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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

 

Many of Marvel’s stories have had overtones of tolerance. Perhaps the easiest comparison to make has to do with the X-Men. Many of the events in those stories felt like direct parallels to events going on during the Civil Rights Movement, and the stories have always fell to the side of tolerance over hatred.

This is why it’s no surprise that Marvel icon Stan Lee took to Marvel’s official YouTube channel to preach tolerance.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

“Marvel has always been, and always will be, a reflection of the world right outside our window. That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories of heroism. Those stories have room for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, religion or color of their skin.”

“The only things we don’t have room for 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.”

There was no context for the video, but given the current political and racial climate, as well as the recent shooting in Vegas, it’s a message that’s great to hear.

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SOURCE: Marvel Entertainment

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Stan 4 Prezident!!!

  • donzai

    lmfao. this guy only hired white artists and writers for basically two decades. if jim lee or even joe quesada wanted a job in the 40’s at marvel? stan ‘the man’ leibowitz would have laughed them out the door.

  • Ed Scudder

    Stan is the Man!! He is speaking out against intolerance. How can you be against that? In the old days, Jews (and Italians) were considered a “minority,” and Stan hired plenty of those guys. Has he led a perfect life? Maybe not, but he is getting better and wiser with age. I am proud to call him my Hero!

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.