Much has been made of Marvel's recent decision to publish a publish of variant covers for their comics featuring Marvel-themed versions of famous hip-hop covers.
There have been allegations of appropriation, and of outright theft, but it hasn't stopped them from being popular.
They quote occasional Bleeding Cool contributor Joe Illidge as saying,
The bigger issue is the lasting promise of Marvel's commitment to diversity, which is of greater import and impact than the Avengers posing like the Roots.
And Marvel EIC Axel Alonso as saying,
"Whenever we do something that's new or controversial, you can anticipate that there will be negative feedback first and foremost out of the gate…That's what happens when you make Thor a woman, Ms. Marvel Pakistani or Captain America black. You can't be deterred by that. All we can do is put our best foot forward and let the actual work speak for itself."