“Why Marvel Was Smart to Commit to New, DIverse Heroes”

“This week Marvel Comics revealed the lineup to their “All-New, All-Different Avengers” that will form after the events of this summer’s Secret Wars, and it certainly looks like they meant every word of that overly long title.

The team consists of classic members Iron Man and Vision, but also the African-American Sam Wilson continuing his role as Captain America and the female Thor who has the respect and blessing of the old Thor. Rounding out the team are three teenagers heroes — the plucky Sam Alexander as Nova, the Muslim Kamala Khan as the Spider-Man analogue for a new generation in Ms. Marvel, and an actual Spider-Man for a new generation, the half-black/half-hispanic Miles Morales.

What’s most surprising about this announcement isn’t how it’s packed full of diversity or that Miles will be surviving the assumed destruction of the Ultimate Universe in Secret Wars — although, hey, those are both great things — but that Marvel is showing earnest commitment to their newer heroes.

Marvel has been around for over 50 years, and despite the thousands of characters created in that time, generally the same core cast have been given the most spotlight: Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, and the Hulk. And due to the recent comic book and movie success, you can now add Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America to that list…

But what is so intriguing about Marvel’s All-New, All-Different Avengers is that the team lineup reads as a commitment to using those headline-grabbing characters instead of letting them fade into obscurity like so many others have in the past. It is, of course, too soon to say that Marvel has decided to embrace these characters for the long run, but currently, things are looking pretty good….”


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