Hickman also addressed the new-character-connundrum of mainstream comics, characterizing the problem as "tricky."
"Most of the talent creating books at Marvel are fairly progressive, so generally we all want diversity in the abstract," he said. "The problem comes from the fact that the catalog of Marvel (and DC) characters are predominantly straight white male because of the era they were conceived in -- and it's the basic building blocks of what we have to work with. Which begets the question: Well Jonathan, if this is really one of the root causes of the problem, if you really feel that way -- if you're not a fraud -- why don't you just go create some new, more diverse characters?
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