What Is Marvel Up To Now?

Have you heard the news? If you’re anything like us here on Girl Getting Her Geek On then you’ve heard Marvel’s new plans for Thor. They’ve announced a female Thor coming to comics this October. No, he isn’t undergoing a sex change.
If you think back you will remember that Thor himself was stripped of his godly abilities. Those powers were then transferred to his hammer, Mjolnir. Now, only those who can pick up Mjolnir can obtain the powers of Thor and Mjolnir doesn’t seem to discriminate against gender. I find this to be a really cool concept, but I feel as though it is all done only to garner more female attention.
Doesn’t Marvel realize that they already have our attention? We were raised on X-Men and Spiderman cartoons or picked up our father’s old comics. We’re there, picking up our weekly comics where we can. Heck, we knew that Gwen Stacy was going to die before the second Amazing Spiderman movie even came out.
Couldn’t Marvel have given us cool, original lady superheroes in the Asgardian universe? Valkyrie was a female hero in that universe, the spirit of Brunnhilde that possessed a modern woman and gave her the powers of a really badass woman that rode a big, black Pegasus and wielded a sword. Women love horses (well, I do). Valkyrie totally would have worked for me.
A lot of us would have been totally stoked for a Sif reboot. Portrayed in the movies as this almost Amazonian goddess, Sif could kick butt just as well as the boys and had a total crush on Asgard’s golden boy. She ties in really well to Thor’s story and has the potential to not only draw in more women, but make Marvel’s current readers pretty happy (I think).
I’m all for gender-bending, but this just shows that there are more options that just taking your big name hero and giving him a sex change. But Marvel is attempting to do other great things like the Ms. Marvel reboot. It features a Muslim girl in New Jersey that takes on the mantle. I haven’t been able to pick this up yet, but I’m really dying to.


Author: Leah Chiasson

I am a twenty something geek, wife, writer, and all around goofy girl. I am a freelance writer as well as the author of Marked For The Hunt, available on Amazon.com, and the coming sequel, Marked as Prey. You can find me on Leahcorrinewrites.wordpress.com and on my Patreon site!

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