Despite their pseudoscientific superhero antics, Marvel comics heroes have often been respected for their intelligence and dedication to pushing the boundaries of the known universe. Whether it's a team of interdimensional space explorers in The Fantastic Four, a billionaire inventor in The Invincible Iron Man, or even just a really clever and resourceful kid in The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel has always promoted heroism through smarts.
With Marvel Studios films recently lighting up the box office, their characters are more of a driving cultural force than ever before. Fortunately, the folks behind the curtains have heard the old adage about power and responsibility.
Popular Science recently revealed Marvel will be expressing their commitment to education with promotional covers drawing attention to STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (not the PC gaming platform). David Gabriel, Marvel's VP of Sales & Marketing, explained the reasoning behind the promotion.
"With our new STEAM variants, we plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that – following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead."
You can check out the STEAM Marvel comic covers below:
By the covers - Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 uses Science to locate Galactus; Invincible Iron Man #1 sees Riri Williams Engineering her costume; on Spider-Man #10, Miles Morales web shooters represent Technology; Champions #2 illustrates its heroes creating Art; The Unbelievable Gwenpool #8 illustrates the value of Math to Hydra Bob.
While it'd be easy to dismiss this as a PR trick to ingratiate parents and teachers to otherwise mindless entertainment, Marvel's track record should be enough to satiate the cynics. In addition to their historical value of education, many of their more recent characters like Riri Williams a.k.a. Ironheart, Lunella Lafayette a.k.a. Moon Girl, and Miles Morales a.k.a. the "Ultimate" Spider-Man are (at least partially) heroes because of their investment in science. With any luck, not just these covers, but the stories beneath them will inspire a whole new generation of boys and girls to invest in the future of mankind by investing in their own educations.
The STEAM-theme Marvel variant comic book covers will be published this November.