Thor #364 was the first comic book I had ever read. It’s the one where Loki turns Thor into a Frog. After that, I was hooked on the Thor series. I have been collecting ever since.
A lot of you may remember a post I made awhile back about being bullied terribly as a child and finding some solace in Marvel Comic Books. As a child, Thor was my hero. He was everything that represented strength to me. His gender never was an issue for me. It was what he represented that I loved so much; then and now.
Now, Thor is disgraced and deemed not worthy enough to wield his magical hammer. At first, I was interested to see him regain his right to hold the hammer. Thor has always come through during hard times and fought his way back from any issue. However, Marvel is bringing in a new female character and taking away, not only his hammer, but his name. It also sounds like they will be discarding him for a while.
Young girls need inspiration. They need a comic book hero that is original and made just for them. One that doesn’t have gigantic boobs and a size 0 waist. We never asked for any major comic book company to recycle a character we already loved.
Marvel’s writer Jason Aaron stated that the new Hammer Wielding Heroine 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.” No. She is not. She is not THOR of the Marvel Universe. They are marketing it wrong.
This new character could have been so much cooler. She could have been original. She could have made her own way in the series. Now, she will always just be the copycat shadow of Thor. Marvel should have marketed this character as “A New Female Avenger! Thor is no longer worthy of holding the hammer so a new hero must take his place among the team of heroes.” That would have been just fine. Not saying this female is Thor.
Marvel is my life. I bleed it. I love it. I live it. However, I will not accept this female character as Thor. She will always be the woman who can now hold the hammer. Whoever the female is that takes over the role of Thor on the team, would have a name already and a back story. I really am hoping they elaborate more on that.
I know, for many, that this isn’t a big deal and that the comic book hasn’t come out yet so don’t judge it. That is true. Maybe we will read this comic and it’s actually really awesome and everyone loves it. However, the marketing of this announcement is really what I question. I honestly question the entire approach that Marvel let “The View” announce it. I was, and still am, greatly insulted about that. Did Marvel think that all women watch “The View?” “The View” is a show dedicated to the incompetence of bickering women who have nothing better to do but complain about everything. The show is disrespected to women. This, of course, is my opinion. I do not watch the show because I can’t stand the people on it. It disappoints me that Marvel thought this was a good idea.
As a female nerd who reads comic books religiously, I have craved and begged companies to create a female character that would make me not feel like a slut if I cosplayed her. I want a strong female character that is a wonderful example for woman, especially young girls who love comics. This is just proving to me that big comic book companies just don’t know how, or don’t understand how, to create a new and ambitious female character with her own name and identity. It reminds me of a lot of how it seems impossible for anyone to fathom that Wonder Woman could actually be an epic movie if only given the chance and a good director who understood the series.
Regardless of my feelings about this, I will always love Marvel. I will continue to read their stuff and support them. I understand they are trying to be edgy and try to bring in new people. I am not new. I have followed them for over 20 years. I loved what they were doing and hope that in the future they will one day consider creating a new character that women can actually 100% support. I don’t want a genderswap recycled character.
Marvel is still the greatest thing that ever happened to my life.
Thanks for reading.
DISCLAIMER: I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with this and I totally understand that. Everyone has their own opinions and I greatly respect them. I, personally, do not like this move that does not mean I am in any way bashing those who love it. Have a great day!