Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts

Marvel Comics took the extraordinary step firing Chuck Wendig, an acclaimed writer working for them as a freelancer. Reportedly Marvel fired him over posts he made on his personal Twitter account. Here is what Mr. Wendig said about the situation on his Twitter account:

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

 

Chuck Wendig had his personal, verified Twitter account long before he began writing comic books for Marvel, and he’ll have it for a long time to come. This is the tweet that most likely landed him in hot water with Marvel:

This tweet irritated a good many Trump supporters. Members of the cash grab known as Comicsgate made a very big deal about it. Not only do they enjoy paying $35 for 48-page comics not yet published, but they also enjoy going after SJWs, cucks, soyboys, cultural Marxists, and people who don’t support Donald Trump. In other words, roughly 60% of the country.

Some of the biggest and most respected GOP celebrities, people like Dinesh D’Souza, Ben Shapiro, and even Curt “bankruptcy” Schilling, began publicly chastising Mr. Windig over his anti-GOP, anti-Trump tweets. Mr. Windig’s tweets then may or may not have come to the attention of Ike Perlmutter.

Who is Ike Perlmutter?

Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter

Ike Perlmutter is a super-weird billionaire and a massive Donald Trump supporter. He’s not only best friends with Trump, he reportedly secretly co-managers the Department of Veteran Affairs from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s favorite country club. Ike Perlmutter is also the chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment.

It’s not outside the realm of possibilities to think Perlmutter somehow heard about Chuck Wendig’s Twitter activity, perhaps someone in his inner circle listening to The Ben Shapiro Show, and ordered Marvel editorial to show Mr. Wendig the door. Something had to have recently happened considering Mr. Wendig has always been vocal about his disdain for Republicans and their politics.

What Marvel Comics did was terrible

How Marvel Comics could go after a person because of their free speech is more than ridiculous. Books publishers traditionally placed great value on free speech. Not Marvel Comics. I’m glad I don’t spend much money on Marvel books. I was reading their Star Wars books, but I probably will not do that anymore.

 

Joss Whedon compares immigration enforcement agents to the German SS

Joss Whedon, the man behind TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly and the director of the Marvel Comics movies Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron went on Twitter and made a derogatory comment about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. He compared them to President Donald Trump’s SS.

The SS were Adolf Hitler’s elite soldiers responsible for the most grotesque and inhuman atrocities of World War Two. For example, the German SS operated the concentration camps located throughout Europe responsible for the extermination of over six million Jewish people.

The German SS were the worst of the worst. They were so despised by Allied soldiers that when captured, their surrender would not be accepted and they would be shot on sight.

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German Waffen SS Recruitment Poster from 1941.

If Joss Whedon truly believes federal ICE agents are anything like the German SS, he’s an idiot.

I have nothing but admiration and sympathy for federal ICE agents. Their job is not an easy one. They’re tasked with enforcing the laws passed by Congress and signed into law by various presidents. ICE agents didn’t create our immigration laws, our elected leaders did.

Joss Whedon knows this, yet he goes on Twitter and says something defamatory and completely untrue about people he doesn’t know. I think the only reason he did something like this was to send a message to his social justice compatriots. He may be a male feminist hypocrite, but he can still talk shit about federal law enforcement with the best of them.

Joss Whedon is dead to me. It pains me to say that. Even though I’ve consumed and enjoyed his work in the past, I can no longer do so in the future. Firefly is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Every couple of years I binge watch every episode. I don’t ever see myself doing that again.

Can you still pretend you are a male feminist when you kill a woman?

YouTube personality and male feminist Aleksandr Kolpakov (a.k.a. Russian Deadpool) is sitting in a Colorado jail cell awaiting trial for second-degree murder. Kolpakov shot girlfriend and YouTube channel co-host Heather Anable in the neck and chest, killing her.

If you’ve never heard of Russian Deadpool before now, I envy you. I’m only aware of him because he was the co-moderator of a “debate” between Carl Benjamin (a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad) and Kristi Winters. The debate was held on Kolpakov and Anable’s YouTube channel, The Skeptic Feminist.

Before you try to watch the debate, I recommend brewing a pot of strong coffee and snorting some crushed up NoDoz.

I tried to watch the debate shortly after it happened, but I found it too boring to watch. The topic was Is Feminism Good for the World. Kristi was debating for the affirmative, Carl was debating for the negative. My favorite part was the anime poster behind the two moderators. I don’t know a lot about formal debate, by I would think one of the first things you would want to do is get rid of decor that doesn’t have anything to do with the subject. How hard is it to take down an anime poster?

Is Aleksandr Kolpakov still a feminist?

If you’re sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial for murdering a woman, can you still call yourself a male feminist?  I don’t think so. I think killing a woman means an automatic expulsion from the male feminist club. There are many types of feminists practicing many types of feminism, but I’ve got to think a common belief all feminists share is the belief that killing a defenseless woman is wrong.

Kolpakov still believes he’s a feminist. He’s even still using the Russian Deadpool pseudonym. He’s been corresponding with feminist YouTuber Jenny McDermott. She’s made videos about their correspondence. In the first video, she held up a letter he wrote to her and you can clearly see where he signed it as “Aleksandr Kolpakov AKA Russian Deadpool.”

