Superior Iron Man #1
The Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art by Ryan Meinerding
I’m honestly more annoyed than ever. This is not Marvel attempting to be progressive or give us more female characters. It’s a cheap sales stunt, and I’m not fooled. Going on The View to announce a female Thor? Going on Colbert to announce a black Cap? All about a year before Age of Ultron is released and these changes get debooted back to status quo? I honestly don’t know what they’re thinking.
(To clarify, I’m not upset about Cap. I love Sam and if Steve can’t be Cap for a while, then he’s a great choice to wear the costume. But I can recognize it for the marketing gimmick that it is.)
Back to Thor. While replacement Caps have had some small success (Bucky, for example), there has literally never been a Thor fill-in people got excited about. Nobody cares about Thunderstrike. Nobody remembers Thor Girl. People like Beta Ray Bill enough, now, but there was tons of controversy when he first came out. Because people thought they were going do the exact story they have chosen for this new Thor with him.
So what does this mean? They’re setting this new character up for failure. They know fans have not been receptive to others wielding Mjolnir in the past, but they’re going to do it anyways. And they’re going to make it a woman, and they’re going to market it out the wazoo. So when it flops and they go back to the status quo, they shrug and take no responsibility for it, claiming that female characters just don’t sell. And we’re actually set back rather than moving forward.
Personally, I’m a bit offended that Marvel thinks I would care about this new Thor just because she is a woman when I haven’t cared about any of the past stand-ins. I also realize I’m not the person they’re trying to appeal to. There are plenty of women who will eat this shit up. Tumblr proves that. And I’m not saying you can’t be excited just because I’m not. But please please please do not mistake their yearly “Look at what we’re doing! We’re changing so much! Come buy our shit!” as actual interest by Marvel in promoting female characters.
They have plenty of absolutely amazing female characters they could be putting in the spotlight, instead. Characters who have their own origins and aren’t inextricably tied to a previously existing male hero. Storm, for example, is getting her own solo comic soon. Why didn’t Marvel take that to The View? Because it’s not women they care about. It’s shock value.
A look at THOR’S unworthy predecessor… (source x)
instead of making thor unworthy and replacing him with a female to have more female marvel characters, why couldnt they just give a solo series to thor’s granddaughters??
"maybe hawkeye #19 will come out today" i tell myself on every wednesday for months on end
—Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms (via rascalbot)
This is how it is really expensive to be poor.
As I wrote in the instagram post of this thing here, I am about to put this in my etsy shop… but I thought to ask here on tumblr if anyone would be interested first uvu/
Sooo. This (25x18cm)
hornyhorned grumpy thing here will be absolutely disgusted to be bought by your for €40 ($55). Send me an ask in case you’re interested! (and if you like this, please reblog? :°D)