Marvel introduces two new woke superheroes: “Safespace” and “Snowflake”, and the names aren’t mockery

Yes, this is from the Daily Fail, but it’s also verified by Marvel themselves in the video below. Yes, along with the rest of journalism, comic strips are getting woker and woker. And the new characters, twins called “Snowflake” and “Safespace”, aren’t mocking the outrage brigade, but are serious names of approbation (they also have fluorescent hair, like all good Social Justice Warriors). Click on the screenshot to read the article.

Oy! An excerpt from the Fail:

Hulk has superhuman strength, Iron Man a powered armour suit. But it seems Marvel’s latest heroes boast the worthiest power of all: They’re super-duper ‘woke’.

The comic book franchise is hoping to appeal to the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation by introducing two new characters – a pair of psychicpowered twins who are ‘hyper aware of modern culture’.

Snowflake, with cropped blue hair and matching leotard, is non-binary – meaning an individual who does not identify as either male or female – and can make snowflake-shaped blades for throwing.

And twin Safespace – a term used to describe an environment free of bias, conflict or criticism – can create pink force-fields for defence against any unkind enemies.

The twins, who will be introduced as part of a series called New Warriors, see their powers as ‘a postironic meditation on using violence to combat bullying,’ according to cocreator Daniel Kibblesmith.

Here they are:

Now you’d think that these Woke Warriors would be greeted with universal acclaim by the Outrage Generation, but of course it’s called the Outrage Generation for a reason:

But the heroes have not been entirely well-received, with some claiming the characters’ names make a mockery of the LGBT+ community and others branding the release a cynical publicity stunt.

One critic described the launch as ‘extremely tone deaf’, while another wrote on Twitter: ‘The Marvel ‘New Warriors’ are so badly designed I thought they were parodies of ‘stuff as many LGBT/minority characters in the main cast as possible’ series.’

If you want to see someone really outraged by these characters, see this YouTube video by “ComicDrake”, who argues that these characters are “insulting and not inclusive.”  He thinks they aren’t really genuine diverse and nonbinary characters, but seem like “parodies”.

Well, dude, listen up: YOU CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINCERITY AND PARODY WHEN IT COMES TO THE WOKE! This is indeed Marvel’s idea of how to increase the “diversity” of comic-book characters, and the culture that gave rise to this mentality is “ComicDrake’s” own. He worries that this kind of character plays right into the hands of those who oppose wokeness (i.e., people like me), and he’s right. But it’s not our fault; it’s the pervasiveness of mindless wokeness in popular culture.

Yes, it’s just a comic book, and I can’t get nearly as worked up about it as does “ComicDrake”, but it doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Here’s Marvel’s videos introducing the new warriors: Safespace and Snowflake show up at 2:37. They even have special pronouns! Be sure to watch the whole thing so you can see how well the termites have dined, and how far they’ve burrowed.

Shoot me now, please.

h/t: BJ

42 Comments

  1. KD
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Snowflake and Safespace may be mighty heroes, but only Chapter 7 can save us now.

  2. eric
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I have a hard time believing this isn’t a joke. Are they publicly releasing the trailer on April 1?

    Or maybe it’s something like the Tick? Intentionally over-the-top trope-ish? (Over the trope?)

    • Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure it’s not a joke. See the Marvel video. They are so embedded in their woke world that they don’t see how ridiculous this is.

  3. TJR
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    This is Evel Knievel jumping a whole stadium full of sharks.

    • EdwardM
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      More like Pee-Wee Herman, but yeah a stadium full of sharks just got jumped.

  4. darrelle
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    This is hilarious.

  5. A C Harper
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Not many people realise that the world of ideas (politics, religion) is flat… and if you keep pushing an idea hard enough it drops off the edge.

    “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”
    ~Nietzsche

    • Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      I actually like your expression better than Nietzsche’s. Nicely put.

  6. Alex K.
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I would like to introduce a villain named Free Speech to Marvel.

    Just let that white male cis villain walk into a college campus, advocating for everyone’s views to be given a free platform, even the most odious forms and the New Warriors will collapse to the floor, screaming tantrums of being “inflicted violence” in defeat.

    • eric
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      I see their twins and raise them a set of evil villainous triplets: Pale, Stale, and Male.

      • JezGrove
        Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

        Offspring of the even more evil Elite and Patriarchy?

  7. Jimbo
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Marvel’s foray into trying to represent our evolving modern culture is pretty bad. A similarly treacherous faux pas was recently committed by Disney who tried to portray the first LGBT character in an animated film (a noble enough gesture I suppose by trying to create fictional characters that young LGBT might identify with), named officer Specter who is a lesbian cop in the film Onward. Problem is, she’s a one-eyed, horned, purple-skinned lesbian cop thus creating an inadvertent caricature of lesbians.

    Evidently, the gay community is not happy and wanted one of the Frozen sisters to be lesbian but Disney said no.

    • Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      There was also the live-action re-do of Beauty and the Beast, where Gaston’s portly sidekick has a pretty obvious crush on him.

  8. Wunold
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    From the video at 4:24:

    I don’t think we’re worried about being dated.

    This made me chuckle, coming from a comic creator who very much looks like the typical comic nerd. 😀

    That said, most the other new characters (with “B-Negative” just grazing against it) are ridiculous in their own regard. A girl with a magic backpack (!), a boy infected with “experimental internet gas” having “unlimited screen time”.

    Furthermore, Snowflake and Safe Space seem very much like a ripoff of Cloak and Dagger from 1982: An girl with offensive powers accompanied by a boy with defensive powers (although he could use them somewhat offensively by engulfing foes in the darkness of his cape).

    • Deodand
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      I assume that ‘B-Negative’ is the vampire looking one.

      As for ‘Cloak and Dagger’ it would never fly now

  9. JohnH
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Having grown up with the Fantastic Four, Spiderman,Hulk,etc. and reading Stan Lee’s columns monthly, I’m glad he’s not here to see this.

    • BJ
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      The article also mentions that Loki is now considered “gender fluid.”

      • Posted March 26, 2020 at 3:42 am | Permalink

        To be fair, the original Loki was. Xe was even species-fluid.

  10. Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I like this take from “Critical Drinker”:

    • Posted March 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      My favorite comment by the way on this video:

      The main villain?

      “White Man” with his doomsday device, the “Gendered bathroom”!

  11. JezGrove
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m not entirely sure this is real – a search for “Snowflake” at the official Marvel website came back empty: https://www.marvel.com/search?limit=20&query=Snowflake

  12. Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Words for the world to note: YOU CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINCERITY AND PARODY WHEN IT COMES TO THE WOKE!

  13. Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    The woke left attempting crowbar their world view and ideology into art has a lot in common with the similarly inept efforts from the right. Christian Rock, for example.

    These people seem to have a very limited, black and white, paint-by-the-numbers approach to creative works.

    It’s like they have a checklist in front of them…do we have a person of color? Check. A non cis-gendered person? Check? Is our social messaging clumsily inserted as dialogue? Check!

    But great art doesn’t seem to work that way. Plenty of authors and artists have conveyed a certain world view or argument in their works, but when they do it well it seems to arise naturally in the story telling, and therefore comes across much more powerfully.

    • Lee
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      From a master story teller, JRR Tolkien:

      “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”

      It’s depressing to me that the Marvel writers seem to think so little of their audience. I hope their audience disappoints them…

  14. revelator60
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Even if the intentions are genuine, this is still an opportunistic publicity stunt.

    Today the most popular superhero comics sell at numbers that would have ensured cancellation back in the 70s. It’s a moribund, low circulation field that survives thanks to digital printing, comic book stores, and niche marketing.

    Marvel is hoping its stunt will create publicity (it definitely has) and draw in young readers, who tend to be less cynical and more forgiving of woker-than-thou silliness.

    One should also remember that superhero comics have always been eager to embrace trends. In the 1950s Batman was busy fighting aliens, atomic monsters, and robots. In the 70s we had tons of Kung Fu comics at cringeworthy attempts at blaxploitation. Superhero comics are reliable trendhumpers.

  15. Jenny Haniver
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m really guffawing, especially at “Snowflake” for two reasons, the first being how can Snowflake be a superhero when ‘they’ll go around crying, “Waaaah! You hurt my feeeeelings!” Snowflake then runs to Safespace for some self-care. I also recall at least one old racist film that had a very dark black slapstick character named Snowflake or Snowdrop. The creators are beyond clueless.

  16. bascule
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Woke fail,

    The female one is clearly shorter and less muscly than the male one.
    Gender stereotype much?

  17. Phillip Ogle
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to seeing how these superheroes interrupt, shout down and otherwise deplatform college speakers.

  18. Roger
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Apparently there are more More superheroes thank gods, which is saying a lot because there are a shite ton of gods.

    • Roger
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      Minus the obligatory typos of course.

    • Wunold
      Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      At least DC had the New Gods, but they’re everything but new by now.

  19. BJ
    Posted March 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Now that I’m looking at the characters, it’s amazing how horrendous the artwork is. It’s the worst drawing and creativity I’ve seen from a major publisher. It’s just awful.

  20. Posted March 26, 2020 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    When I saw it, I thought it was the most 90s thing I’d ever seen.

    I mean, fundamentally, it is a shit version of this:

  21. Posted March 26, 2020 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Looking at the drawings and the names, I am convinced that this is a parody. But the creators and sellers of Snowflake and Safespace will deny this to death, and rightly so.

    Both superheroes look like cartoon counterparts of Titania McGrath.

  22. Another Tom
    Posted March 26, 2020 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Poe’s Law: “Without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.”

  23. Muffy Ferro
    Posted March 26, 2020 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Titania will love this!


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