Marvel To Debut STEAM Themed Variant Covers In November
Superhero publishers sure love a variant cover theme month, and Marvel's latest is coming in from a decidedly educational angle. In November, Marvel will release five covers celebrating the different aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with the goal of encouraging its fans to pursue their dreams, whatever field they may lie in.
The covers --- which were released today via Popular Science --- depict Marvel superheroes engaging in one of the five aspects of STEAM, and for the most part, with characters like Moon Girl and Spider-Man, Marvel has assigned characters associated with those fields to the relevant covers. It's also nice to see that the cover stars are all teenage superheroes, more than likely a purposeful move as part of Marvel's efforts to encourage its younger readers to get active in STEAM fields.
This isn't Marvel's first brush with educational promotions, as earlier this year Marvel Studios ran a contest to encourage young women to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) events for the chance to attend the Captain America: Civil War premiere and win a Marvel Studios internship. Several years earlier, the studio ran a similar contest in conjunction with Thor, specifically focused around the character of Jane Foster, who is an astrophysicists in the movies.
The five STEAM variants covers will grace Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13, Spider-Man #10, Invincible Iron Man #2, Champions #2, and The Unbelievable Gwenpool #8, although the Iron Man cover has not yet been released by Marvel.
Check out the rest of the variants below: