Jul 16 2014

So Thor is a Woman Now

Published by at 9:00 am under Comics,Images

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Considering comic books were popularized when it seemed like nearly the only people interested in them were white males, and as such we got a lot of white male heroes that still exist to this day.

Marvel is attempting to rectify that by changing a few of their heroes. They made Spider-man a black teen, Ms. Marvel a Muslim girl and now Thor? She’s a lady. But not Lady-Thor. Actual Thor, so says writer Jason Aaron.

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

It’s an interesting idea, to simply up and change the gender of a major hero like this, making it canon and not some “alternate bizarro universe” switcharoo. What do you make of this? Cool way to promote gender equality among superheroes? Or should new female superheroes be developed instead?

 

 





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10 responses so far

  • ferryman

    Idiocy of the highest order. Next thing you know Archie is going to get into trouble while defending some gay gun grabber!

    • Shawn

      haha! I said basically the same thing to a friend of mine earlier today. Politics and Comics are a bad mix.

  • Lucas Tetrault

    I honestly am not for it. If you want to have a powerful Norse Goddess and get rid of Thor – be my guest. But to just say, “hey, now Thor is a woman and she is still being called Thor” … that’s just stupid. That’s like calling Jane Tarzan instead. It doesn’t make any sense and is just a bad scheme to lure the feminine society into comic books (which by the way is probably one of the worst characters to try and do that with …)

    If you want strong women in comics, look up Rogue, Jean Grey, Storm, Catwoman, Barbara Gordon, the new Marvel Girl, Wonder Woman and the list goes on and on.

    True, comics are somewhat one sided but at the same time there are plenty of female leads that are powerful and inspiring. The way that Marvel went around announcing this and how it was plastered all over the internet is a shame because it comes off more as a ploy rather than a well thought out character arc and a way to change things up.

    Seriously, Mjölnir reads that “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Not that they will be named Thor.

    I’m just saying.

    I mean if we’re going to be fair here, let’s just go ahead and make Wonder Woman into Wonder Man instead.

  • David R

    Wasn’t the idea that “Thor” is now a title? Like, Thor is what they call the person who wields the hammer? I could be confused, because I haven’t cared enough to really dig into all the press releases.

  • robinvik1 .

    To me it seems disrespectful. Your gender is a huge part of your identity and isn’t something you can just change willy-nilly. But I don’t really read comics and as I understand it they can get pretty crazy so maybe it’s okay.

  • nickro

    Honestly think all this gender changing is crap. I get they want to add a more diverse audience but it seems there are better ways to go about it.

    As long as they don’t change Thor in the MCU I could really care less. I don’t read the comics.

  • NeoDevilZ

    Hm an interesting question.

    The problem when comic books attempt to create diverse characters is that it ends up as “Black/Female/Gay version of _____”

    They just take an existing character, toss in a difference and now its a new character.

  • Shawn

    Sigh… Thor is male. The Norse Mythos is full of strong female characters, they should of picked one of them.

    Freyja, as one example.

  • Rex_Hondo

    A lot of coverage of this story is doing a really bad job of pointing out that the current Thor is not changing sexes or genders. This is a different person taking up the hammer, just like when Eric Masterson did it. He used the name Thor as well.
    And, frankly, from an in-universe perspective, it makes sense that, when the person holding Mjolnir tells you to call him or her Thor, the smart response is, “Whatever you say, Thor.”

    • Lucas Tetrault

      I’m going to agree to disagree. Even the inscription on the hammer uses “he” … and nothing says that the person should be called Thor.

      If they wanted to get rid of Thor and have someone take up Mjölnir and continue the badassness that way – then I’m all for it. Marvel screwed up by getting rid of him, replacing him with a female (for no good apparent reason really) only because they’re trying to sell comics to a different demographic.

      Had they done the entire transition without making a big marketing effort and publicizing it maybe people would be more apt to accept it. Like if they were to have Thor die in one of the comics and then a battle worn woman/goddess picks up the hammer to defend his honor and win the battle. Again, no reason to call her “Thor” …

      For shame Marvel.

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