In a bizarre example of cross-branding, Marvel announced Tuesday on ABC’s The View that Thor is now a woman. Shortly after the announcement, Ryan Penagos tweeted a quote from writer Jason Aaron: “T…
My thoughts on the new, upcoming Thor title, and how it’s kind of silly that people are complaining about Thor being a woman.
Yeah, people complaining about “pandering” must have a very limited familiarity with Marvel. Wacky variations on their trademark characters is a thing with them. And as for “pandering” through “representation”—well, these are the people who publish a character called Black Panther.
And Marvel only has eight solo female leads? Let’s see: Kamala, Carol, Shulkie, who else? Anyone?
Because if it’s, “has had,” ever, then there’s also Dazzler, Jessica Drew, Jessica Jones, Mattie Franklin, um…some miniseries for various X-Women, Shanna, Greer, and Bobbi at various points (though maybe not as the book’s title character)…I guess Millie the Model and Night Nurse don’t count?
It’s current solos. The 8 current female solo titles are Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Elektra, She-Hulk, Storm, X-Men, and now Thor, I believe. Also, Spider-woman’s getting her own series again.
Marvel’s made some big efforts on and off to have female-led titles, but a lot of them are not all that successful as ongoings (as compared to, say, Spidey or Wolverine).
That said, it looks like the landscape is changing and that’s pretty cool.