Marvel is taking a hiatus from the superhero theme and branching out into a new world of magic with a brand new comic series. The new concept seems to be Marvel's version of Hogwarts and they are looking to reach the young adult crowd. The New Orleans-based project, called Strange Academy, is actually getting a lot of shade on the Internet.
The debut of Strange Academy is created by long-time Marvel artist (known for his work in Spider-Man), Humberto Ramos and experienced Marvel writer, Scottie Young.
The fresh comic series is a supernatural coming-of-age saga based on a group of teens with magical powers who attend a "special" school in New Orleans.
In an Associated Press interview with Scottie, the talented writer states, "It just kind of occurred to me that there’s a nice history and folklore about magic and the mystic arts and the dark arts and things like that that kind of surround the mythos of New Orleans."
Strange Academy will introduce all-new characters, but of course they will tie in some of their other franchises, including Doctor Strange who will be the teens' mentor.
Marvel just announced Thursday (Dec. 5) that the comic will launch in March 2020. Those three months will be here before we know it. Although some are excited, Strange Academy is actually getting a lot of backlash according to Twitter.
This user seems to think that the whole concept is already off to a bad start.
"I'm not an Humberto Ramos fan, but I can't criticize the art. To each their own. But Skottie Young's writing is forced. "Kiddie" dialogue that doesn't "sound" authentic," reads the Tweet.
Some even claim it's unoriginal.
This Twitter skeptic isn't afraid to speak her mind with a post that says, "Is it me or is #StrangeAcademy from @Marvel a rip on @themagiciansPH or @cwlegacies ? #comicbooks #magic"
People are even getting angry from a cultural standpoint, claiming that the comic isn't representing New Orleans properly.
"So #StrangeAcademy is set in New Orleans due to its real world history of mysticism... but doesn't feature anyone the least bit Creole on the creative team... And you thought J.K. Rowling's lack of regional understanding in Fantastic Beasts got awkward fast... #FizzVsComics," declares one user.
On a lighter note, we have the optimists who are eager for Marvel's newest comic.
"Humberto Ramos, my favorite artist ever, is working on a comic again. I am super happy!!!! This book is essentially Hogwarts x Marvel comics and I am all about the look of this class. #StrangeAcademy #MarvelComics #DoctorStrange #avengers," this user tweets excitedly.
We'll see how fans feel after the official release next year.
In other Marvel news in the South, productions for the big screens are taking place in Atlanta inlcuding and Falcon and the Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Marvel actor Chris Pratt is filming Tomorrow World here too.