Writer Chuck Wendig has been fired by Marvel Comics, and will no longer write Star Wars: Shadow of Vader #4 and 5.
The upcoming mini series about Darth Vader was announced Oct. 5 during the “Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away” panel at New York Comic Con 2018. The mini series was supposed to look at Darth Vader through the eyes of a number of different characters across multiple eras of the Star Wars franchise; Wendig, who appeared on the panel, said that point-of-view characters would include a fan-favorite background character from The Empire Strikes Back, a morgue attendant on the Death Star and the Acolytes of the Beyond, a religious cult obsessed with Vader after his death introduced by Wendig in his Star Wars: Aftermath novel series.
A few days after the announcement and panel, Wendig was fired by Marvel. Wendig has been outspoken in his political views on Twitter, and said Friday he was fired for “the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring.”
In a recent blog post, the writer described his thoughts on the matter and the future of the mini series.
”I like to think they’ll keep my first three — they told me I was being pulled off of 4 and 5, which leads me to believe that my completed scripts for 1, 2 and 3 will still end up out there,” he wrote. “I was honestly very proud of them. The third issue in particular! The editor (same who fired me) was very happy about it. I wasn’t kicked off the book for lack of quality.”
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