Well, OK, personally I find nothing very interesting about them at all but still:
A boss at Marvel has blamed a fall in sales on its move towards more diverse characters.
David Gabriel, who’s vice president of sales, claims readers are “turning their noses up” at diversity and don’t “want female characters out there”.
Comic book sales have been falling at the company since October.
But some fans argue it’s actually rebooted and complicated storylines putting them off instead.
In the last few years. Marvel’s brought in more gay, non-white and female characters.
But many are new versions of old characters and some fans aren’t happy about that.
They include a female Thor, a mixed-race Spider-Man, a black teenager who took over the Iron Man story and a Muslim Ms Marvel.
Iceman also came out as gay.
“I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.
“Any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up.”
One stab at an explanation. The Marvel characters are, underneath the superficial differences, archetypes. Of the hero, the evil, the duplicitous and so on, just as with the various folk characters and archetypes they’re so obviously mimicking. And what the actual archetypes are changes rather more slowly than what some people think they should.
If that’s so then the answer is possibly quite simple. New female characters should perhaps be based upon those folk female archetypes, not just female versoins of male ones?