Marvel Snap Is Going Full Furry With Its New Variant Cards

A collage of furry Snap variant cards placed over Marvel Snap's key art.

The longer I look at Black Cat(fish) the more questions I have.
Image: Marvel / Second Dinner / Kotaku

Marvel Snap, the immensely popular online card game and winner of Best Mobile Game at The 2022 Game Awards, is going full furry with its latest update.

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Before you double-check to see if you clicked on an Onion article by mistake or misread furry for “Fury” (like Nick Fury), you didn’t on both counts. According to a data mine from Marvel Snap Zone, a fan-run news site, Marvel Snap is getting a bunch of cute anthropomorphic reimaginings of iconic Marvel characters.

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Chief among the data mine’s barnyard of furry variant characters is a Moose Mr. Fantastic, a robot-rooster Deathlok, a cat version of Captain America, a fish (?) version of Black Cat, a bear version of Nick Fury 😏, and an ant…Ant-Man.

While developer Second Dinner’s furry card variants, which I assume must be a part of Spider-Ham’s wacky universe, are a far cry from its lackluster pixel art variants, I can’t help but scratch my head at Captain America and Black Cat’s fursona variant cards. Black Cat as a black cat seems like a layup of a design choice but for whatever reason, her variant is a catfish version of Angelina Jolie from Shark Tale that’s somehow sporting heels. Call it Black Catfish. Also, while I’m on my soapbox, why isn’t Cap a golden retriever instead of a cat boy? His Hollywood actor, Chris Evans, fookin’ loves doggos (as he should), so why is his Snap fursona a feline?

Kotaku reached out to Second Dinner for comment, mostly about that last thing.

Aside from furry Snap variant cards coming to your area code, Marvel Snap’s latest patch update also introduced a bunch of new cards, updated art and visual effects, and bug fixes. You can read the rest of Marvel Snap’s February patch notes in full here.

Furry Community Divided As Convention Drops Covid Requirements

An upcoming furry convention is no longer requiring its attendees to be tested or vaccinated, causing rifts to form within the furry community. Furry Weekend Atlanta (or FWA), set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia from May 11 to 14, wrote that its directors are basing their decision on the loss of federal funding for rapid testing.

On March 12, the leadership team posted a letter on the Furry Weekend Atlanta website and Twitter account stating the reasons why they’re dropping testing and booster requirements. The more effective Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) normally cost $100-200, and federal funding for the coronavirus emergency will end on May 11 (which is the first day of the convention). FWA wrote that paying for tests out-of-pocket would be cost-prohibitive for both attendees and the convention itself.

The convention was originally going to require a negative test in place of a vaccination requirement, though neither a negative test nor vaccination prevents attendees from catching covid at the event itself. FWA also wrote that it would bring back a masking requirement if infection levels are high during the event, and that there will be a “limited supply of surgical masks and hand sanitizer available to attendees who request them.” Kotaku reached out to ask how it would be enforced, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

The directors advised attendees to get the bivalent booster, but noted that less than 17% of the U.S. population have done so. They also claimed that international guests have little to no access to the booster, and so making the booster a requirement for attendance was unfair. The document did not mention how the lack of booster requirements would would affect immunocompromised convention-goers.

Worse, the convention will not be enforcing the vaccination requirements from last year. FWA has a perfectly reasonable explanation for why they would no longer be requiring any vaccines at all: Their effectiveness declines over time. They claim that they don’t want to give attendees a “false sense of security” by implementing half-measures.

The announcement attracted those who felt the change was a victory for con-goers against covid measures. Some mocked attendees for being concerned about the prevalence of coronavirus. Others felt that conventions should never have been willing to accommodate the immunocompromised, or those who were reasonably anxious about covid. Some weirdos were proud of being unvaxxed, or doubted the effectiveness of vaccines. Bro, being a furry falls within a normal human range of social behavior. Being an antivaxxer does not.

Conversely, many community members publicly disagree with FWA’s decision. “I feel like you should at least require the two base shots, even if they were received a while ago,” tweeted one commenter. “It’s better than nothing, and at least it’ll filter out all the weird antivax people.” Another wondered why FWA can’t “require” bivalent boosters like Anthro New England had. A previous attendee felt that the timing of the announcement was “shitty” and felt that last year’s “lax” mask enforcement created a “super-spreader event.”

Some pointed out that such a serious life-or-death topic should not be discussed with overly-casual language like “go get your heckin’ booster.” The directors may have been “shedding tears and hugging it out to come to this decision,” but I doubt that it reassures furries who are concerned about their wellbeing.

 

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