On Friday morning, Marvel made a huge announcement on Twitter, and fans are not happy.
Marvel Entertainment is joining forces with Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defence technology company, and the world’s fifth-largest defence contractor. We don’t know much yet, but it looks like there will be a promotional comic featuring the Avengers and “Northrop Grumman Elite Nexus,” or N.G.E.N.
The arms manufacturer generates over 20 billion dollars in revenue a year. Marvel Entertainment didn’t reveal anything more about the partnership, and to learn more the company encouraged fans to head to their New York Comic Con booth on Saturday afternoon.
This partnership comes as a surprise to Marvel fans, especially just days following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. For sensitivity reasons, Marvel pulled its NYCC panel for “The Punisher,” and canceled screenings of the first two episodes. Tony Stark/Iron Man, one of Marvel’s most popular characters, stops selling weapons (his family’s long-time business) because he realises he’s not saving lives, he’s destroying them.
Maans are not pleased with the surprising announcement, and some took to Twitter to express their opinions on the matter:
The details of the partnership are unknown, but more should be revealed on Saturday at NYCC.
This is incredibly tone deaf. Remember when Tony Stark stopped selling weapons…
— Hannah (@DrHannahJr) October 6, 2017
Hey y’all remember how Tony Stark stopped selling weapons because he realised he was contributing to global human misery?
— Geoffrey Marshall (@geoffamarshall) October 6, 2017
Cool. Teaming up with a company that profits from murder is a good thing.
— Scare-A-Thon (@caimanisbae) October 6, 2017
This sucks and is a super disturbing partnership. You’re partnering with war mongering weapon merchants that are villains in your movies.
— It’s KFG (@KungFu_Grip) October 6, 2017
war profiteering is bad. just my hot take as a longtime fan. thanks.
— spectre of ghosts???? (@aflightybroad) October 6, 2017
can you literally not
— twiter user (@jonnyricers) October 6, 2017
ohhhh wow whoever came up with this idea is getting fired
— Will Stratton (@willlstratton) October 6, 2017
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