Thorina, Thorina

So Marvel wants Thor to be female? I’m fine with that. But the way they did it is a slap in two different faces:

As I understand it, and these are from the words of the creative team, Thor is not turning into a woman. If Thor were turning into a woman, I’d be more OK with this, as he’s a demigod. The rules are, always have been, and always should be, unclear on what limitations that can be placed on a demigod’s physiology. No, this is a character that is in Thor’s life, idolizes him, looks up to him, and when Thor is judged unworthy, he is stripped of his power, his hammer, and his name, and it is given to her instead. In my eyes, this is a total disrespect to both characters. You’re taking a character’s very birth name from him, the name given him by his mother and father (coincidentally, demigods themselves), and you’re giving it to someone else. Not even Loki, who slept with a horse, gave birth to a baby horse, and brought about Ragnarok, ever had his own name taken from him. You’re literally taking his identity away.

Then again, who else but Loki would want it?

And here’s the part where I don’t understand why more people concerned with diversity are upset. Why Joss Whedon and TheMarySue and all the other female-centric-viewpoint-friendly outlets aren’t rioting. You’re taking a woman, erasing her previous identity, and giving her a new one, based on an existing character. There was speculation for a bit that a previously existing female character, likely one of Marvel’s super-powered blondes, would take over. Honestly, being a fan of both Valkyrie and Ms/Captain Marvel (likely candidates to stand in for Thor, based on appearance and power levels), I am certainly hoping that is not the case. Both of these characters have a pretty rich history and stand on their own merits, and to have all of that taken away from them and just have “THOR” pasted over it would be pretty insulting. There’s a lot of really awesome pre-existing female characters in the Marvel U that I’m now worried about, because I want them to keep existing as who they are, and not having the identity of Thor pasted over theirs.

This, however, should be considered a warning:

[W]hy was this announced on The View? Since when was The View considered a source of comic book news?

At best, The View is a source of news that fails to reach the level of comic books, which is not the same thing. This tells me that Marvel doesn’t really give a crap about this; they just want Aggrieved Women to shut up, and they’re fool enough to think that this will do the trick.





2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    22 July 2014 · 8:54 am

    I know there are kickass female Asgardians. If all Marvel wants is to quell the harridans, they could simply launch a comic festuring one of them. Of course, we know why that’s not happening: it would never sell.

    What this thing will be about is not Thorette fighting evil, it will be about Thor Emeritus fighting to regain his name and magic helmet. Which he will.

  2. fillyjonk »

    22 July 2014 · 9:46 am

    It would make more sense to have the comic-world “temporarily” afflicted by Rule 63 waves, IMHO.

    I dunno. The only comics I read feature pastel ponies or little owls, so I don’t really have an opinion on this. Other than that Wonder Woman needs her own movie but they probably won’t do one because they will never find anyone to play her who was as perfect for the role as Lynda Carter was.

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