Newswire: Marvel exec says readers don’t want “diversity”

Over the last few years, Marvel has made a decent push to include characters that aren’t just “straight white males what hit things” in its roster of heroes. Characters like the kid-friendly Moon Girl, a female Thor, Pakistani American superhero Kamala Khan, and many more have all graced the company’s covers in a welcome reflection of the realities of the wider world. (A lot of them are being written solely by men, admittedly, but the intentions seem to be there.) But the company has also seen sales flag, with its comics unable to thrive in the open market despite the current pop culture superhero boom. Now, an executive in the company has linked these two phenomena, telling saying in a recent interview that they’re hearing from retailers that readers are rejecting the company’s push for diversity. According to vice president of sales David Gabriel,

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