Earlier today, Marvel made a big announcement on the popular talk show, The View. It was revealed hours ago that the role of Thor would be portrayed by a woman starting in a future comic story arc.
In a press release, Marvel senior writer Jason Aaron said:
“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.”
Marvel editor Will Moss added:
“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Most likely, this change will be implemented by either killing off Thor or having his powers taken by force.
Of course, the news came as a shock to many comic book fans, who were divided on their opinions. Some thought this could open up the door for an interesting storyline, while others slammed the decision as a blatant, politically correct attempt to win over the female audience.
The subject of women in comic books has been a hot topic for quite sometime. Just the other day, businesswomen Julie Kerwin and Dawn Nadeau announced plans for a toyline of superhero figures appropriate for girls. On their Kickstarter page, they openly criticized modern action figure lines for being "more Hooters than Heroine."
The fact that Marvel made this announcement on The View, a show with a predominately female audience, is also questionable.
Then again, comic book re-incarnations are nothing new. After all, in DC Comics, the Green Lantern comics replaced Hal Jordan with John Stewart. Some say that John Stewart is a better Green Lantern than Hal Jordan.
This isn't the first controversial character change either. Back in 2011, Marvel introduced Miles Morales: a black/hispanic re-incarnation of Spider-Man (seen above). Again, this was criticized as political correctness. Despite the initial fanboy outrage, he has since been accepted as a member of the Marvel Comic Universe.
So what do you think? Is this Marvel opening the door for new possibilities, or just pandering to feminists and trying to cater to a female audience?