As Marvel releases dozens of new titles in this end-of-the-year quarter, there is plenty for fanboys to argue about on well traveled web-boards. It is not often, however, that the Fox & Friends morning show throws in their two-cents as well.
After the new Captain America, Sam Wilson, confronted a racial right-wing anti-immigration group in the first issue, closeted racists have been ranting and raving that Cap has abandoned his America. Pundits across the country have accused Captain America of treason, petitions were started to fire everyone involved, and many people are embarrassingly calling for superheroes to “stay out of politics.” They may have forgotten that comics have always been political and Captain America is usually a dissenter from the American empire.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources to discuss the new comics and the various stories around them, he responded to questions about the issue, and especially Fox News’ bizarre ranting about the issue.
Look, if you’re going to tell stories about a hero in red, white and blue tights, you’re probably going to talk about the world around you, and it’s going to provoke a negative reaction from someone. That said, Fox News’ reaction kinda made us scratch our heads because it didn’t seem like anyone actually read this issue. I mean, the chief bad guy — a Sons of the Serpent commander — declares himself an extremist that chooses lethal violence over peaceful participation in the democratic process. He is a textbook bad guy on his way to massacring unarmed civilians when Cap swoops down to stop him.
This will not be the last time that Marvel initiates political controversy with their books, which is inevitable when you have comics that have adult maturity and take on challenging issues. It also says a lot about the defensiveness of the American right as they double down in defense of immigration restriction.