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Comic books continue to change gender and race in superheroes

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Many comic are changing the ethnicity and gender of their superheroes. (Source: CNN) Many comic are changing the ethnicity and gender of their superheroes. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Marvel continues to overhaul its superhero line-up; some of its most popular characters have changed race and gender.

Overwhelmingly, the number of superheroes are white. That's just a fact, but it's also a fact that we're dealing with a business. If businesses want to attract more people of color, they may want to start creating superheroes or characters that reflect those people that they're trying to attract.

The question is, does it work? The answer is, not always.

Captain America, a World War II hero, transformed into a superhero, and he's transforming again. This time Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, is African American, and he will take over the role.

And there's Thor, the blonde muscle-bound hyper-masculine Norse God will now be a woman. She will be wielding the hammer, her name will still be Thor.

We've already seen what happened to Spiderman, Peter Parker, he's now Miles Morales, who is bi-racial - black and Hispanic.

Don't forget Nick Fury, he's played by Samuel L. Jackson in the avengers. Fury went from white to being black.

And then there's Miss Marvel, they switched her from being white to a Pakistani American Muslim.

Some people will say if you check out any number of these comics you'll find that superheroes are going through all sorts of dramatic transformations. Some are coming back from the dead, they're being put in suspended animation. In the most recent issue of Captain America, he's traveling through time. So they say what's the big deal if you change up a character's race or gender?

"I think female characters are a little under-represented in comics. So I think it's a good thing for the industry to change it up a little bit," one comic book fan said.

"As a half-black, half-Puerto Rican male, I'm all for it," another fan said.

Not on board with all the changes are the traditionalists or the purists, who say whether its Superman, Flash or Batman - these characters should remain the way they're created.

"You got to create five new Asian X-Men because there aren't enough. To me that's not the purpose of a good comic," a comic book fan said.

Some believe if comic book creators or studios are really committed to diversity, they should create new diverse characters or superheroes rather than rebranding some of the ones that are already here.

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  • Do you agree with the changes in some of the comic book characters, like Thor, Spiderman, and Captain America?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Leave the comic book characters alone.
    61%
    11 votes
    I like the change, it's time to freshen up the characters.
    6%
    1 vote
    Create new characters to add diversity.
    33%
    6 votes
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