Chuck Wendig says he was removed from the series "Shadow of Vader", with two songs that were left unwritten, over the "negativity and vulgarity" that his tweets bring.
Chuck Wendig, the New York Times best-selling author of the Star Wars: Consequences Series of novels, has been fired by Marvel Entertainment, said on Twitter on Friday. That leaves the future of numerous previously announced. Star Wars projects, to which Wendig was attached, uncertain as a result.
In a series of tweets, Wendig, who was working on the five themes Shadow of Vader miniseries and an additional, currently unannounced, Star Wars series for the publisher – revealed that Marvel had fired him in the middle of his work in the titles because, in his words, "of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring in. Seriously, that's what Mark [Paniccia]said the editor. It was too vulgar, too much negativity on my part. "
Previously, Wendig had written Hiperion and an adaptation of Star Wars: The Force awakens for Marvel.
Wendig has been candid about his liberal political views on Twitter. On October 7, he drew the attention of renowned conservative personalities, such as Ben Shapiro and filmmaker Dinesh D & # 39; Souza, with a series of tweets around the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual assault. In a tweet, which he later deleted because he said it had become a "funnel of harassment," he wrote: "Winter is coming, insensitive, idiots, imbeciles, grotesque monsters, racists, rapists and abusive abusers, small vengeful horrors" .
Wendig's dismissal comes three months after Marvel's parent company, Disney, fired James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 on old offensive tweets resurfaced by conservative personalities.
Wendig is no stranger to internal controversy. Star Wars fandom, with the writer being the target of a vocal minority after introducing one of the first canonically gay characters of the franchise in his 2015 novel, Star Wars: Consequences. His open response to this rejection, called to those who complained about "the totalitarian, oppressive and oppressive empire", combined with his frankness about the discussion of real world politics in social networks, made him a lightning rod within the more conservative elements of the base of property followers. .
The elimination of Wendig by Marvel comes a month after the publisher canceled The vision, a Miniseries of six numbers, two months before the launch, with the creative team, which included another highly successful novelist, Chelsea Cain, just a few days in advance and little explanation of why, beyond a change in the plans of publication surrounding the characters. being used in the series. In particular, Cain is so vocal about his politics, and equally visible as a target for right-wing trolls on social networks, such as Wendig, although that was not a reason for the surprise cancellation of the series.
Marvel Entertainment declined to comment.