Marvel Comics, who’ve created some of the most iconic fictional characters like the X-men, the Amazing Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, just to name a few, has come under critical fire lately due to it’s progressive approach when reinventing some of it’s classic characters. They have been doing this in recent times with characters like: Thor, Captain America, Spiderman and in the latest Fantastic Four movie, the Human Torch.
Most recently joining the roster undergoing an identity transformation, is it’s character Moon-Boy. Moon-Boy, a primitive, young caveman-humanoid species, covered almost completely in blue-like fur (all except the palms of his hands, soles of his feet and face) has Tarzan-like strength and the ability to forage and thrive in the wild, as he was part of a tribe of early humans in an alternate Earth reality. This alternate Earth universe, apparently being the one in which all of Marvel’s characters reside, as he and Devil Dinosaur (his companion) seem to have many run-ins with a plethora of Marvel’s roster. He also has the ability to communicate with his partner in crime, a Tyrannosaurus Rex whom he saved from a rival tribe who killed it’s mother and siblings. They tried torching the creature but managed only to permanently scorch his skin, making it permanently bright red. Moon-boy aptly named him, Devil.
Fast-forward to Marvel’s most recent interpretation of Moon-boy and we have: Moon-girl; an African-American, pre-teen female who’s powers are said to be, unlike any other superhero. Marvel not only wanted to bring new life to these two figures, but also wanted to breathe a whole new air of freshness into the legacy, thus bringing it to modern day New York City; world’s away from pre-historic, alternate Earth of 616 A.D. This drastic change will not only give writers exciting new ways to expand on Devil’s stories, but it represents a whole new generation; in this case, a generation of young black girls. It gives them a superhero they can see themselves in; someone they can be inspired by and look up to, letting them know that ANYONE can be ANYTHING.
Marvel Comics must be applauded in their efforts to incorporate a more diverse cast of nationalities into the realm of fantasy. They want to include those previously unrepresented, which I find admirable. Today’s world is only becoming more accepting, inclusive and diversified. Why not our superheroes?
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