For those of us who’ve been interested in the strangely-dwindling fortunes of Marvel’s diversity when it comes to solo titles, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso kind of addresses that over at CBR:
I think you’ll see our commitment to diversity is apparent across the line, and has been for some time. Black Panther has anchored a monthly title on and off for the past 8 years, and is certain to be back in the mix in 2012, Luke Cage has been a central character in [Brian] Bendis’ Avengers, and Shang Chi’s role in “Spider-Island” is a taste of things to come — and those are just three characters off the top of my head… It’s not like we’ve stopped trying, either. Besides Miles Morales in the Ultimate Universe, we’ve introduced a wide variety of multicultural characters in the Marvel Universe: the super-powered bounty hunter team, the Zapata Brothers, from “Moon Knight” and “Deadpool Team-Up”; Reptil from “Avengers Academy”; Coldmoon and Dragonfire from “Point One”; Raizo Todo from “Fear Itself: Hulk”; and “Battle Scars” Sergeant Marcus Johnson, who is a character you’ll definitely want to keep your eye on — I mean, eyes. Also, Striker just came out of the closet in “Avengers Academy,” and Wiccan and Hulkling continue to play a huge role in “Young Avengers/Avengers: Children’s Crusade.” I feel like I’m just getting started.
He later goes on to say something unexpected: “Creating any character with the intention of having them anchor an ongoing title is probably the fastest way for them not to catch on.” While that’s probably just good business sense in today’s market, especially for Marvel, there’s something very… I don’t know, pessimistic about both creators’ ability to come up with compelling new characters and readers’ willingness to stick with books featuring new ideas in that point of view; it feels as if it dooms Marvel’s ongoing series output to spin-offs and revamps for the foreseeable future for some reason, although I can’t believe that was his intent.