MARVEL Nixes Partnership With Military Contractor Following Fan Outrage

MARVEL Nixes Partnership With Military Contractor Following Fan Outrage

The cancellation of the partnership with Northrop Grumman is the second surprise New York Comic Con-related cancellation of a Marvel project; earlier this week, Netflix pulled a panel promoting Marvel's The Punisher following the Las Vegas shooting last weekend.

Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada was asked about it at his "Cup O' Joe" panel Saturday morning, to which he responded, "I'll be honest with you, I saw it for the first time as you guys. It was really about science and education". According to Quesada, he was made aware of the partnership when everyone else was and he feels the proper steps have since been taken to rectify the issue.

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Well, as you can imagine, there was plenty of backlash against it and one fan assiduously pointed out that Marvel was "partnering with war mongering weapon merchants that are villains in your movies".

Business Insider reports that fans have been vocally upset after Marvel announced a partnership with the world's fifth-largest defense contractor for New York Comic-Con on Twitter.

We don't know much yet, but it looks like there will be a promotional comic featuring the Avengers and "Northrop Grumman Elite Nexus", or N.G.E.N.

But then, with no explanation, the Marvel Twitter account tweeted that the event would no longer go ahead. Marvel Entertainment didn't reveal anything more about the partnership, and to learn more the company encouraged fans to head to their New York Comic Con booth on Saturday afternoon.

"However, as the spirit of that intent has not come across, we will not be proceeding with this partnership including this weekend's event programming", they said.

In a matter of hours after the announcement, Marvel pulled the whole presentation and confirmed that they were ending their partnership with Northrop Grumman. Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN.

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