BREAKING: Marvel Fires Star Wars Writer Chuck Wendig

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It appears that Marvel has fired writer Chuck Wendig just days after he appeared on a Lucasfilm Publishing panel at New York Comic-Con 2018. In a stirring string of tweets Friday afternoon, Wendig detailed the events of his firing for all fans to see. Before the thread is censored or removed, you can view it by clicking on Wendig’s first tweet of the thread here:

Marvel Fires Star Wars Writer Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig burst onto the Star Wars scene with the Aftermath trilogy. The series chronicled the events following the Empire’s downfall, including Han and Chewbacca’s eventual liberation of Kashyyyk. Each of the books in the series was a best-seller, but some fans criticized Wendig’s writing style. A more vocal minority condemned his use of an openly gay character in the Star Wars universe for the first time.

Chuck Wending at a New York Comic-Con panel of Star Wars writers just this past Saturday.

Wendig seems to key on that backlash, and his personal politics in general, as the background reason for his firing. In the tweet-stream, he notes the harassment he received as a result of his politics and his characters:

It’s not what Chuck Wendig Believes, It’s How He Conveys It

It doesn’t appear as if the publishing company took issue with Chuck Wendig’s politics per se, but rather with the way in which he would reply to his detractors through social media:

“Today I got the call. I’m fired. Because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring. Seriously, that’s what Mark, the editor said. It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part.”

He further notes that the editor “seemed genuinely upset” at Wendig’s tweets and profanity. Wendig then goes on to say that he believes it to be a Marvel decision, not a Lucasfilm one. If that’s the case, this falls right in line with the company’s firing of James Gunn earlier this summer. It’s interesting that these firings come from Marvel and not from its parent company Disney or sister company, Lucasfilm.

Let’s be honest – If any of the three is bound to have offensive content, it’s Marvel. From buxom female superheroes on the written page to yes, even profanity in the Avengers movies, Marvel is ironically the worst offender of them all.

It remains to be seen how the aftermath of this all shake out. Right now, however, Chuck Wendig is no longer writing Star Wars comics for Marvel.