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What You Need to Know About the New Female Thor

Thor_1_CoverTomorrow sees the official debut of Marvel‘s new female Thor in Thor #1. Announced in July on The View, the change has been met with the expected condemnation, praise, and skepticism. This is just one of numerous changes that have swept the comics industry lately, expanding the diversity of characters we see between pages.

Marvel alone is launching three big changes this week, with the new Thor, a new role for Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson taking over the role of Captain America, all part of Marvel’s Avengers NOW! initiative. While changes have occurred in the past, like death in comics, those changes were only temporary. Thor, and his brother Loki, have both been women in the past, and in Thor’s case, he’s even been a frog. So, you can understand the skepticism by many.

But even temporary, this is a big change. Unlike previous changes, this is a brand new person wielding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.

During the announcement writer Jason Aaron emphasized what this actually means:

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.

For those that don’t know Thor is a god-like being who resides from Asgard, and is the son if the Asgardian King Odin.  Thor debuted in 1962 in Journey into Mystery, and though things have varied in his exact origin, generally Odin banishes Thor to Earth until he learns humility.

Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

 

nick fury thor whisperThat lack of humility prevents him from picking up Mjolnir, his hammer, which helps him focus his abilities and is his main weapon. Some other than Thor, have been worthy, so this change is nothing new. A horse faced alien named Beta Ray Bill, Captain America, Conan, Hulk, Magneto, Superman, Wonder Woman, and a few others have proven their worthiness. But, the hammer sort of makes the character the God of Thunder. No hammer, it’s not quite Thor (though Thor has wielded an axe in the past pre-hammer).

So what got Thor to no longer to be worthy? The specific reason is kind of a mystery. Recently Marvel’s event Original Sin saw some of Marvel’s best unravel the mystery of who killed the Watcher. Eventually it pitted the heroes versus a very different Nick Fury, who had plans to defeat the heroes, Thor being one of the first. With just a whisper, Fury caused Thor to lose his worthiness sending Mjolnir to the surface of the Moon, where Thor has attempted to pick it up (and failing at it) since. What exactly was whispered is still a mystery, the first of many, like what woman will be worthy!

The fact the next wielder of Mjolnir shouldn’t be a surprise. Aaron has surrounded Thor with a very female centered cast. After Odin’s fall as leader of Asgard, Thor’s mother, Odin’s wife, Freyja, the All-Mother, has taken over and renamed their world Asgardia shifting it to more of a matriarchal society. Sif, Thor’s friend and fellow soldier has played a larger role in her own series for a while. Thor’s long time love interest Jane Foster has returned front and center dealing with a new relationship and cancer. Thor’s own brother Loki was a woman for a while. And then theirs new characters like Thor’s own granddaughters who have been key players in flash-forwards looking at King Thor in the future. Then there’s S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Roz Solomon who has been a new love interest.

Who takes over the role of Thor has been a mystery, but here’s who we think are the most likely suspects:

Freyja – Thor’s mother would be an interesting switch. The All-Mother had been ruling Asgard, but with Odin’s return, her role is up in the air. This one is a long shot, as she might have a larger role settling Odin back in to rule. There’s now a council Odin will need to deal with, something he hasn’t before, and Freyja may need to stick around as a diplomat, and to ease Odin into the new ruling dynamic.

Angela – The character debuted in Image Comics’ Spawn, and after some legal battles is now over at Marvel. She has had a large role in Guardians of the Galaxy, and her history has recently been revealed as the sister of Thor and Loki, who was kidnapped by the Angels of Heven. She has her own series to focus on, and recent revelations should be sending her on a path to find her place in the Marvel Universe and Asgard. Being Thor too would seem to be a bit too much.

Jane Foster – Thor’s former love interest was last left on Asgard to help watch over things for Thor. She’s suffering from cancer and has refused mythical treatment. In the past, Thor has switched places with a human, so having Jane swap out with an Asgardian warrior wouldn’t be too crazy. It’s a bit too obvious of a choice for me though.

