The hype was strong this past week as rapid-fire announcements were made about Black Panther‘s expanding cast. Unfortunately, we have to wait two years to see Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan accompany Chadwick Boseman on the big screen. To keep the hype train going, Marvel confirmed the actors and characters for a closer MCU installment, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Welcome Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Ok, so I’m willing to bet most of you have heard about the big upset in the Marvel Universe by now: a woman has taken up Thor’s mantle. She’s not Lady Thor or Thorina. She is Thor the Goddess of Thunder. She wields the hammer,the moniker and all that comes with it. Despite a lot of male fans being upset over this, the series is going strong with a killer plot arc to boot, which explores her rise to power and the Odinson coping with his loss of identity. Though I am not usually a fan of the Thor solo series, I couldn’t put the first five issues of this amazing comic down. Let’s take a look at Thor the Goddess’ story, and how it overlaps with that of Thor the….Shirtless, I guess.
If you haven’t yet heard, Marvel has decided Thor will soon be getting a sex change of sorts. While I can’t say the method they’re using makes sense to me (having a woman pick up Thor’s hammer and be titled “Thor”), I do think that having Thor be a woman is cool.
Comic books are the mythology of the 21st century. Our fabled characters wear capes and cowls instead of cutting off the heads of animals and kissing frogs. Each character has a distinct origin and defining features, but over time the story changes with retellings. The only difference between mythology and comics is that with comics, there is a record of every telling. The Grimm Brothers are probably rolling in their graves over the most recent retellings of The Snow Queen, but the masses are not complaining because of how good it is (I’m talking about Frozen).
Superheroes go through this same process only more rapidly. Batman has gone through several incarnations much stranger than this. My favorite is vampire Batman. Thor is going to be a woman. Spider-Man is African-American. One of the Green Lanterns is gay. Changes get made. While I can understand people being upset about how this is coming about, people are just upset that this is happening, and that’s not okay. Continue reading A Thunderous Response to Thor News→