New York City’s newest mayor has legalized cannabis – within the pages of Marvel Comics.
Marvel Comics has been on the frontlines of social change and reform since 1939, when Captain America punched Hitler on a comic cover while America was still debating the seriousness of the Nazi threat. The X-Men are allegories for civil rights, going back to the 60’s and including the gay rights struggle more recently.
Of course, things in comic books are never what they seem, and the fact that Daredevil villain Wilson Fisk/Kingpin is the new city boss ensures that this is a shady move for personal gain.
As seen in Daredevil #12, Fisk is trying to adjust to his role as New York City’s mayor, which has seen turbulence. Fisk finds himself having dinner with New York’s most powerful elite, and tries to meet them on equal level as they discuss his new cannabis legalization initiative.
Wilson Fisk is known for many things, but community betterment and criminal reform aren’t among them. Kingpin is of course out for his own interests:
“I have the land for growing. I have the world’s best people to cultivate it. The biggest hurdle has been to ensure that the licensing department’s rules for selling approval fall in my favor and no one else’s. But it’s gone smoothly so far.”
Unfortunately for poor Wilson, taming the economic and political shot-callers of New York seems like it’s going to be way more savage than seizing control of the criminal underworld. The wealthy elites openly mock Fisk during the dinner, even though several of them profess to willingness to stand behind the initiative to legalize weed. One man, Tyrone, is downright gleeful in his contempt for Fisk, mocking everything form Wilson’s class (or lack thereof), to his political ambitions, to personal jabs at his size.
As you might expect, The Kingpin can only keep up the mask of being a respectable and law-abiding political figure so long. Wilson excuses himself from the table to use the bathroom during dinner, and keeps his calm composure despite hearing the mocking insults traded behind his back. However, when Tyrone corners him in the bathroom and won’t let up, Fisk snaps and brutally beats the powerful magnate to death.
So, it’s probably a good thing that weed is going to be decriminalized in the Marvel Universe, because Wilson Fisk is probably going need a steady supply of it, if he hopes to maintain his chill enough to make it in political office. In all seriousness though: Marvel has never been one to shy away from incorporate new and changing world circumstances into its universe, and with the big changes in New York marijuana laws in the last few years, this is a nice little update, that’s being introduced in a clever and intriguing way.