Quesada was joined by a half dozen other Marvel editors and writers to discuss upcoming book releases and plans, as well as answer questions from the audience. The most interesting point of the panel came with a discussion on diversity started by a fan thanking Marvel.
A Little Diversity Can Go A Long Way
They have to be careful. And I have to be careful.
Diversity in comics, as in all forms of entertainment, is a good thing, generally speaking, and I support Marvel’s (and DC’s, and the other comics publishers’) steps towards making their comic universes more representative of society as a whole, not just worlds filled with Caucasian male superheroes, where the only color comes from the costumes. But Marvel and the rest need to tread with caution, lest they wind up succumbing to that fatal flaw of good storytelling—tokenism—the creating of new black, Latino, gay, bisexual, transgender, Muslim, or even female primary characters just for the sake of having them, not because the storylines support it. This is a sort of reverse racism, and it doesn’t benefit anyone; it actually cheapens the effort while it weakens the overall product. They also need to be careful lest, as those new characters are still largely written by Caucasian men, their efforts ring false.
And I need to be careful, lest anyone misconstrue what I’m saying and label me as prejudiced or racist just for having the brass to suggest that this new “diversity” is not necessarily a good thing.