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Even LGBTQ activists hate Marvel’s new non-binary superheroes ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Safespace’

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Marvel Studios has been mocked and criticised since introducing their first non-binary superheroes to their franchise, but it’s not just conservatives and Christians who are taking issue.

The new characters, named ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Safespace’ were introduced earlier this month and are part of a planned New Warriors reboot.

Daniel Kibblesmith from Marvel said, “Snowflake and Safespace are the twins, and their names are very similar to Screentime [another new character]; it’s the idea that these are terms that get thrown around on the internet they don’t see as derogatory.”

“[They] take those words and kind of wear them as badges of honor.”

“Safespace is a big, burly, sort of stereotypical jock. He can create forcefields, but he can only trigger them if he’s protecting somebody else.

“Snowflake is non-binary and goes by they/them, and has the power to generate individual crystallised snowflake-shaped shurikens,” Kibblesmith went on to say.

“The connotations of the word ‘snowflake’ in our culture right now are something fragile, and this is a character who is turning it into something sharp.

“Snowflake is a person who has the more offensive power, and Safespace is the person who has the more defensive power. The idea is that they would mirror each other and complement each other.”

Marvel’s goal in creating the new characters was to make the franchise more diverse and offer a wider representation of their fanbase.

But the move seems to have backfired for Marvel, with black and LGBTQ fans slamming the creators for the “derogatory” characters and “offensive” names.


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