Marvel Comics announced on The View today that the NEW Thor would be a woman!
The New #1 Comic won’t appear until October– so details are still sketchy. Some sites already seem to be expecting a geek backlash of some sort… And I just don’t get it. Thor’s half-brother LOKI took female form for years in various Marvel Comics… And fanboys ate it up.
Nah, if I had any “fanboy” gripe at all– it’s that the change, of course, is generating a new #1 comic. I get the move from a financial perspective (new series always pay off big– at least initially)… But I think if Marvel really wanted to make a statement, they would have had the woman simply become the star of the current Thor comic. Just have it happen. No fanfare… Like it’s the natural order of things.
Here’s a direct quote from the press release:
Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “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.”
Cool. Cool. Cool. But you know what else I’m waiting for? The day when a hero’s gender, race, skin color and sexual orientation have NOTHING to do with whether (or not) a person is a hero.
Will that happen in my lifetime? Probably not, as long as publishers and the media continue to go nuts over these changes– acting as if any major/minor difference is an aversion from the social norm, deserving of grand publicity.
I look forward to a day when a hero’s status/popularity and newsworthiness lies only in their actions and their words… Having zero to do with anything which might be considered “different” from the usual male hero fantasy.
– Ian MacMillan