Marvel cancels Star Wars: Shadow of Vader comic series after writer Chuck Wendig’s firing


From The Hollywood Reporter:

“Following the firing of writer Chuck Wendig, Marvel Entertainment has canceled its Star Wars comic book series Shadow of VaderThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The five-issue series was announced last month at New York Comic Con, scheduled to launch in January 2019, with all five issues to be written by Wendig. The series was absent from Marvel’s January schedule when it was released in October, following Wendig being fired by Marvel over his social media use. At the time, it was believed that the series would be published in some form, especially given that Wendig had completed three of the five scripts, and work was already underway in terms of illustration and production.

Comic store retailers were first told of the series cancellation on Thursday, with a note from Marvel reading “STAR WARS SHADOW OF VADER #1 (OF 5) & variants (NOV180993-6, $4.99, FOC 12/3/18) and STAR WARS SHADOW OF VADER #2 (OF 5) & variants (NOV180991-2, $3.99, FOC 12/17/18) have been cancelled and will not be resolicited.” Marvel confirmed to THR that the series has been folded. […]”




  • Cryogenic

    No way. This is a cowardly act on Disney/Marvel’s part (but obviously one in a long line of craven decisions from “on high”). I’ve gone past give a flying bantha’s behind what he might have said about Lucas or the prequels in the past. If you’re hiring the guy, then STICK with your choice — stick by your guy and stick to the talent you chose to employ.

    They’re punishing him because he’s outspoken and they’re hyper-concerned with their pathetic image all of a sudden. These corporations increasingly want to punish/cut away anyone who says anything that might harm sales — even just an iota; even after they’ve endured system-wide invective and harassment. Corporations are fine making their billions. But don’t anyone dare express an opinion or show themselves to be a human being that actually, y’know, stands for things; least of all anyone that communicates in a blunt or forthright fashion.

    It’s like when I was booted from TFN. Apparently, I’m the problem for the trolling I inspire — NOT the trolls themselves who have destroyed discussion in the PT forum and driven away dozens of veteran prequel fans. Even IMDb was a more palatable place to be. At least you could fire back there without being told you’re wrong/evil and backstabbed by a totally biased and power-drunk modding force. And now people are constantly being fired, deplatformed, demonetised, etc., for what they write on their personal Twitter accounts. And this can happen on the thinnest of pretences and whenever a company/institution chooses — and there’s nothing you can do about it. We’ve moved into some really dark territory recently in Internet culture.

    • joe

      the one who really needs to go is kathleen kennedy she’s turned star wars in to a joke yet she gets a F**KING CONTRACT EXTENSION!

    • Alexrd

      Cryo, I’m not sure you’re familiar with Wendig’s tirades, but he’s responsible for what he says and in turn I feel no pity for what happened to him. I really can’t blame Marvel for firing him on the grounds of his behaviour either, after all, he called for the death of a good portion of potential customers. Marvel doesn’t control his speech but they do control who they hire. I guess we can acuse Marvel/Disney of hipocrisy, but that doesn’t excuse Wendig’s actions.

      The TFN comparison doesn’t work either, since in that example, Wendig was the troll.

      Itchy made a great post on his blog about it all:

      • Cryogenic

        @ Alex:

        Wendig is brash and outspoken, and some of his tweets are a bit harsher than they perhaps need to be (however: it is easy to become blunt, obnoxious, upset, and overtaken with anger on social media), but it seems he’s being rounded on and made an example of — even though people like Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega, to give a few examples, have made their share of snide and condescending remarks that leave little doubt as to their political orientation and attitude to criticism.

        Also, that page/site you link to… isn’t exactly free of bias:

        -> “Aren’t you idiot SJWs chasing ComicsGaters all over the internet and in the real world in an attempt to ensure that the only stories that get told are yours?
        -> “You’re furious because you’re an uneducated SJW savage.”
        -> “SJWs made the mess. As always, it’s left to normal people to clean it up.”

        The author of the page uses the term “SJW” no less than ten times; and every time, it’s to rancorously admonish so-called SJWs and seemingly belittle the push for civil rights and democratic progress.

        For my tastes, the webmaster of that blog goes too far in homogenising people and trashing individuals they dislike. They are freely engaging in pejorative put-downs and painting themselves as part of that political horse-shoe they supposedly despise. Unfortunately.

        Otherwise, I could probably agree with them on a few things. There is obviously an intolerance on both the political right and the political left which is feeding back on itself and helping to stymie authentic dialogue. And we’ve seen leftist intolerance take root on TFN. Everything is now so poisoned on the net.

        It’s the constant drive to monitor and punish people that I deplore. Free speech has been dangerously eroded by various interests who also use the same justifications and then have defenders of the status quo (like that webmaster) mocking the notion that anything untoward is happening unless it’s the government removing or abridging speech. Well, if their blog was suddenly suspended by WordPress, I wonder how they’d feel then?

