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Comic Book Characters That Were Criticized For 'Forced Diversity' And Became Fan Favorites Anyway

Both DC and Marvel Comics have made dedicated efforts to add significant diversity to their next generation of superheroes - and in trying to do the right thing, they've ignited one of the biggest comic book character controversies in recent memory. Whether a character is a unique invention or an update of an established hero or villain, critics often deride these new characters as examples of "forced diversity."

However, the results show that even if Marvel or DC had truly strong-armed diversity into their comics - or, more likely, allowed it to grow organically - the characters now more accurately reflect the real world. Many of these "legacy characters" have done more than merely fill the shoes of those who came before them - they've already become so popular and influential that they're starting to carve out personal legacies.

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