The news came to Comics Twitter as a proton torpedo. "So, here's something that has happened," writer Chuck Wendig tweeted at 2:54 p.m. ET "I just got fired from Marvel."
Wendig is known primarily as a prose novelist, having written nearly two dozen books throughout his career. He is perhaps best known for writing the official Star Wars novel Aftermath, published in 2015. But in recent years, he has developed a complementary activity as comic scribe, making several problems for Marvel Entertainment, including the official adaptation of Star Wars: The Force awakens (Marvel and Lucasfilm are owned by Disney, and Marvel publishes a line of Star Wars comics as a result) and a superhero book called Hyperion This week began as one of the triumphs for the author, with an announcement in the New York Comic Con last weekend that he was going to write a new Star Wars Marvel series called Shadow of Vader. Then, as told by Wendig, a curious email appeared in his inbox.
It was from Star Wars The comic editor Mark Paniccia. "He sent me an email to request a call," Wendig tells Vulture. He laughs. "When it's something that can not be discussed by email, it's a bad thing or they're going to offer you a job." The couple jumped on the phone and, as Wendig recalls, Paniccia told him that they were withdrawing him, not just from Shadow of Vader, but another planned Star Wars project that had not been announced yet. Wendig says that Paniccia was "very clear about the reason, really": the presence of Wendig on Twitter. "It was too vulgar, too political, and I was bringing too much …" he says nothing. "My vulgarity and my politics brought too much negativity to the book and they had to get me out of it."
Anyone with a vague knowledge of Wendig's Twitter account can say yes, which is quite vulgar and quite political. The two traits have a tendency to combine when pursuing right-wing critics, of which he has many. In Aftermath, made headlines by the introduction of a gay character, something that certain sectors of the fandom did not want. While criticisms of traditional media were generally positive or at least measured in their critiques, amateur reviews on Amazon and elsewhere always ruined the book for a perceived left agenda. He has never made his dislike for such individuals a secret, putting them to the test on social networks and on his blog. "You are not the good ones," he once wrote about those who discredited his bizarre representation. "You are the fucking Empire, man, you are the totalitarian, oppressive and shitty Empire."
Things came to a head this weekend. At the time surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as Supreme Court judge, Wendig went on Twitter to vent about the current political climate, writing a thread now removed of vicious tweets like "Fuck all the GOP, fuck that blubbering, bristling fraternity judge, fuck McConnell, Ryan, Grassley, Collins, every last one of them" and "Winter is coming, morons, imbeciles, asshole prolaps, grotesque monsters , racists, rapists and evil abusers, small and voracious horrors. "He received the usual rejection of some comics fans for his comments, as well as the fact that he had been re-encouraged to write more. Star Wars in Marvel. But, most notably, it also attracted the attention of high-profile right-wing personalities such as Ben Shapiro, Dinesh D'Souza and Curt Schilling, who he made fun of him On twitter.
A source with close knowledge of the decision-making process behind the shots tells Vulture that this weekend was the last straw after a period of aggravation with Wendig's presence on social media, although they say the problem It was only vulgarity, not politics. (Marvel did not have official comments on the matter, although they did confirm that the company and Wendig have separated). Other creators of Marvel have been vulgar on social media in the past: former Marvel writer Rick Remender told his critics that they "drown in vagrants." Piss "in 2013, although perhaps not with the volume of rudeness exhibited by Wendig. However, the political issue is an open question. On the one hand, many Marvel talents are progressively vocal in social networks and in the pages of their comics. On the other hand, the President and CEO of Marvel, Ike Perlmutter, is a close friend of Donald Trump and allegedly co-directs the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite not being an official member of the cabinet. When Vulture asks Wendig if he thinks the connection to Perlmutter may have been the reason he was fired, he replies: "I can not confirm that, but I would not be surprised."
Whatever the case may be, Vulture's source says that the dismissal was an editorial decision by Marvel, not Lucasfilm. In addition, Wendig says Del Rey, who publishes his Star Wars The books, as well as their work without franchise, do not have problems with their tweets. He says he received a message from his editor there today: "My editor [said]"Lift your thumbs, do not worry." They're behind me. "Wendig says Marvel had never warned him about his presence on social media before today, which makes the firing even more surprising, saying that his time with Marvel has been" overwhelmingly overwhelmingly positive. " ", and that he tried to reject Paniccia, without success.He remains confused about why all this is happening now." It is not that this is new for me, "he says about his approach to online discourse." This is the tenor of my Twitter and my blog. "
This is the second time in a few weeks that Marvel goes through the shame of a high profile writer who gets furious with them on Twitter after a layoff. Writer Chelsea Cain called the editor after she was fired from a planned series for reasons. that are still lazy So far, the non-right comics Twitter have overwhelmingly supported Wendig, while the Comicsgate guys have declared a victory. Combine all of that with the fact that Marvel has not fired writers like Dan Slott and Nick Spencer, who have publicly gotten into the main battles of Twitter with their critics, and the whole incident translates into a very bad aspect for Marvel, whatever your logic. Has been.
Wendig does not care about his income, comics were always just a complementary rush to his written prose. But he fears the chilling effect that this incident could have on the most economically and socially vulnerable creators who speak in a way that the powers that be are unpleasant. "Be more concerned about people with less power and more marginalized voices, than even BEFORE major projects [are] at the bottom of huge funnels of harassment ", he tweeted at the conclusion of the thread that began with the announcement of his dismissal. "Be good to each other, I'll go hug my son and eat a sandwich."