Marvel Comics has long billed itself as a reflection of the real world, where heroes and everyday people alike grapple with real problems. But as legendary Stan Lee makes clear in a new video message, there's no place in either the Marvel Universe or in ours for hatred and discrimination.
In the video, posted this morning on Marvel's YouTube channel, the 94-year-0ld creator reaffirms the publisher's stories of heroism "have room for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion or color of their skin."
"The only things we don't have room for," Lee continues, "are hatred, intolerance and bigotry. That man next to you -- he's your brother. That woman over there -- she's your sister. And that kid walking by -- hey, who knows, he may have the proportionate strength of a spider! We're all part of one big family -- the human family -- and we all come together in the body of Marvel."
Lee's message arrives not only in the wake of the violent white nationalist protest in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a recent public resurgence of white supremacy in the United States, but also increasing pushback from some corners of comic book fandom against Marvel's efforts to diversify its superheroes with the addition of characters like Kamala Khan, Miles Morales and Amadeus Cho.