Writer Chuck Wendig has been fired by Marvel.
In statements on a blog post and on Twitter, Wendig, who was writing for Marvel’s Shadow of Vader comic book series, as well as an unannounced Star Wars book, opened up about the firing, which he says was due to “vulgarity” and “negativity” on social media.
So, here’s a thing that has happened – I just got fired from Marvel. Taken off issues 4 and 5 of SHADOW OF VADER, and taken off an as-yet-unannounced SW book.
This might be a long thread, so apologies in advance.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
“Today I got the call. I’m fired. Because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring,” Wendig said, “Seriously, that’s what Mark [Paniccia], the editor said. It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part. Basically, because I was not civil.”
Wendig has drawn fire on social media for his outspoken political views, and in response to the firing, he said, “this is really quite chilling. And it breaks my heart. I am very sad, and worried for the country I live in, and the world, and for creative people all around.”
Following the release of Star Wars: Aftermath in 2015, the writer says he was on the receiving end of a “negative review campaign” which began “the very minute the book dropped online” which piled up one-star reviews in response to the book’s inclusion of LGBT characters.
Wendig also said he has been the target of harassment for years, saying he had been required “to contact local police and warn them of SWATting attempts.”
Wendig’s is not the first high-profile firing attributed to negative or controversial social media presence. Wendig himself referenced Marvel firing James Gunn, who, until earlier this year, was set to direct Guardian’s of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Recently, Gunn signed on to write, and potentially direct, the next Suicide Squad.
IGN reached out to Marvel, who had no comment on Wendig’s statements, but confirmed the company has parted ways with him.