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The Return Of That Feminist Agenda T-Shirt (Marvel Comics Spoilers)

It was the cover that launched a thousand threads on 4chan/co: "Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda" sported by Mockingbird on the cover of her solo comic written by Chelsea Cain. It was a mocking cover that was seized upon my critics looking for an actual feminist agenda at Marvel comics — as if equality of vote, opportunity, and pay was somehow a bad thing.


Nevertheless, it was attacked as everything that was wrong with Marvel Comics, turning some of their superhero comics into titles that women and girls might be more likely to read. And then seized on by others as everything that could be right about Marvel Comics — for exactly the same reason.

The controversy saw Marvel rename the second collection of the series to "Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda" and put the cover on the front. By then, the series had already been cancelled, but the second collection performed a lot stronger than expected and has gone through multiple printings.

With Marvel Legacy, and a move seen by some as away from the diversity that Marvel's comics currently enjoy, is there room for such a cover again? Well, yes, possibly. Quite literally in fact.

Because I get the nod from folk at San Diego Comic-Con that The Amazing Spider-Man #789 will feature Peter Parker sleeping in Mockingbird's apartment. On the couch, of course — and wearing her "Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda" shirt.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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