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When Message Board Posters Write Marvel's Comics for Them

Two comic books. Thor and All-New Captain America.

The first has a mystery woman take the role of the god of thunder, spinning Mjolnir, after Thor was judged unworthy to wield his own powers.

And second has Sam Wilson, The Falcon, a black man, taking the role of Captain America, after age caught up with Steve Rogers.

Some response has been that of outrage. And it seems that the writers of both series, Jason Aaron and Rick Remender have incorporated them into the dialogue in their comics.

First, Thor #5, who saw a fight with Crusher Creel get very meta indeed.

Thor #5 (2015) - Page 5Thor #5 (2015) - Page 6And then the upcoming All-New Captain America #5…

ANCAPA2014005-int2-2-f6c35 ANCAPA2014005-int2-3-1ac4aIt does feel a little cut-and-pasted from /co or foxnation doesn't it? And if so, here's the real question, do those original message board posters get credit or royalties? I think not.

So be careful out there, when you are saying that a female Thor is far worse than a frog Thor or that there ain't no black in Cap. You might find yourself appearing in the very comic book you are criticising…


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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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