The has continued to draw attention to the diversity (or lack thereof) in some of the most well-known organizations. For example, movementthe ‘s Anthony Mackie, though the have been called out by The Falcon and later somewhat backtracked on his remarks.
However, it seems that the perceived issues at writer has written a blog discussing what he says is the company’s big . aren’t limited to the screen, as a former
Warning: The quotes taken from the Marvel writer’s blog post contain strong language.
Iceman writer Sina Grace says needs to do more for diversity in its ranks
Grace claims that while at the company, he pitched to write for a core a and a “ namely the most iconic the company has: Spider-Man. The proposal was for an “all-ages” series.
According to Grace, he turned in an idea that he was happy with after much work, but was told to stick to Iceman as writing for an all-ages production requires experience in that field. However, Grace retorted that he actually has said experience:
“[‘s talent relations guy] said that only wanted people with experience in all-ages because there were different formatting rules than what goes into a standard script.
I mentioned that I did an all-ages book for Simon and Schuster, a middle grade series for Image Comics, short stories for Boom Studios, and edited an all-ages title for Robert Kirkman. The talent relations guy was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know all that.’”
Grace says that he didn’t hear any more and claims that none of the writers hired for the project had the “all-ages” experience the executive told him he needed.
writer says company’s diversity issues are prolific
Grace’s comments are not unlike those made by Anthony Mackie about the state of diversity in . Despite writing for one of the company’s more (Iceman had recently come out as gay), Grace claims that ‘s recent “inclusive PR moves” are merely skin-deep.
“Stories like what I’ve written need to be considered when discussing ifhas actually done anything to be accountable for not only hiring more diversely, but for fostering an environment where those people feel valued. My only advice to would be: fucking hire a third party organization to teach you all how to do this right… you can’t keep propping Sana up on a podium and pat yourselves on the back for doing half of the bare minimum.”
To the man on the street, and other diverse heroes as a step forward. looks like it has made a significant attempt to address its on the screen and on the page. While the “ mold” seems to represent the vast majority of those behind the camera (as per Mackie’s comments), audiences have seen a more diverse Avengers team as of recently, instead of the early cast in the MCU Phase One films. The current cast is certainly still majority white, but many fans see the introduction of
The and are universally popular, and though Black Panther and are diverse additions to the , many believe that more action needs to be taken behind the camera and the pages of the alike, given the recent comments made by Grace and Mackie.
Grace’s conclusion leaves his own impression of working for Marvel Comics:
“This is a company that has a bad reputation for not treating anybody fairly, so there is always the argument that is just run by a box of pythons who indiscriminately poison and devour folks.”
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