Marvel's New Variant Comic Covers Want To Get Kids Into STEM (And The Arts, Too)

Lunella Lafayette. Reed Richards. Peter Parker. Tony Stark. Amadeus Cho. Hank Pym. Some of Marvel Comics' biggest names are scientists and engineers as well as superpowered heroes. To celebrate, Marvel is having a month of STEM-themed covers to promote science education... and a little bit of the arts too, course. Revealed by Popular Science today, the covers, running throughout November on select series, are part of a push to promote interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields. Each cover takes a different Marvel hero and has them putting their backgrounds in each respective field in action — with some entrants more surprising than others.

Cover art by Joyce Chin

The covers will appear on issues of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (covering science), Spider-Man (covering technology), Champions (covering art) and Gwenpool (covering maths). A currently unrevealed engineering-focused cover will appear on, unsurprisingly, Invincible Iron Man, now starring teenage MIT genius Riri Williams rather than Tony Stark.

Cover art by Pasqual Ferry

Cover art by Pascal Campion

Cover art by Will Sliney

It's a fun way to try and inspire younger readers into learning more about STEM (and STEAM) fields — plus, a way to see some of our favourite heroes doing what they do best... aside from punching the crap out of each other, that is.


    Lol steAm. I just heard that Sesame St song play in my head.

    "One of these things is not like the other..."

    *scrolling down*
    Those are pretty coo... what is that?
    What the blazes is "Gwenpool? I thought the alternate universe Gwen was Spider-Gwen.
    *Goes and looks it up*
    Oh... she's NOT Gwen Stacy, but was made off of alternate concept art of Gwen Stacy that got popular. That's pretty neat.

    I think it's a good idea - certainly would have been more effective at getting me interested in STEM than any of my science teachers!

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