Anti-Latter-day Saint Reference Scrubbed from Spider-Man Comic

Anti-Latter-day Saint Reference Scrubbed from Spider-Man Comic

An anti-Latter-day Saint reference has been removed from the latest issue of the Amazing Spider-Man comic book.

Ryan Ottley, an artist for Marvel Entertainment, originally included a visual reference to the CES Letter, an online document by former member Jeremy Runnells that criticizes the faith.

Ryan Ottley/Marvel Entertainment


Ryan Ottley/Marvel Entertainment


Marvel investigated and decided to remove the reference. They released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The art reference in Amazing Spider-Man #4 was included without awareness by Marvel of its meaning. As a policy, Marvel does not permit hidden controversial messages in its artwork. The reference will be removed from all subsequent printings, digital versions and trade paperbacks.”

Ottley also gave a statement about why he included the reference in the first place:

“I’ve spoken with Marvel about my recent artwork, and I have no animosity toward members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My entire family are members, as are many of my friends, and I would never include anything mean-spirited about them or their beliefs. The reference was in regards to a subject I am interested in and a personal decision I made in my life. It has nothing to do with the character, the story or Marvel.”

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