a reply to: knoledgeispower
Well, this would not be the first time a female has taken up the hammer, since Wonder Woman apparently had a stint with the instrument of Asgardian
However, I was only aware of that, because I had seen a news report on this factoid, and was driven to investigate a little bit and see just what the
bloody hell this is all about. I realise that in the Marvel Universe, Thor is not strictly a mythological being, but a member of an alien species,
with a role to play in its hierarchy, and it's culture, and strictures placed upon him commensurate with that position.
However, asking people to separate the Marvel character, from the mythos of the traditional Thor, son of Odin, and part of the culture of an actual
region of planet Earth in the real world, is utterly stupid and unrealistic, especially because the two are in some very important ways, one. The Thor
of myth and legend, is, in the Marvel universe, the same fellow. The only significant difference being, that Thor was only considered a mythological
being in the Marvel universe, until it became clear that he was merely a very powerful alien, whose deeds were written in legend in times of yore,
when mankind was not old enough and wise enough to grasp his true origins, or those of his species for that matter.
What I like about the existence of the character Thor in the Marvel universe, is that there damned well ought to be comic books featuring one of the
most face crushingly, skull bludgeoning badasses of Norse lore. The further from the original myth that the character goes however, the less I will
enjoy it, purely because my enjoyment is based on the old myths. If it was not for the fact of the legends preceding his first appearance in comic
books, I would think the character of Thor in the Marvel universe, to be an irrelevance. I mean, Iron Man, as a character, is much more interesting,
Spider-Man (and by that I mean PETER GODAMNED PARKER) is a much more endearing character with whom it is far easier to identify. Hell VENOM is easier
to get along with than Thor in the comic books.
Suffice to say, this decision is just another unfortunate attempt to change the comic book landscape to better resemble and refer to the present day.
Thor however, by definition, is a character based in myth and legend the origin of which was a time when the strength of ones sword arm was more
important than ones ability to accurately perform a tax self assessment, or pay off a credit card. He is a timeless, ageless, and endless being, whose
only death will come at Ragnarok.
To use such a character base as this, and to change it beyond recognition purely to attract a different fan base is invalid and ridiculous. Comic
book fans generally dislike change, but this is an utter disgrace! If Marvel wanted to insert a female Asgardian into the mix, why not take more
inspiration from the mythos, and select one of Thor's daughters to become the next big female lead of a comic book? Those are stories yet untold, and
yet one of the mythological spine snappers female offspring was a Valkyrie! Who would fail to pick up a comic book with such a basis?
There are better ways that the Marvel universe could change itself, than changing its pre-existing characters to suit the future. A much better idea,
would be to write new characters IN ADDITION to the old ones. This would not only reflect the changing face of global society, but the increase in its
size. There should be more characters, rather than buggering about with the old favourites.
edit on 16-7-2014 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical