Marvel Fans Love Military Tech in Comics, But Not in Real Life

The Avengers need to save us from the military industrial complex!

With each new Marvel comic or movie, new weapons technology wows the audience of superhero nerds to no end. And what’s not to like about S.H.I.E.L.D. tech or the iron suits built by Stark Industries? They save the day every time. But that’s okay in a fantasy world, just not in reality for some Marvel fans.

Apparently, the Comic-Con segment have joined the woke crowd, because after Marvel announced a partnership with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, and that it planned a limited edition series of comics featuring a new set of corporate heroes alongside The Avengers, the millennial set — who still play dress up — lost their Marvel marbles. 

Prior to the Comic-Con in New York earlier this month, Marvel invited fans to its booth to see how the two industries are “joining forces” and to get a glimpse of some new heroes: NGEN, short for Northrop Grumman Elite Nexus. But that was all too triggering to social justice geeks:



And as usual, the outrage worked and Marvel canceled the partnership faster than Mach 6. The Guardian posted reactions from the usual suspects:

“I think it was a terrible idea to begin with to try to merge these two worlds,” said Nick Greer from Groton, Connecticut, who was dressed as the Marvel character Nick Fury. “They saw the backlash and they shut it down.”

“Northrop Grumman is a huge defense contractor and after something like the Las Vegas mass shooting, it makes extra sense that people would be pretty upset about such a partnership,” said Kevin Heyel from Rye, New York. “It’s a good vibe here at Comic Con and that kind of tie-in could have disrupted that. But I’m shocked that they pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute.”

Diana Marano, a New Yorker, was dressed as Harley Quinn, a character she described as “Joker’s girlfriend” from DC Comics’ Batman story. She said it was inappropriate for a company that “makes weaponry” to be promoted in a comic series.

Patrick Mahoney, accompanying Marano and dressed as a Star Wars-inspired character, Darth Omegus, said: “I want my fantasy to be my fantasy and my reality to be my reality. I don’t want them crossing over and getting a sense that Donald Trump is going to pop up in my X-Men comic. I like my comics to be fiction for a reason.”

Tom Catt, a Brooklyn drag queen who declined to give his real name, was attending dressed as Cat Woman and with his friend Tony Ray, who was kitted out as the Voltron comic character Princess Allura. Tom Catt said Marvel was guilty of “the militarization of our comics” and said the company had “failed the fan test”.

*As a side note, all persons quoted above were back home and safely tucked in bed by mommy before the clock struck midnight.

Marvel released a statement:

The activation with Northrop Grumman at New York Comic Con was meant to focus on aerospace technology and exploration in a positive way. However, as the spirit of that intent has not come across, we will not be proceeding with this partnership, including this weekend’s event programming.

Marvel and Northrop Grumman continue to be committed to elevating, and introducing, STEM to a broad audience.