Ya know something interesting about the Marvel/DC ‘rivalry’ on tumblr?
Everyone acts like DC is this super regressive company compared to Marvel when DC really did more progressive stuff first and is still doing so.
Women as heroes?
DC’s had Wonder Woman as one of their three major heroes forever, but everyone ignores that because “But she doesn’t have a movie yet” (more on that later)
While Marvel can claim the first black hero in comics with Black Panther, DC actually had heroes talking explicitly about race with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, and did a lot of issues with progressiveism and liberalism vs convsativism in the Green Arrow/Green Lantern series (including a black person calling out Hal on how little he did to fight oppression on earth as he did the rest of the universe), and Green Arrow and Hawkeye arguing politics was a common thread of their time on the JLA together.
Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero with no criminal record (Luke Cage did get his powers in prison, it’s kinda stereotypical)
DC itself actually funded and published Milestone comics, a comics company entirely devoted to more diverse comics. If you’ve ever heard of Static you owe DC comics.
Marvel has never had anything even remotely equivalent.
When it comes to LGBT stuff, DC comics had a lesbian Batwoman and a lesbian woman taking over from a male hero in The Question.
While not a hero explicitly DC has a transwoman supporting character in Batgirl. (And I’m not even counting the trans characters in Vertigo books.)
It has Alan Scott being gay inthe Nu52 continuity,
I know Grace Choi was bisexual pre-reboot (I don’t know the current status)
Had a gay black teen hero in the Superboy & the Ravers comic in the 90s, as well as the character of Obsidian who was a major supporting character in the JSA.
The idea of characters of color or a different gender taking the place of legacy characters is nothing new for DC.
Like I mentioned, a lesbian Latin@ became the Question, there was an asian woman hero Doctor Light, a black woman Doctor Midnight, a Latina became the new Wildcat.
Now I mentioned I’d get back to movies later on and, let’s look at DC & Marvels movies in terms of ethnicity here, most notably the recent casting rumors.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson basically said he’d be playing Shazam.
Shazam, a previously white hero, played by a Black & Samoan man.
Aquaman, if rumors are to be believed, will be played by Jason Momoa.
Aquaman, a white blonde haired, blue eyed hero, played by a Samoan man.
Meanwhile over at Marvel….Well Falcon and Rhodey get to exist, but they’re up to this point still just little more than sidekicks to the white heroes in the movies.
Marvel makes a movie about a superhero team and goes “Yeah, everyone is still white as they were in the 1960s.”
DC looks at their superhero team and says “We need to make the team more diverse, even if it means changing the race of the heroes” and people act like they’re some super regressive company.
I’m fine with folks preferring one company over the other.
I’m fine with folks being excited Marvel is having legacy characters change race and/or gender with who gets to pick up the legacy.
But as a lifelong comic fan it’s kinda annoying to see people praising Marvel as super progressive for doing shit DC did in the 80s and still does to this day.
Especially when with Marvel it’s coming across far more as a blatant publicity grabs.
Okay I see your point
But let’s agree that both companies have had their ups and downs and not try to attack the other side just because we’re upset, okay?
At this point, DC seems to be going in a negative direction with their movies and such whereas Marvel is going in a positive direction. That’s what people are noticing, from what I understand.
Oh I’m mostly let each other enjoy things but I’ve seen so many posts attacking DC I had to point out DC already did most of the stuff Marvel is being praised for doing right now.
As to the positive direction and negative direction with movies, I question how one defines that.
Like I said, DC is making Shazam a hero played by a Samoan and Black man, and possibly making Aquaman a Samoan man as well.
Marvel is still ho-humming about “maybe we’ll have a Black Panther movie, someday, it’s just so hard to get a good script about an African Superhero together….here’s our movies about Norse Gods and here’s a movie with a talking raccoon, those are easier movies to make than an African king/superhero.”
So here’s the remake of this crappy thing i did. I think this one’s much more nicier, the colors look way better, although the flowers still look bad, oh well i will improve i promise.
YESTERDAY’S UPDATE WAS THE MOST PERFECT THING EVER ahhhh i think i might die of happiness and excitement for the next thurdsday!!
Still have Gil and Maggie
(and if we’re lucky and Odin happens to be Pedri’s host)to go!
Steph’s continuing love affair with gravity, Part 1
"There will always be something bigger and better. Even if you get a decent result, you’ll never be able to become ‘The Best’. You’ll fall short somewhere. Despite knowing that, just what sort of motivation is driving all of you to keep at it?!”
M E R C U R Y P O W E R M A K E U P!
i cant stop laughing help
Adventure Time animator does art of Haruka and Michiru making out. Why is tumblr so wonderful.
“You don’t have any siblings. Fighting is all part of the healing process.”
Meet the cast of Big Hero 6! 4 more weeks of animation production , we can see the finish line!
Also, if you are at the San Diego Comic Con , there’s this:
The Art of Big Hero Six
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designers Paul Felix, Scott Watanabe, and character designers Shiyoon Kim and Jin Kim.
catching up with korra s3! can’t wait to see more of the villains this season >:)