Marvel editor Sana Amanat, whose influence can be felt behind titles like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and New Warriors, spoke at TEDxTeen earlier this month, and TED have made the official video of the presentation available online.
“Speaking at TEDxTeen was one of the highlights of my career," Amanat said. "Not only because I was amidst such incredible individuals, but also I could finally share with the world how empowering and inspiring Super Hero stories can be.”
To celebrate Amanat’s presentation, Marvel is offering a free, digital collection, All-New Marvel Now! Teen Heroes. Head to marvel.com/tedx, add the All-New Marvel Now! Teen Heroes collection to your cart and use the provided promo code TEEN to get your FREE digital collection that includes Ms. Marvel #1, All-New X-Men #1, New Warriors #1 and Nova #1 to read in the Marvel Comics App (offer ends 3/31 11PM EST).
The presentation, titled “Myths, Misfits & Masks,” addressed how societal constructs and stereotypes can impact the self-perception and self-worth of individuals—in particular teens & adolescents who may be the most impressionable. How can we manage others expectations of our identities and establish our authentic self? This idea is evaluated through the lens of positive and accessible imagery and storytelling—and comic book stories in particular through their aspirational impact. Enter the X-Men, Spider-Man & now Ms. Marvel – comic book characters in Marvel’s long history of sharing stories about the powers that come with being “different.”
You can check it out below.