By IronSpidy-Rooney 27 Comments
This is something I wanted to write about a couple of months ago but I didn't like the first version so I deleted it but here I am having another go and before I start, this is about the Marvel universe.
Anyway I have been thinking and it seems to me that almost all of the important Heroes in the Marvel universe are all American and white now I know you could argue that they are made in America they can be all American but still why haven't they branched out leave New York, set up shop somewhere else and bring in some new foreign Heroes to be part of the Avengers and when I'm talking about Race I am only talking about people and not any alien characters .
However if you think about it there are a lot of black super heroes but do they play a big part in the universe today. Off the top of my head here are all the black heroes part of the marvel universe I can name: Falcon, Black Panther, Storm, Patriot, The black Captain America, the late Bill Foster, War Machine, Luck Cage, Bill's replacement Black Goliath, and Brother Voodoo. Out of this list I would say 2 of the people in this list play a big part in the marvel universe. Brother Voodoo is the sorcerer supreme so he will have a part to play in times to come and of course Luke Cage one of the characters that I think made New Avengers the great book that it was and now he has taken over from Norman Osborn as head of the Thunderbolts. Some of you will argue with me about my 2 choices but when you think about it I'm right about my choices. Some of you might pick Storm but if you have been reading Doomwar she has fallen from her grace of one of the strongest members of the X-Men ever and a fearless fighter to someone who now seems Dependant on her husband the Black Panther, that is a relationship I would like to shine some light on. Why were they sworn into matrimony, I know it was shown that they had a history when they were young but was it only because they are both African that it seemed like a good idea to join them together? Some of you would probably say War Machine but sure he was in the latest Iron man movie and he had his own series a while back but now he only drifts in and out of the Invincible Iron man comic.
Now the reason I thought about this is because I am Irish and live in Ireland so I checked to see if there was any Irish Heroes and I found out that there is only 2 and if this didn't anger me enough one of them is DEAD. I am of course talking about Banshee and Siren the daughter of Banshee. I am quite unhappy with this as it means that there is only one Irish hero out there but for some reason I'm happy with the fact that there is enough British heroes to make their own team MI13 I think it was. Even though the Irish and English have a bad history I actually liked the Captain Britain secret invasion story. This doesn't change the fact that Marvel still hasn't branched out to other countries because with the Heroic age and everything else going on it might be a good idea for Steve Rodgers to gather or appoint someone to go all around Europe and gather together a European Avengers (The Eurovengers) from heroes from MI13 and that French superhero group that was in Fantastic Four comic during civil war like Charles Xavier did when the original X-men team were stuck on Karota.
When we think about it America's neighbor Canada, everyones favorite X-men and Avenger Wolverine came from there and so did Deadpool, it even had enough Heroes to form the super hero team Alpha Flight but most of them died in New Avengers except one of the survivors went on to form Omega Flight but they don't seem to be together as U.S Agent left to join the Mighty Avengers and Weapon Omega left to join the dark x-men. Another country that has its own super hero team is Russia hell Russia even has its own versions of Captain America and Iron Man so if they can have a team why can't Europe its just not fair that America has to run Super Heroism just like it has to run everything else, on top of that it is also not fair that the black hero seems to be taking a back seat lately bar the two I've mentioned
So I leave you with these questions, what is the position of race in comics ? Does any new hero sitting and waiting in the minds of our comic writers have to be American and white to become a success and gain the popularity of the readers it just doesn't seem right. Will we ever see a super hero team in Europe?
Has any of what I have said shined any light on it ?