“Marvel Create Your Own allows fans to create comics featuring the studio’s huge cast of characters, from Captain America to the Guardians of the Galaxy,” theguardian.co.uk reports. “The online platform allows fans to combine various backgrounds and character images with editable speech bubbles.” No capes! Wait. Yes capes! No guns . . .
The terms and conditions of the tool also stipulate what cannot be included in the comics. Death and guns are not allowed. Swearing is also banned, as is the time-honoured comic book device of substituting symbols for swear words.
“Suggestive or revealing images,” including “bare midriffs”, are not allowed, nor are double entendres and “noises related to bodily functions”.
“Prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication, vitamins and dietary supplements” are also forbidden, as is contraception. More abstractly, “sensationalism” is banned, for which a few examples are offered: killer bees, aliens, gossip and scandal.
No scantiluy-clad transgender superhero displaying rock hard abs high on Oxy making sexual puns as Ze shoots aliens who slept with Donald Trump? Where’s the fun in that?
According to The Guardian [of UK liberals’ progressive delusions, not the galaxy], the censorship stems from Marvel’s commercially-driven misogyny and homophobia.
In April, a Marvel executive blamed declining comic book sales on the increased presence of women and non-white characters, saying: “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.”
Did you know Captain America used to carry a 1911? True story! Well fiction. Speaking of made up sh*t, here it is!