Marvel has announced that in a new series, Thor is going to be a woman. Not She-Thor, or Lady Thor, or Ms. Thor. Not the old Thor being turned into a woman through wacky hijinks. A woman will come forward to wield Mjolnir and take up the mantle of Thor. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited.
I’ll admit that I don’t know what’s going on in the world of Thor in comics, so I don’t know what has happened/will happen to make him “unworthy” of Mjolnir. Frankly, I don’t care that much. In the press release, Marvel referred to Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man as their “big three”, and that is three boring white men right there. I feel little if any shame in saying that I do not care at all for either of these three heroes. I like Norse mythology a lot, and I still didn’t care about Thor. But I do think that making Thor a woman might be the thing that tips the scales in favor of my interest.
There’s been the usual, predictable outpouring of nerd boy rage, which has gotten to formulaic as to be utterly boring. “But Thor has always been a man!” Yes, that’s an even more compelling reason as to why she should be a woman now. “It’s a gimmick!” You may be right, but this won’t be the first or last time, and this is not worth your anger. “Politically correct bullshit!” Please cease. To exist. The only thing that I’d really like to note is that this is not technically the first time a woman has been found worthy to wield Mjolnir – Storm, of the X-Men, has wielded it before. In a crossover with DC comics (which I find pretty baffling actually), both Wonder Woman and Superman were able to lift it.
What is interesting to me is how this was announced. It happened on The View, an ABC morning show. This is the type of show that is primarily watched by retirees, stay-at-home parents, and certainly women more than men. Hardly the usual target demographic of most comics news. To my surprise, the press release outright stated that this is part of an initiative to directly target female comics fans and hoping to draw more women into reading comics. I can’t say I have any problem with this; my reaction is more along the lines of “Yes! Cater to me and my demographic! Acknowledge my purchasing power!”
And what’s more, another Marvel representative is going to be on The Colbert Report later tonight to announce yet another major line-up change. This is still an interesting choice of location, though much more in-line with comics audience viewing habits. My best friend guessed (I think correctly) that they’ll be announcing Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. There’s been rumors about this for a while, and considering the venue, I think it’s appropriate. This would make Marvel’s “big three” (which is so weird to me, since I still think of their top team as the X-Men), instead of three white men: a white man, a black man, and a white woman. I don’t need to detail all the reasons why this is is better, and more interesting, and is long, long overdue. We should be past the point of female heroes and heroes of color being remarkable, newsworthy stories, but we’re not, so I’m still going to celebrate.
Because I am working Real People Business Hours, and am very fragile if I don’t get enough sleep, I probably won’t be up that late to actually watch The Colbert Report tonight. I’ll catch up on what happened in the morning and update this post then. Here’s hoping for good news!