with Hydra. No, shut up, I DON’T CARE if it’s just a media plug it is horrifying and I am disgusted. There is no reason to even tiptoe around it, this is wrong and it needs to stop. 

SO HERE’S SOME CONTACT INFO FOR MARVEL. Please write letters, e-mails, tweets, call if you’re able because fuck you, Marvel. Tell Marvel This Is Not Okay.

You Can Use This Form to submit feedback through the Marvel Site

And here through the Disney site

Call the “General Help” Phone Number at 212-576-4000.

Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief at Marvel:

Spidey office:

****X office:

****Heroes office:

Hulk, Ultimate & All Ages office:

Media Relations V.P. through Dan Klores Communications: 

Send letters to the Corporate Headquarters: 
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
135 W. 50th Street
New York, NY 10020

President Dan Buckley:

Twitter: @JoeQuesada, @AxelAlonsoMarv, @StanLee, 

This is the number listed for Isaac Perlmutter, senior executive of Marvel, who immigrated from Israel : 1-212-576-4000

I’d recommend not contacting Nick Spencer directly, especially via tweet, because he’s a giant baby who whines a lot when people call his dumbass ideas dumbass and he’s just a giant headache you don’t need to deal with.


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