Marvel Comics has received torrents of outraged comments from longtime fans, concerned parents groups and even atheists since announcing it’s plans for a major new crossover storyline involving most of its titles and set for release in the spring of 2014, which has been described as a rape/revenge rape plot centered on two of the company’s oldest characters based in magic, Doctor Strange (first published in 1963) and The Scarlet Witch (whose first appearance was in 1964). While neither character has been a significantly important or successful one over the decades of their existences, both have been popular amongst the fans of satanism who read comic books.
Doctor Strange’s primary appeal has long been for his drug-induced trips through alternate realities in search of new highs, his imperious aloofness and abnormal, bohemian lifestyle. Many liberal writers and artists of the comics industry have chronicled his morally ambiguous, complicated exploits over the years, but no storyline has ever gone as far as this new mega event, which Marvel Comics promises will change the status quo of mainstream comics like nothing before it.
The Scarlet Witch is the daughter of a much better known character, the villainous Magneto, but has always somewhat struggled to find a place in the Marvel Universe, for most of her career stuck in The Avengers as a helpless, fainting weakling who wore weird but increasingly sexy outfits to fighting crime in, and has become associated largely with her retarded cleavage since the late 1980s. Aside from the pubescent appeal to boys for her bosoms, she is most remembered for being married to a robot (The Vision) to whom she was highly devoted, until she had him ripped apart into little bits through her mind control of one of their teammates.
While sweeping changes to characters is common, and sprawling revisionism of the classical tropes associated with their established identities is very much in vogue these days, many people, longtime fans and the general public alike, have expressed shock at the proposed changes to the characters apparently set to occur in the mutual rape storyline, a subject that has been rarely, if ever, touched upon in the artform.
While Marvel is keeping details of the storyline as top secret as they can, the teaser info they have released indicates that events spin out from a magic ritual, performed by Doctor Strange to help The Scarlet Witch gain greater control over her unpredictable powers, that goes wrong, and what happens when, thinking she has died as a result of his inept sorcery, Doctor Strange abuses her corpse. Needless to say, she not only recovers from being dead (temporarily), but returns from the nether realm missing pieces of her soul, and determined to exact her revenge on Doctor Strange by returning the favor, and raping him both physically and mystically while he is trapped in his intangible, astral form, watching. The major crossover event involves Marvel’s more popular and profitable characters searching Mephisto’s (who is a stand-in for Satan in the Marvel universe) realm for the missing pieces of her soul before she can cast a worldwide rape spell with Doctor Strange’s stolen magical powers, and is purported to be shockingly frank in its depictions of violent sexuality.
The company’s publicist, Brenda De Fazio, insists that longtime readers won’t be disappointed by the changes , and new readers will find the high-octane storyline riveting, even without any prior knowledge of the character’s history, and that the story fits well into the company’s plans to continue marketing to its aging, more adult customer base and the increasingly unslakable thirst that audience has for starker, more violent power fantasies and depictions of physical abuse being played out amongst the beloved characters of their childhoods. Ms. De Fazio adds that “Despite the best efforts of many of our very talented writers over the past few years to make these characters work in the modern Marvel Universe, it has become clear that sweeping changes to the characters were required if they were to ever hope to sell any comic books featuring them. Superhero rape, and rape in general, are important subjects that must be handled carefully and appropriately, and all of us here at Marvel want to make sure we get this right.”
Many christian parents groups have promised to boycott Marvel if they proceed with their plans to publish this material, and The Heritage Foundation’s social action wing has condemned Marvel for promoting unhealthy content to minors. Texas state Senator Ted Cruz (R), who is a longtime comic buff, told The National Report that the Canadian print version of The Scarlet Witch was “One of my most treasured childhood memories, at least before they made her a practitioner of the black arts and she hooked up with that red robot and (writer Steve) Engleheart left (the monthly books chronicling her exploits). This new storyline is repellant in my opinion, and clearly demonstrates the risk liberal comic books are now posing to young people, and will probably lead to an increase in bed-wetting, and Lord knows what other wickedness, if it is allowed to go to press.”.
Pre-orders for the books have already surpassed other past best-selling major crossover events from comics industry publishing giants, such as 2004′s “Secret Invasion”(Marvel), 2002′s”Civil War”(Marvel) and 2005′s”Identity Crisis”(DC)