Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel

As New York Comic Con kicked off its celebrations, fans prepared for the revelry and the pantheons of the geek world got ready to accommodate. There were the expected bits – the panels and interviews, the signings, the amazing cosplay and the hunt for free merchandise – and then there were the unfortunate moments where you couldn’t help but wonder what everyone involved was thinking. That honor fell to Marvel this year, as the arguable leaders of the geek world right now announced then quickly cancelled a comics partnership with defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

The collaboration was set to feature a comics cross-over between The Avengers and a newly created “Northrop Grumman ...

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