How ‘All-New, All-Different’ Are We Talking About, Marvel?

MARVEL’s Secret Wars arc is wrapping up and, like a particularly staid and predictable phoenix assuring the public of its imminent return before bursting into flames, the studio has promised it...

MARVEL’s Secret Wars arc is wrapping up and, like a particularly staid and predictable phoenix assuring the public of its imminent return before bursting into flames, the studio has promised it won’t take long for new stories to rise from the ashes. For a while, in print at least, MARVEL has been playing Gallant to DC’s Goofus when it comes to issues of diversity. Today’s Reddit leak of their new lineup for All-New, All-Different MARVEL is a wake-up tap to the side of readers’ and critics’ collective heads, reminding readers that while Gallant might have his shit together most days, he’s no less an able, white cis dude than his schlubbier associate.

Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Captain Marvel), G. Willow Wilson (A-Force, Ms. Marvel), and Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin) with the possible addition of Nicole Perlman (her title, Gamora, was announced at an earlier date but not included on the list of leaked titles) are the only women in the All-New writers’ lineup. Between the leaked titles and those announced prior to the leak, that puts them up against better than ten times as many men, primarily white and straight, with not one transgender author or artist in the entire All-New bench.

Artists don’t fare any better in the demographic breakdown with only two women, Stacey Lee, and Stephanie Hans in the bullpen. The comics themselves are, in a development simultaneously irksome and refreshing, more diverse. Women abound in titles like Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Silk, and The Mighty Thor, but it’s primarily men writing and drawing them and, ultimately, men profiting from their sale. The ensemble titles, too, like Web Warriors and upcoming B.P.R.D lookalike Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D are dominated by men. The Howling Commandos preview cover is an eye-rolling assembly of its central team with the sole female member contorted to present both side-boob and ass.

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  • Carnage by Gerry Conway & Mike Perkins
  • Venom: Spaceknight by Robbie Thompson & Ariel Olivetti
  • Ultimates by Al Ewing & Kenneth Rocafort
  • Web Warriors by Mike Costa & David Baldeon
  • Spider-Man 2099 by Peter David & Will Sliney
  • Spider-Woman by Dennis Hopeless & Javier Rodriguez
  • Daredevil by Charles Soule & Ron Garney
  • Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Frank Barbiere & Brent Schoonover
  • Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott & Giuseppe Camuncoli
  • Silk by Robbie Thompson & Stacey Lee
  • Uncanny Avengers by Gerry Duggan & Ryan Stegman
  • All-New Wolverine by Tom Taylor & David Lopez
  • Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land
  • All-New X-Men by Dennis Hopeless & Mark Bagley
  • Old Man Logan by Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino
  • Nova by Sean Ryan & Cory Smith
  • Hawkeye by Jeff Lemire & Ramon Perez
  • Karnak by Warren Ellis & Gerardo Zaffino
  • New Avengers by Al Ewing & Gerardo Sandoval
  • Illuminati by Josh Williamson & Shawn Crystal
  • Sam Wilson, Captain America by Nick Spencer & Daniel Acuna
  • Star-Lord by Sam Humphries & artist to be announced
  • Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis & Valerio Schiti
  • Scarlet Witch by James Robinson and artist to be announced
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa & Adrian Alphona
  • Angela: Asgard’s Assassin by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto & Stephanie Hans
  • Howard the Duck  by Chip Zdarsky & Joe Quinones
  • Deadpool by Gerry Duggan & Mike Hawthorne
  • The Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Marc Guggenheim & artist to be announced

Titles announced at previous dates but not included on the leaked list include but are not limited to:

  • Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis & Valerio Schiti
  • Ant-Man by Nick Spencer & Ramon Rosanas
  • Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire & Humberto Ramos
  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
  • Drax by CM Punk, Cullen Bunn & Ed McGuinness
  • Squadron Supreme by James Robinson & Leonadrd Kirk
  • The Vision by Tom King & Gabriel H. Walta
  • Uncanny Inhumans by Charles Soule & Steve McNiven
  • Contest of Champions by Al Ewing & Paco Medina
  • Captain Marvel by Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas & Kris Anka
  • Doctor Strange by Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo
  • All-New All-Different Avengers by Mark Waid, Adam Kubert & Mahmud Asrar
  • A-Force by G. Willow Wilson & Victor Ibanez
  • The Totally Awesome Hulk by Greg Pak & Frank Cho

MARVEL’s lineup has some intriguing prospects. Doubling down on the space opera elements of its multiverse could pay dividends, as could pursuing breakout hits like Spider-Gwen and Ms. Marvel, but as long as the tired boys’ club atmosphere continues to permeate new work, there’s a ceiling as to how excited I can get.

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Gretchen A. Felker-Martin

Gretchen Felker-Martin is an inveterate re-watcher of television, a sucker for Kurosawa and Kubrick, and a firm believer in the Lacanian death drive. They enjoy writing, cliff diving, nachos, and dungeons & dragons with their friends.

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