Marvel's Editor-In-Chief Says It's "Impossible" To Not Sexualise Comic Book Characters

    Axel Alonso admitted to The Telegraph that male characters aren't as sexualised as female characters, but claims Marvel is "making efforts to change that trend as it exists".

    Marvel Comics has come under fire recently for its sexualisation of female comic characters. The latest incident involved this variant cover by Milo Manara for the first issue of its new Spider-Woman series.

    Marvel's portrayal of female characters takes steps forward and backwards almost simultaneously. Before the Spider-Woman cover, it introduced both a female Thor and Kamala Khan – a young, Muslim Ms. Marvel.

    But although reactions to the new Thor and Ms. Marvel have generally been positive – bar grievances about breastplates – the sexualisation of female comic book characters is still, well, problematic.

    Speaking to The Telegraph's Radhika Sanghani, he admitted: "I don’t think men are as sexualised as women."

    He also told Sanghani that apparently "it's impossible not to sexualise [comic] characters", and that sex appeal is something "we will always have in comic books, but we want to not sexualise them too much".

    And although he'd be "proud" to give Ms. Marvel and Black Widow to his daughter, he doesn't want to be "Mr Goody-Two-Shoes" and the "PC police" because if there's "no room for stuff that's not just fun", "you're censoring yourself". Oh.

    For example, when Alonso said he can't avoid sexualising comic book characters, he said it's because characters are "defined by their physical skills".

    Just as the disputed breastplate is just "part of the construct", Alonso claimed that even if he were to advise his teams not to make "the waist too thin" when drawing female characters, the writers "might end up going there anyway".

    He also said that, when it comes to the body type of Marvel's female characters, they need to look a certain way as they need to be "relatively fit to do their jobs" as they run around in "brightly coloured tights saving the world from epic destruction".

    You can read the entire interview with Axel Alonso over at The Telegraph.