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Now, when it was recently revealed that the entire Marvel comic-book universe was set to be rebooted - and subtly altered - many fans were a little...perplexed. After all, one of the strongest elements of Marvel - and a recurring argument used in arguments against those who contend that DC is the superior comic-book company - is that it consists largely of one giant, consistent narrative. In theory, you could pick up a Captain America comic from the 1940's, before the company was even called Marvel, and it'd be directly linked to - and canonical with - a Cap story from a week ago.

The downside of that solidarity, though? For new fans, the Marvel Universe can be a little...intimidating. Which, it seems, is a major part of why it's being gently reshaped into a subtly different - but very much recognizable - form.

As it turns out, though, some things are set to change more than others - and it looks as though, in one of the best pieces of news we've heard in months:

The Marvel Universe is Set To Get Even More Diverse

See that image just above? That's Marvel's first poster for the All-New, All-Different Marvel comic-book universe.

And it is diverse as hell.

Not only does it prominently feature the new female Thor (who is, it seems, sticking around), the increasingly iconic Ms Marvel, the fan favorite Spider-Gwen, and the ever-awesome Spider Woman - suggesting Marvel's recent focus on solving its gender-imbalance problem is continuing apace - but it's also filled with a whole bunch of non-white superheroes.

Alongside the Pakistani-American Ms Marvel, there's the very-much-African Black Panther, African-American Captain America, African American and Latino Miles Morales and, in an intriguing move, what looks to be a 21st century reboot of the 1970's Native-American hero Red Wolf.

Plus, it even looks as though older-Steve Rogers is going to get a further crack of the superhero-ing whip, providing a rare and long-awaited opportunity to see a superhero who isn't younger than 35...

The best part, though?

It Sounds Like We Might Also See an Even Bigger Change

Specifically, one an alteration of the male writer and artist-dominated cultural of the modern comic-book industry. After all, Marvel has been getting better and better at bringing diversity to its pages over the past few years - but behind-the-scenes, the vast majority of writers and artists (it usually floats at a little over 90%) are still men.

Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso, though - speaking to USA Today about the changes to the Marvel Universe - not only revealed that...

"We've put the onus on the creators to come up with big changes in the lives of our characters, whether it's Spider-Man or Ms. Marvel or Daredevil or the Hulk...You're going to be looking at, in certain cases, new characters inhabiting those roles, and new characters dealing with profound changes in the relationships with others around them and where they live."

...but also that those creators will include (hopefully a far greater amount of)...

"diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity."

Which is, frankly, long overdue. After all:

There are a Hell of a Lot of Incredible Non-White and Female Writers and Artists Out There, Who Haven't Had a Shot For...Absolutely No Good Reason Whatsoever...

...And if Marvel really is set to do something about that, as well as continuing to increase diversity in the comic-books themselves, then we could be in for some seriously incredible comics over the next few years...

What do you reckon, though?



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