An Open Letter to Fanboys

Freaking Out and Geeking Out

Dear Fanboys,

I know you’re upset over the apparent “robbery” of “your” characters: the loss of your Doctors and Thors to women, your white Peter Parker “usurped” by Afro-Hispanic Miles Morales, your straight Hal Jordan “taken over” by queer Alan Parker, your blonde Captain Marvel flying out so Pakistani Muslim Khamala Khan can soar in.

How dare they touch your precious characters, you cry. And all in the name of something as ridiculous as “politically correct” culture.

You cry out to the geekdom gods: “Why have you forsaken me?”

Oh, my dears.

Just stop.

Seriously.

This is exactly what you sound like. Do you really want to be Dudley Dursley?

Enough with the cries of “P.C. culture is ruining geekdom” and “the canon says this character has to be THIS way,” as if those characters don’t already break accepted laws of physics and science.

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5 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Fanboys

  1. The Laughable Cheese

    I find myself wanting to explore the characters that already exist and written by others in different ways. personally. but also feel guilty, cause i feel like it should be the original author that does that, that only truly knows the character fully, and we just assume we know them..

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    1. Good point! I noticed that this version of Spiderman is very different from the Raimi version, for example, now that the rights have reverted to the original creators of the character. They know their character the best.

      I’m still upset that Miles Morales isn’t Spiderman (even though I loved Homecoming) but I have hope for a future in which we’ll get to see both Spidermen together, like in the comics.

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  2. Thought provoking as usual. If I may, I’d like to offer a different perspective. I am not usually interested in this kind of reinvention because I prefer creating new characters while maintaining a certain amount of consistency with the old. That’s one reason I am so fascinated with the Black Panther and his mythical kingdom. I have hopes for Cyborg in the DCEU as well. Keep jabbing in the needle and stirring the pot. Good things can come of it. Take care.

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    1. I dont actually have a problem with reinventing old characters but I find that I very much PREFER the characters who were already diverse. I feel like telling those stories will have a great effect on those original character’s stories, and making them more popular, which is why I get more excited for Black Panther than I would for female Thor, for example.

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