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Saturday, April 14, 2007 

Could Marvel have "killed off" Captain America because of this?

Not content with just being anti-American in their storytelling, Marvel's management is now following in the footsteps of Halliburton* (the company Michael Moore profited from even as he attacked them), and doing a deal with Dubai to open a theme park there.

FastCompany, a mostly business related blog, wondered if Capt. America was sacrificed on the alter of global business (or, put another way, to appease the enemy):
Less than two weeks after the surprise death of this superhero created during World War II to embody the patriotic spirit, Marvel Entertainment Group announced a partnership with UAE-based Al Ahli Group. According to Marvel’s press release, this partnership “will bring Marvel’s full library of Super Heroes – including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The X-Men, Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer – to Dubai for a major new theme park destination being developed by AAG.” Captain America died just in time.

Apparently, there is no longer room in Marvel’s library for a super hero that symbolizes – and, indeed, is named for – America. Marvel’s website calls Captain America “a fallen son,” and laments that “Captain America's death has dealt a major blow to the heroes of the Marvel Universe.” Despite any mourning period, the AP reported on March 21 that “Marvel said it is beginning talks with the developer (AAG) to partner on additional projects in the (Persian Gulf) region.”

Since the “Captain America Complex” has been linked with the global war on terror, perhaps its namesake’s days were numbered. When it comes to the global marketplace in general, and the United Arab Emirates’ booming economy in particular, it looks to me like there is no longer room for the “living symbol of freedom” (to quote Marvel’s website).
Even if it didn't have anything to do with this, Marvel is really taking a turn for the obscene by making any kind of a business deal with a country that's been harboring terrorists, terror funders, and even child slavery. Could their park venture deal hurt them stateside? Yes, it could. As word gets out, people could backlash against Marvel by boycotting their Florida-based theme park, as well as any others that are making money.

The people now running Marvel are clearly some of the most dishonest people in the business, if they're going to go miles out of their way to ignore important facts and make Faustian pacts with countries that have shady business lurking behind the scenes.

* That's not saying that Marvel's literally moving their businesses there. Nevertheless, that they're doing business with this shadily operated country, totally oblivious to any of the important facts and findings about it is very troubling.

Update: Jihad/Dhimmi Watch mentions this a bit.

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