What a dirt bag. When you shoot and kill someone, maybe you should retire the YouTube username based on a comic book character who shoots people. I imagine Marvel Comics isn’t too happy to have their intellectual property associated with someone like Aleksandr Kolpakov. This case will most likely get more publicity when he goes on trial. Evidently Kolpakov is blaming his actions on poisoned psychedelic mushrooms, so I’m sure the case will have lots and lots of needless drama. If Aleksandr Kolpakov has any honor, he’d plead guilty and spare Heather Anable’s family the ordeal of a trial.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the trial shows up as a Dateline episode.

Captain America is a Hydra sleeper agent

Marvel Comics retconned the hell out of one of its most prized pieces of intellectual property last week. They made Captain America a Hydra sleeper agent. Not only did they make Steve Rogers a Hydra agent, they did it by adding it to his backstory. We see that he and his mother were recruited by Hydra back in 1926. That means everything Steve Rogers has done in the past 75 years as Captain America has been done by a Hydra sleeper agent.

To drive home the point that Captain America is evil, we see him murder Jack Flag.

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Can you fly Jack Flag?

At least it looked like Captain America murdered Jack Flag. He chucked him out the back of an aircraft without a parachute. Then again, Marvel might have retconned Jack Flag so that he had the power of flight, or maybe he’s actually Thor.

I think Thor is a woman now, so I doubt he’s Thor.

I imagine hardcore fans of Captain America are pretty distraught over this. The writer who wrote Steve Rogers Captain America #1, the comic the retcon took place, has reportedly received death threats on social media. Although I don’t support or condone death threats, even fake ones on social media, I can certainly see how someone could be upset over this.

Imagine someone reading Captain America books for years, spending thousands of dollars on Captain America collectibles only to find out that he was a Hydra agent the whole time. Some people have a strong emotional connection to comic book characters. There are people who have had Captain America tattooed on their body, not because of how he looked, but because of what he represented.

I’ve never been a fan of Captain America

Captain America always seemed a bit too patriotic, almost as though he was trying to compensate for something. I imagined he was the type of guy who would always try to get you to join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every 15 minutes. You love America Steve, we get it. Now give it a rest.

Then there’s the way Steve Rogers obtained his superpowers. He was a hapless weakling until they injected him with Super-Soldier Serum. In other words, they gave him performance enhancers to make him into something he wasn’t. He was Lance Armstrong before Lance Armstrong. At least Lance Armstrong was pretty good at riding a bicycle before taking performance enhancers. The same cannot be said for Steve Rogers. Without performance enhancers, he was nothing.

Sometimes comic books can be really stupid. Captain America retconned as a Hydra sleeper agent? This is one of those times.

Gary Friedrich and Marvel Comics settle over Ghost Rider differences

Gary Friedrich

Comic book writer Gary Friedrich and Marvel Comics (Disney) have settled their differences over ownership of the Ghost Rider character.
From Bleeding Cool, the comic book community’s propaganda rag website of record:

In a letter filed Friday to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest by Friedrich’s lawyer, Charles Kramer, it is said that his client and Marvel ”have amicably agreed to resolve all claims between, among, and against all parties.” Deadlines for the case have been suspended pending a final settlement. The trial had been slated to start December 16th.

Hopefully, this means Friedrich is walking away with some money for his troubles. Marvel Comics really showed its ass with its treatment of Friedrich, going after him for unlicensed Ghost Rider prints he was selling at various comic book conventions.

It was a ridiculous thing to do. First of all, the man created Ghost Rider. Without him, there would be no Ghost Rider. Second of all, anyone who has ever been to a comic book convention knows that it’s rife with copyright infringement. You have artists doing commission sketches for fans, many going for hundreds of dollars, based on characters they don’t have the legal rights to. You have vendors selling prints and other items featuring licensed characters without obtaining a license from the copyright owner.

Technically, it’s all copyright infringement. To only go after Friedrich was vindictive and mean.

Comic book writer Dan Slott gets death threats

Dan Slott

From a Dan Slott interview posted on Comic Book Resources in late August:

I’m really happy with our 1-2-3 punch of #698, #699 and #700. I think people are not going to forget this one. This story will raise some really strong emotions in Spider-Man fans. It will probably be one of the biggest things I ever do to a Marvel Comics character in my career.
I don’t know if people will start making little dart boards of me or not for this one. I’ve said it before, but I’m going into hiding after issue #700 comes out. I’m not looking at message boards. I’m not poking my head up out of that hole, because what happens in issue #700 is big!

Amazing Spider-Man #700

It would appear that even though Amazing Spider-Man #700 hasn’t been released, strong emotions in Spider-Man fans have already been raised. Spoilers to the issue have been popping up online and reportedly Slott has received death threats over the story.

Seriously, death threats.

Death threats are wrong

It’s difficult for me to understand how anyone can threaten the life of someone over something they wrote about a fictional character. There’s real life and then there’s pretend life. What happens in comic books is pretend life. It’s hard for me to believe how anyone could threaten, let alone kill someone over a comic book. Then again, before last Friday, it would have been hard for me to believe that a person could go to an elementary school and slaughter 26 defenseless people, 20 of which were small children, with a military-style assault rifle.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there are some really weird and deranged people out there who are capable of saying just about anything.

Photo: CJM