Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What a Sad Sap Thor Makes, And Should We Shed Tears?

For months the writers at Marvel Comics have been hashing around with the idea of a female Thor. Where this gender-bender idea came from is unclear. However, on October 1, 2014, the first issue of Thor as a woman became a reality in Thor (2014-) #1. As a fan of the traditional male persona of Thor, I was not really open to the idea of a woman picking up Thor’s hammer. 

Yet after reading the first issue in the new series, I got hooked because something awful happened on the moon that has left Thor unable to pick up Mjolnir and has nearly left the onetime powerful Norse god in tears. Furthermore, wielding a great axe Thor may have been fatally wounded while attempting to fight an old and familiar evil threatening the universe. 

The only reassurance that Thor’s inability to pick up Mjolnir is not his fault is that no one appears to be able to do the deed, not even his father Odin who is the king of the Norse Gods.  Well, that is until a mysterious woman comes along and picks up the hammer and is transformed into a female version of Thor after murmuring “There must be a god of thunder”. As expected her appearance was brief and that appearance left me looking forward to the next issue. In addition, because she can walk on the moon without a spacesuit its clear she is not from Earth. One can suppose she is another Asgardian woman. However, I do not think she is Sif. Neither is she Freya, regardless on her desire to continue to rule Asgard.

That’s right. During Odin’s long absence Freya ruled over Asgard as the All Mother. She also feminized the floating kingdom by renaming it Asgardia.  With Odin’s return Freya is understandably reluctant to return control of Asgard/Asgardia over to him. It is clear that the war of the genders has come among the Norse gods. 

The second installment of this new adventure of Thor comes out on November 12 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Which Would Be Best, A Female Thor or More of Lady Sif?

Idealized Female Thor

Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif

I understand that Thor is not changing sex and  that a woman supposedly stumbles across his hammer and assumingly is worthy enough to gain Thor's powers.  Great idea from Marvel's perspective However, is a new female Asgardian really needed when there is the Lady Sif. In the eyes of her fans Sif has proven herself more than capable of handling whatever crisis that Thor might happen across in comic books.  In addition, actress Jaimie Alexander brought the character of Sif to life quite well around the world in   2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World, and also  on the TV episode  of "Yes Men" on  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D  earlier this year. What more proof is needed that Sif is a beloved Marvel character by
Sif in Marvel's Uncanny Comics
millions. the 2011 film Thor, again in its

I think that despite her recent media exposure that Marvel's Comics industry is overlooking the great character that Sif actually has grown into internationally. So why not do further developing of her character and see what the fans think. Because as it stands now, there are many fans who hate the idea of a female taking Thor's place. Personally,  I would like to see much more of Sif. However, should  this female Thor  become a reality, hopefully,  we fans can take it for granted that she would have her own name. I, for one, can go with a woman possessing the hammer and powers of the much male Thor, yet the notion of a female with his powers -and his name - does not sit well at all.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman In Batman Vs. Superman And Possibly Standalone Film

Once again a role the Lynda Carter made a television icon is going to sport a new actress as Wonder Woman. Warner Brothers has signed Gal Gadot, to play Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman (2016) and Man of Steel Superman 2. The thinking is that these debuts films will might open to door to a standalone film for Wonder Woman as well as a Justice League movie. Warner Brothers will be looking to see how the fan base is for the iconic DC Comics character is received.

As fans will remember actress Adrianne Palicki attempted to fill the Wonder Woman role wearing a new costume designed, blue slacks with gold stars running along the sides instead of classic shorts. Her boots are red with gold trim instead of the customary white trim. To further
the update of the character, there was the use of brutal force to get the truth instead of using the legendary golden ‘Lasso of Truth’. However, such step away from the characteristic in methods battle should not be a deterrent for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as Superman in Man of Steel stepped out of his safely zone  by killing General Zod to protect innocence people. Nevertheless and although, fans were not privy to the pilot screening, coupled with the high rejection over the costume new design, the TV movie never left the preview room.
Given this lack of success, it is understandable that Warner Brother will debut their new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious), in Batman vs. and in the Man of Steel Superman (staring  Ben Affleck as Batman, and Henry Cavill as Superman) sequel first.
The major idea, to start up a Justice League’s franchise. Although the deal for the Wonder Woman standalone films is not set in concrete, it is nice idea. -- Evelyn F. Altheimer-Fain


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