After just recently announcing his work on the upcoming five-part Shadow of Vader miniseries, Marvel Comics has fired writing Chuck Wendig. The New York Times bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series writing revealed the firing through a string of tweets saying he had been removed on the fourth and fifth issues of the aforementioned miniseries as well as a yet unannounced Star Wars comics project.
According to Wendig’s tweets, the firing revealed to him by Marvel editor Mark Paniccia, he was told that they were firing him because of “the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring” and that there was “too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity” on his part.
Wendig, who previously wrote Hyperion and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens adaptation for Marvel, has been very outspoken about his more liberal-leaning views on Twitter for quite some time so none of his tweets should have been a surprise to the company. Back on October 07, Wendig’s account ended up suspended for five hours following his comments about the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh which caught the attention and ire of right-wing individuals like Ben Shapiro, Dinesh D’Souza and others after it went viral and began a stream of calls from the right for him to be fired from his Star Wars gigs.
This is not the first time that Wendig has faced such issues as he (along with too many others) dealt with a string of harassment from both bots and real scary people after he expanded diversity in the Star Wars universe by adding some LGBTQ characters in his Aftermath series of books.
As Wendig notes in his tweets, this will be seen as a victory for the right and Comicsgate individuals as well and continues a troubling trend. This isn’t the first time that a firing has come on a Marve property because of Tweets, as this summer Disney fired James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise because right-wing trolls dug up old tweets from over a decade ago that Gunn had apologized for in the past and that Disney was well aware of. Marvel is likely to state that online calls for Wendig’s removal didn’t play in, but just like with Gunn it’s going to prove to be a hard thing to believe for many that the two are not connected especially since Wendig’s been very outspoken for quite some time.