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Everything That Happens in Comics is 'Forced'

This is "Just a Reminder," when I look back at comic book history whenever I think there's something worthwhile to look back at on in connection with things going on today. This time around, we're looking at how the concept of "forced" diversity is absurd.

A common criticism that you'll see bandied about a bit, especially whenever a superhero film comes out that stars either a non-white lead...

or a female lead...

is that the people making the criticism have no problem with black leads or female leads, they just hate that the movie studios are "forcing" the release of these films. In other words, if not for the studios making a concerted effort to release a film starring a black person or a woman, these films would star white, male leads.

And there is some truth to that viewpoint, but not in the way that these folks believe it.

It is true that when Marvel Studios decided to release Captain Marvel as a film, the studio made a concerted effort to have the film star a woman. Same thing with Black Panther. The studio made a concerted effort to have the film star a black actor. However, the studio also made a concerted effort to release Iron Man, a film starring a white male lead...

All decisions when it comes to who stars in a movie are a concerted effort. All of it is technically "forced." This is because there is no default sex/ethnicity of the lead of a superhero film. These folks believe that white and male is just the default state and that anything that differs from that is a concerted effort. That is not the case. Choosing a white male lead is a choice in and of itself.

There is no such thing as a "default" superhero lead.

It is true that most famous superheroes over the years have been white guys. That is because the creators of those characters chose to make them white men. You could easily just say, "Well, that's what was selling at the time" and that's a fair thing to say, but it WAS a choice. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby didn't just say, "Okay, let's create the Fantastic Four. Oh, they're all white people. Well, what are we going to do? The choice has been made for us. We can't change what has already been established."

The same thing is true, but probably even more absurd when it comes to the membership of superhero teams. This is because the membership of superhero teams has always been ABSURDLY "forced," and yet people only seem to view it as such when said "forced" behavior leads to a diverse member joining the team.

For an example, let's look at the Avengers...

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