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Captain America is once again front and centre this week with the release of the comic Secret Empire #0. Marvel has been making headlines recently due to controversy. In March, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel made comments–and later backpedalled on them–about how readers didn’t want diversity, and it was contributing to declining sales. The backlash against that included analyses like CBR‘s, which attributed the low numbers to market saturation and failing to deliver on promises of exciting new content. But with Secret Empire, Marvel’s attempt to tell a brand new story with a fan-favourite character seems to only be hurting them more.