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Friday, January 29, 2021 

Chicago's science museum has a Marvel exhibition planned for March

NBC Chicago's announced the city science museum has a special exhibition planned for March, focused on Marvel's history:
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry will reopen to the public in early March with a special new exhibit, as Marvel fans will get a chance to learn more about the remarkable comic book company’s history.

[...] According to the press release, the exhibit celebrates Marvel’s history, and will feature more than 300 artifacts, including costumes, props and original art.
What bothers me is the likelihood it'll include everything post-2000, no matter how awful, and worst, without any objective notes on whether a particular story and art is good or bad. For example, what if the exhibit includes pages from J. Michael Straczynski's Spider-Man run? Who in the right frame of mind wants to see how that panned out, with its frustrating inconsistencies with past continuity, editorial mandates leveled against Mary Jane Watson, and worst of all, the Sins Past storyline that horribly misused MJ as much it did Gwen Stacy? Unless there's some objectivity in the exhibit, which is unlikely if the organizers did it in cooperation with the publisher, there wouldn't be a point in putting that on display. And what artwork will be seen? If it's something really bad from the past decade published as part of Marvel's official output, they'll make a laughing stock of themselves putting it on display at the museum. And if they don't make use of such items, it'll be a confirmation they realize bad artwork commissioned by Marvel editorial since Axel Alonso's role as EIC wouldn't boost the exhibit's image and reputation one bit.

Whatever'll be on display at the museum exhibit though, it's hard to feel encouraged when you see the publisher is collapsing under only so much political correctness, and could soon be going out of business.

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It should be up to the readers to decide which stories are good and bad, not the musuem curators.

Marvel has not been politically correct for a long time; they have been suppressing voices criticizing or even just making fun of the government administration for a while now (for example, Art Spiegelman) and their stories have become a lot more politically bland. They still have some good comics, but fewer than a few years back, and the ones that are good are more traditional, interresting to read but nothing innovative, nothing really original.

It will be interesting to see if this changes now that Trump is off down South holding court in Florida and Biden is president.

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