      • Alexrd

        Never said Itchy doesn’t have a bias (to some degree, we all have and he never hid his), but his post needs to be taken in context since he has been exposing the slow fall of Lucasfilm caused by SJW/identity politics for quite a while (it’s what the blog is basically about) and in a very thorough and substantiated way. Particularly the case of Chuck Wendig. Hence the replies you cited (which despite the approach taken, are not exactly lies).

        I also have to disagree with the claim of “belittle the push for civil rights and democratic progress”. Don’t know how and where civil rights and democratic progress have been belittled by Itchy, but those he criticizes and exposes certainly don’t defend any of the two.

        If WordPress terminated his blog, it would need some good justification. Just like if Twitter had terminated Wendig’s account, for example. None of them work for the respective companies and they haven’t done anything out of ordinary that could justify such actions.

        Not really comparable with Marvel firing Wendig. Wendig advertized himself using Marvel/Lucasfilm. That’s the only reason he’s known to people to begin with. Hving done that, he can’t just discard himself from Marvel whenever he feels like it. He made his own bed. Can’t have his cake and eat it too. And Marvel is under no obligation to employ someone who’s openly calling for the death of a significant portion of potential (if not current) customers. Again, I’m fine with attacking Marvel for their hypocrisy, but not for the reason to fire Wendig.

  • Cryogenic

    @ Alex:

    I think some of that webmaster’s negative/taunting prose is needless. It is inflammatory and has a seedy characteristic, IMO.

    It’s sort of ironic to bash someone like Wendig — as the webmaster does and seems to delight in — while being full of antipathy and bias/slant of one’s own.

    I think a slightly calmer case can be made against identity politics without getting lost in the mire of the other side and becoming “the very evil we swore to destroy”. That said, it’s hard to avoid polarity; despite the number of people who think they manage it just fine. And that’s what we see the Internet descending into: A relentless and interminable internecine war between polarised factions.

    By definition, endlessly pouring vitriol on social justice, or the genuine concerns and sympathies that come under that umbrella, is a means of belittling the struggles of minorities against the tyrannic majority and oppressive status quo — a status quo dominated by capitalistic, corrupt, white, male interests, leaning in the direction of, and enacting laws, favourable toward the sanctioning of white supremacist, homophobic, anti-women, anti-welfare, pro-corporation, climate-change denial views and modalities. After all, at its root, that’s what the social justice movement is trying to point out and fight against; not unlike the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

    Moreover: George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, is a left-leaning 1960s San Francisco hippie-liberal. Star Wars should not necessarily be a political project or a propaganda tool to bludgeon one’s enemies with, but to deny its political bent is to commit a fallacy — tantamount to wilful ignorance. I think a difference is that Star Wars had bigger concerns before. Lucas was worried about where the world was headed — seemingly toward fascist absolutism and nuclear war. But a major adjustment was made with the Prequel Trilogy. The concerns got more cutting and more timely. A geopolitical slant focusing on institutional meltdown driven by rampant greed became more apparent.

    Lucas, I think, was (and is) very “world-focused”. He crafted a humanistic paean for the Earth. Not unlike Carl Sagan and his trenchant musings in his final years. Lucas, much like Sagan, wants to see humanity reach a kind of long-overdue maturity through the acquisition of knowledge and the reduction of self-interest and enlarging of compassion. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be such an all-encompassing concern of the Disney movies. They have headed into the narrow furrow of contemporary identity politics and become diminished in kind. In the real world, it’s an important struggle and people need their freedom. That is, after all, what the rebels are fighting for in the original movies. However, a wider perspective on the human drama has been lost. This is what I find lamentable about the new films and lamentable regarding Lucas’ absence.

    The new films are dominated by hollow vectors. Perhaps it isn’t a surprise to see a strong backlash. I’ve been part of that for a while. But I still think some people are taking it a bit far. They seem to be running a Scorched Earth policy. It’s almost no longer about Star Wars, but simply sticking it to people with views one doesn’t like. It’s like a pogrom is developing. And I don’t like what I see. Disney may have caused a lot of this, but I’m thinking about how to take the high road a bit more lately. Tired of playing their game. And the game of these corporations in general.

    Wendig may be a bit of an unlikeable character, not least because he lacks the mild-mannered nature of Lucas who can deliver scathing attacks with an oblique remark (wily understatement being something his detractors have never understood from him). But, in a lot of ways, I suspect their basic views on society are similar. Of course, Lucas’ are still father-seeing — but that’s what makes him such a visionary. I just think, getting lost in the shuffle here, are some of the basic lessons and motifs in the saga Lucas assembled. It’s turning cold and ugly out there.

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