22 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: The problem with female Thor is not that she's a woman, but the fact that she won't be known as an indipendent femle hero, but simply as the genderbend of a male hero, she won't even have her own name. That's not how you do represantation.
Including all the racebend heroes too, they’ll just be the ‘represented’ hero of a whitewashed hero.
That too! It’s basically sending the message “a POC character can’t do well on their own, so we’re gonna racebend an already successful character.” Among other bad messages that it sends such as “we’re too lazy to research this particular group’s background, so we’re just changing the skin colour and now you’re represented.” It creates nothing good. It’s just frustrating for the fans, but creates no real representation.
And Sam was just becoming popular and well known as Falcon, but nope, they took that away from him cause he needs to be Captain America! Cause representation. He tooootally wasn’t representative as Falcon…
See, I don’t have a problem with Sam Wilson as the new Cap or the female Thor.
I get that Marvel NOW! is on this kick of being more progressive when it comes to gender and race representation, but I see this less as ‘oh we need a black guy as the new cap and a girl as the new thor to make a statement' and more as 'what would character X do in this new reality wherein he/she has to take on this big league name and the burden that comes with it?’. Sam Wilson doesn’t unbecome Sam Wilson by taking on the shield; he’ll most likely be faced with new responsibilities and moral dilemmas as the new Captain America that he otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience as Falcon.
I can’t really comment in depth on Female Thor because I know jack shit about the comic lore, but as far as I know, she’s a new character who becomes worthy of Mjolnir while the old Thor becomes unworthy, so it’s not just Thor as a girl. And the above situation follows: will the new girl be from Earth, or an Asgardian warrior? What will her life story be? How will she cope with being the new God of Thunder slash Asgardian protector of Earth? Would she face prejudice because of who she is vs. the old Thor? New stories, new experiences from a new perspective.
This isn’t really a new trick from Marvel (i.e. Captain Marvel, the new Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop, Miles Morales, the new Ghost Rider, etc). From the examples I’ve given, most reactions from new and long-time readers are positive, because these characters are interesting and they bring something new to the table. They didn’t just slap on some Rule 63 or a new skin color on old characters and went ‘welp, our job’s done, hurrah for our progressiveness’. These characters are nuanced, with their own stories and personalities separate from their old name-bearers. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like representation to me.
21 7 / 2014
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