Marvel announces first non-binary character – called Snowflake
March. 21, 2020
Marvel ’s first non-binary superhero, Snowflake, will appear on the New Warriors TV series – in a new step for inclusivity for the comicbook genre.
Snowflake will appear alongside their brother Safespace, another new character in the MCU.
While fans have praised the comicbook giant for this decision, some have expressed confusion at the use of the world ‘snowflake’ to name the character, seeing as it’s often used to mock millennials and ‘woke’ culture .
One person tweeted: ‘I personally love to see two white cis men at Marvel create a black non-binary character named “Snowflake” in the year of our lord 2020’.
Another said: ‘Look, I’m sure everyone at Marvel has the best of intentions but by god read the room on naming two black NB characters Snowflake and Safespace’.
New Warriors writer Daniel Kibblesmith has said that he chose these names to put a new, positive spin on these terms.
‘It’s the idea that these are terms that get thrown around on the internet they that don’t see as derogatory,’ he says. The aim, for Daniel, was ‘to take these names and wear them as badges of honour’.
Daniel also described Snowflake’s powers – they have ‘the power to generate individual crystalised snowflake-shaped shurikens’. Fancy.
‘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,’ Daniel added.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has spoken in the past about the importance of LGBTQ inclusivity and representing every single member of its audience.
‘You look at the success of Captain Marvel and Black Panther. We want the movies to reflect the audience and we want every member of our global audience to see themselves reflected on the screen,’ he said.
‘And that’s what we’ve been doing for a long time. And certainly, that’s what we’re focusing on going forward.’
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