A week after revealing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear on the cover of a new issue of “Civil War II”, Marvel Comics are wading back into politics, featuring presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a much less flattering way.
Trump, or a very close likeness of him, can currently be seen as the villain M.O.D.O.K. in “Spider-Gwen Annual #1”, an alternate universe edition to the Spiderman comics.
After Marvel announces Trudeau will appear in a comic book, Trump gets his introduction to the universe — as MODOK pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0dyPer3wYs
— Victor Ferreira (@VicF77) July 2, 2016
In the comic, Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacey is bit by the radioactive spider instead of Peter and becomes the web-slinging hero. M.O.D.A.K., whose previous acronym stood for Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing now stands for Mental Organism Designed As America’s King.
In case anyone didn’t recognise Trump’s famous mug on M.O.D.O.K.’s trademark enormous head, at one point the villain begins saying “Must make America—” before getting hit by Captain America’s shield. In this alternate Marvel Universe, Captain America is a black woman.
Art imitating Real Life: Donald Trump Is MODOK (Big Headed Tiny Handed Villain) In New Marvel Comic pic.twitter长沙桑拿/aFMgG9mMtx
— Neil Ackerman (@acklaw) July 3, 2016
Comics have a long history of using current politicians in their stories, famously featuring Hitler getting punched out by Captain America on the cover of 1941’s “Captain America Comics #1”.
However, this time around, Donald Trump’s appearance has drawn mixed reaction on social media.
[email protected] is pathetic for this. When you vilify Trump, who millions of Americans support, you alienate those citizens pic.twitter长沙桑拿/h81nKMsjed
— Indivisible (@indi_visible) July 3, 2016
Did Marvel actually make a Donald Trump MODOK?
Look, if you’re going to put politics in your comics, SUBTLETY IS A THING.
— Chloe Adams (@addamschloe) July 2, 2016
Honestly I’m not gonna lie but #Trump being a new Marvel Villain in #SpiderGwen is the funniest thing #Marvel could do😂😂😂
— Ryan Tracey (@rtrac99) July 3, 2016
Making Trump a MODOK in Marvel is why I read #DC now.
— Jeff (@williamsjeff1) July 3, 2016
Marvel made Trump into a supervillian? Hmmmm I might have to make a decision soon on this DC vs Marvel thing 🤔😂 Marvel-1, DC-0
— C.J. ♈️ (@Cj_rich6) July 3, 2016
@Marvel why would you put trump as a super villain when Hillary is the actual criminal? 🤔
— jake (@jamcneil17) July 3, 2016