Stan Lee Has the Perfect Advice for Writers Trying to Inject Social Politics Into Stories

Comic book writer Stan Lee waves to the audience after being introduced onstage at the "Extraordinary: Stan Lee" tribute event at the Saban Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The late Marvel comics creator Stan Lee helped shape the culture as we know it. Lee had some very real things to say and was a master at saying them through his comics.


Marvel comics is now a sad shadow of its former self, and that’s because it has suffered the same fate that many other mediums have suffered. It has been taken over by a hard left that has put political messaging over good storytelling.

The resulting product has been so bad that the sale of Marvel comics has been falling drastically.

Making a point through creative writing is oftentimes the best way to make a point. Jesus even made his points by telling stories that helped people understand what he was talking about better.

Lee himself commented on this himself before his passing. As YouTube commentator Eric July tweeted out, the video should be mandatory viewing for every single writer at Marvel.

I’m going to go ahead and add that it should be mandatory viewing for everyone who writes creatively.

Lee says in the video that he always tried to craft his stories that it didn’t matter what race you were, making his audience as broad as possible. He added that any messages he tried to impart came second to the story itself, and never made the message so loud that it wasn’t “hitting the reader over the head.”


The amount of social justice messaging that we endure in our escapism nowadays has reached severe levels of saturation. It’s made many a beloved series and movies nearly unwatchable. A few examples involve 2016’s Ghostbusters and the recent episodes of Doctor Who. Even Star Wars wasn’t immune from social justice injection, and as a result, the story was thrown to the woodchipper in favor of imparting a female empowerment message.

Subtilty is the name of the game in any story when you’re trying to impart a message. This is also something that many a conservative storyteller has suffered from.

Lee is a sage even beyond the grave.


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