Marvel Comics just added two new superheroes to their comic book universe: Snowflake and Safe Space.
As much as that sounds like a fake story, made up from the fringes of the internet, Marvel Comics executive Daniel Kibblesmith explained the new super twins were designed as part of a new woke line-up of heroes.
“It’s this idea of terms that get thrown around on the internet that they don’t see as derogatory, to take those words and wear them as badges of honor,” the executive said according to a video uploaded to social media.
I thought this was a parody at first, but Marvel is introducing two social justice characters named Snowflake and Safespace. Snowflake is non-binary. They are part of Marvel's "The New Warriors." pic.twitter.com/dYr7iW7ZcT
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 18, 2020
The first non-binary superhero in Marvel and they named them SNOWFLAKE.
No, this is not fake.pic.twitter.com/a5GYz8XBjI
— ☠️ Lilith Lovett ☠️ (@LilithLovett) March 18, 2020
“Snowflake and Safespace are twins with psychic powers. Safespace is a jock who can generate defensive forcefields. Meanwhile, Snowflake is non-binary, and can create ‘snowflaked-shaped shurikens,'” a description from Comic News reads.
Check out their official trailer:
Kibblesmith, who previously worked on books including now-mainstream icons like Black Panther, Deadpool, and Loki, said his editors approached him to write the new series.
“My editors on the previous books that I’d done like Loki and Black Panther vs Deadpool asked if I’d be interested in doing a New Warriors tie-in that actually poses them as the authority figures in this conflict instead of the rebels. And I really liked the attention of that,” he said according to Bounding Into Comics.
Why the attention on a younger group of heroes?
“So because the New Warriors are the authority figures in this story they have to be mentoring new New Warriors who are under 21 and subject to the laws that triggered the Outlawed event. This new law is making it illegal to be a vigilante under the age of 21,” Kibblesmith answered.
“I wanted to have teen characters who felt as ‘now’ as the New Warriors did in 1990,” he continued, per Marvel.com “The New Warriors have been zeitgeist characters from the beginning, you get edgy skateboarding Night Thrasher in the ’90s and the Reality TV team in the 2000s, and now in 2020, we have New Warriors who have never grown up without the Internet, and one character who appears to essentially live inside it.”
Marvel Comics just announced two new non-binary superheroes named "Snowflake" and "Safespace."
I wish I was making this up. pic.twitter.com/h183CGk1qQ
— VITO the Welfare Queen (@VitoGesualdi) March 18, 2020
The duo joins a group of other heroes including B-Negative, Trailblazer, and Screentime.
Here’s how some people responded to the new additions:
You cannot tell me that these people aren't obsessed with IDENTITY. They are not SJW's, they are Identitarians.
— The Internet Gas (The Mule) (@TheMule40516147) March 18, 2020
Marvel Exec 1: Sales are down. We can’t have them fall any further.
Marvel Exec 2: Hold my soy milk https://t.co/1KfVzejvbz
— Patrick X Coyle (@PatrickXCoyle) March 18, 2020
Now because I know someone will take this poorly, let me say at least they're making new characters instead of trying to change/erase an existing character for their needs.
— FinalMasterM (@finalmasterm0dx) March 17, 2020
It has to be satire
— Lionman77 (@Lionman771) March 18, 2020
— Lunar Archivist (@LunarArchivist) March 18, 2020
More information about the duo and the full line-up can be viewed here.