Trump as Marvel Supervillain: Media Bias Gets Comical

July 6th, 2016 12:06 PM

So Hillary gets off Scot-free and The Donald’s a supervillain. By media standards, that sounds about right.

In a recent issue of comic book Spider-Gwen Annual #1, readers were surprised to see Marvel bad guy M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), the nemesis of Captain America, become M.O.D.A.A.K. (Mental Organism Designed as America’s King). The face, skin-tone and hands of the altered villain clearly parodied Donald Trump, while speech bubbles like “Back on your feet, foreign filth!” wildly exaggerated the candidate’s views on immigration. By the end of the comic, M.O.D.A.A.K. gets defeated – by a black, female Captain America.

Obviously pleased about Trump’s newest caricature, USA Today intern Walbert Castillo wrote: “Donald Trump the supervillain is here (Thank you, Marvel!).” 

Has Hillary been similarly caricatured? Since she is now clearly above the law, she might have made a fitting M.O.D.A.A.Q. Yet, as Fortune writer Michal Addady pointed out, she has only once been transformed into a comic book figure and it was “in a much more positive light.” Figures.

This is not the first time that Marvel has displayed its liberal bent. In May, the comic book company declared that Captain America was actually a closet Nazi – an announcement that caused great backlash among fans. Around the same time, there was a movement to make the same superhero gay.

Liberal media bias is certainly comical in more ways than one.