Thor? A woman?! Really, Marvel?

The cover of this fall’s ‘Thor‘ #1

I guess DC doesn’t have a monopoly on screwing up characters.

Just a few short weeks after Marvel announced that a new man would wield the red, white and blue shield of Captain America and that the seemingly immortal Wolverine would indeed die, came an announcement that there would also be a new Thor — but that Thor would be a woman.

“This new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!” Marvel editor Wil Moss said in the release.

Series writer Jason Aaron also emphasized that point: “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.”

Now, on the other side of the coin, and in Marvel’s defense, a similar hue and cry went up a year and a half ago, when Peter Parker was mind-swapped with arch foe Otto Octavius, then killed in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man, which led to not only an end of that title, but a complete change of the status quo for the Spider-Man character. A year later, the “Superior Spider-Man” made way for a return by Peter Parker as your “friendly neighborhood Amazing Spider-Man.”

DC earned the ire of many fans in 2011 when it completely jettisoned its entire 75 year history and continuity in favor of “The New 52” — a slate of 52 monthly titles, that by now have, for the most part, been replaced by other “New 52” titles. The unapologetic DC has moved toward a catering to the lowest common denominator and moved away from a unified history driven by intelligent stories and strong continuity over the years.

What does the future hold for Marvel’s new direction? Time will tell.

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