A big week for Marvel: Capt. America now Black; Thor will be a woman

Good day comic fans,

What a week it’s been for Marvel. They’ve thrown bombshells left and right with their announcements. If you’ve missed it, Thor will now be a woman. I didn’t stutter, you read it correctly, the previous Thor is unworthy in his world and the God of Thunder role will now be held by a woman. Not Thoretta, Not Queen of Thunder, she’s just named Thor.

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I wrote about it earlier this week titled: Marvel’s Thor will now be a woman. Marvel released this statement in their press release:

“This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

“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,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “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!”

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.” – Marvel 

Here’s something else that’s new. A few days ago Marvel also made another major announcement. Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evan in Capt. America 1, 2 and Avengers, pictures above) will no longer be Captain America;  It’s mentioned in an article by TIME. You can watch the video on the TIME article to see the announcement or you can check IGN’s here:

“Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to announce that the new Captain America would be a black man.

Quesada told Colbert on Wednesday night that the character Sam Wilson, who comic book fans might already know as The Falcon, would be taking over the role of Captain America in a new series launching in October.” – Megan J Gibson, TIME

Wow, can you believe it? Sam Wilson, The Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie in the movies, pictured above) was previously Capt.’s sidekick, but Sam Wilson will take up the shield this upcoming October and become the new Captain America. It’s uncertain if Mackie will play this role in future films, but one can hope.

I can’t even hold my excitement; this is an amazing turn for Marvel. Not only have they really thought about diversity and representation in comics, but we’re going to see it come to fruition this October. Non-comic fans may suddenly become comic fans and old fans will want to see how things unfold and will certainly stay tuned. I feel like Marvel is trying to reflect the diversity around us. Fangirls and women will really enjoy the new Thor (at least I hope so.) I’m proud that Marvel has taken such a bold step on this.  posted on TIME:

Fangirls, it turns out, are the great untapped resource of the comic book world, and they want to see more characters that look like them: 47% of comic fans are female, and women made up 62% of the Facebook fans of female comic characters (including Black Widow, Elektra and She-Hulk), according to Comics Beat.”

Naturally, with every major decision there are people who can’t stand change. Earlier this week when information about the new Thor was released fans had mixed opinions:

All of these changes are complete BS. The editor needs to be fired. You want diversity JUST MAKE
NEW CHARACTERS!

 “Exactly. Retconning established characters is just laziness. It’s insulting the target demographic by telling them, “We don’t have the time or inclination to create new, interesting characters for you, so here, we’ll just change this one. That’s good enough for you.

Last I checked, Thor wasnt being retconned. This woman IS a new character, it’s confusing because they’re both called Thor. This isn’t the first time Thor has been unworthy of mjolnir. And just like every other marvel story, as soon as this arc is finished, everything will go back to normal.

none of this is a retcon. None of it. The new Captain America Is Sam Wilson, the Falcon, long time partner and friend of Steve Rogers, who is filling in for Steve while he’s without his serum and is unfit for duty seeing as he’s a weak old man currently. He will be a tactician and a strategist for the Avengers, while Falcon with serve as the Avengers’ active Captain America. Thor is also nowhere close a retcon. Wendy Agbulos has it right. It’s a new character claiming Mjohnir, and therefore the Asgardian title of Thor, the new goddess of thunder. Thor Odinson, the character, is alive, a bit worn, unworthy, but still fighting, instead with his battle axe of his youth from before he acquired Mjohnir.” (All taken from Facebook feeds)

I questioned the move at first too; I wondered if this was coming from a genuine place, or if it’s to fill a diversity quota…I thought long and hard about it, and the public isn’t losing on this one. It’s a good change for both characters. Marvel also did this correctly in my mind; they didn’t just revamp the character, they made the old character step down and brought in a new, or different, character in both the Capt. America and the Thor decisions (unlike other comic organizations who re-launched their whole system and began throwing out back stories that we came to know and love for what seems like the sake of difference…)

What do you think folks? A lot going on, tons of stuff happening this week with Marvel and much to see this upcoming October. I’m glad Thor will be a woman and Capt. America will be Black, but I’m also hoping this is something they stick with and not something they’re doing just to gain fans.

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