Marvel has found a new partner in the world’s fifth-largest defense contractor, Northrop Grumman.
What the fresh hell is this, you ask? Marvel announced on Twitter that they’re teaming up with Northrop Grumman, an arms manufacturer with over 20 billion dollars in revenue a year.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 6, 2017
We understand this isn’t a new comic book, but rather some kind of event at the booth.
Responses were mixed, with some questioning the morality of the decision:
Hey y'all remember how Tony Stark stopped selling weapons because he realized 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.
— John (@Real_LastName) October 6, 2017
war profiteering is bad. just my hot take as a longtime fan. thanks.
— 🌊 elon tusk the orc capitalist 🐬 (@aflightybroad) 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
this is depressing – way to partner with war profiteers
— Mr. Eric Praline (@caylenb) October 6, 2017
Jumped the Stark? pic.twitter.com/d3DqwpsrMh
— Howard Rees (@Howard_Rees) October 6, 2017
Keep arms dealers out of NYCC
— 結晶Violet (@gentian_violet) October 6, 2017
While others focused on equally important matters:
Northrop Grumman are thrilled by the prospect, having redecorated their Twitter page to celebrate the companies joining forces.
While it might seem like an odd pairing, an ostensibly left-leaning publishers of superhero funny books teaming up with a maker of weapons, it’s not all that strange if you really think about it. After all, Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, is a longtime friend of Donald Trump and serves as an official advisor to the president of the United States. And who has waged more war than the good ol’ U.S. of A?
We’ve reached out to Marvel for comment, and we’ll be sure to send someone by Marvel’s booth at 3 p.m. Saturday to find out what this is all about.
UPDATE: Less than twelve hours after our initial report, Marvel pulled a custom comic, along with any traces of the team-up with Northrop Grumman, from their website.