Valkyrie – is an interesting character that recently was leading a team of all-female Defenders. Generally she’s a warrior who Odin had chosen to lead the Valkyrior, but has held numerous roles, and has had her history muddled with to fit the latest version of the character. The last she was seen was in that Defenders series, and it seemed like the character was leading to something….

roz-2c741Roaslind (Roz) Solomon – A relatively new character to the Marvel Universe, she debuted by inviting Thor to her S.H.I.E.L.D. academy graduation. She’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent focused on the environment and protecting it. Most recently she stood by Thor’s side to battle the corporation Roxxon who was polluting the Earth among other things (and whose story will continue). Out of everyone, she’s the one I’m picking to wield the hammer. Her introduction is too recent to not be for a reason, and she’s shown a want of protecting the Earth, something Odin and Freyja, will appreciate. When Thor is confronted by his granddaughters about the change, he’s obviously hurt (or possibly ashamed) about it, and an ex would make that even more interesting.

This is a story that Aaron has been building towards in his run on Thor, and we can’t wait to see where he takes it next. Thor #1 hits stands October 1.

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Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘ Captain America #25′ Exclusive Variant Cover By Julian Totino Tedesco For Austin Comic Con

cap am 25 variantMarvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. have revealed the latest edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Captain America #25, drawn by Argentine artist Julian Totino Tedesco. VIP attendees at the Wizard World Austin Comic Con, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Totino Tedesco is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Captain America #25 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The exclusive version of Captain America #25 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Austin Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

The Eisner-Award nominated Totino Tedesco is a native of Buenos Aires who began working on American comics about five years ago. He has drawn covers for many titles, including Marvel books Season One, Uncanny X-Force, Thunderbolts, John Carter: Gods of Mars, Original Sin and others.

Who is the All-New Captain America? The conclusion to the story that began in Dimension Z as Zola strikes in unison with The Red Skull! The final fate of Jet Black! Rated T. Writer: Rick Remender; Artists: Carlos Pacheco, Stuart Immonen.

Morena Baccarin, Evan Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker and Katie Cassidy are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con.

In addition to Totino Tedesco, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Bob Layton, CAFU, Ethan Van Sciver, Ramon F. Bachs, Rob Prior, Kevin Maguire, Greg Horn, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and many others.

Demo-Graphics: Thor

This week sees a changing of the guard as Marvel‘s Thor sees a new wielder of the mythical hammer Mjolnir. It just so happens that new wielder is a woman. With the discussion of gender in comics, both the characters and who reads comics, I thought it’d be interesting to release the first benchmark to see where Thor is now when it comes to gender demographics, and then check again in a few months to see what has changed, if anything. To get this data I looked into Facebook’s data with each line representing a specific term.

I previously looked at Thor’s demographics back in November 2013 when Thor 2 opened in theaters. Using similar terms, back then women accounted for 36.5% of the population. In the almost year since, the female population has increased, now accounting for 37.31% for all the Thor related terms.

Here are the latest stats:

thor facebook dataThat 37.31% is below the 45% women that make up the general comic fandom. It is better than Marvel’s general 36.84%, but just barely. We’ll track this though and see over the next year how this might shift with a woman wielding the hammer.

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Guardians Passes Iron Man at the Domestic Box Office

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46The box office weekend estimates are out and Guardians of the Galaxy came in eighth place with an estimated $3.8 million domestically. That brings the film’s domestic total to $319.2 million. Overall, the film is now in third place domestically as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. With the weekend’s haul, it passed Iron Man, which now slips to fourth.

Adjusted for inflation, Guardians slips a bit, and is in fifth place for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind The Avengers, and all of the Iron Man films. When it comes to the worldwide totals, the film also is in fifth place, but ahead of it in descending order are The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Thor: The Dark World.

The rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to do well at the box office, earning an additional $1.5 million to place tenth, and bring its domestic total to $187.2 million.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $319.2 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $207.6 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $187.2 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
20. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
22. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
29. Hercules – $72.4 million
36. Robocop – $58.6 million
87. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.7 million
103. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.080.9 billion
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $708.7 million
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $693.6 million
7. Guardians of the Galaxy – $644.3 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
13. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
15. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $342.1 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
22. Robocop – $242.7 million
23. Hercules – $223.4 million
47. Snowpiercer – $86.6 million
83. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $31.4 million
209. We Are the Best! – $181,000

Preview: Heroes Fall & Villains Rise in Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #3!

This October, it all comes crashing down. Marvel has released a first look inside Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #3, the next blockbuster chapter in the premier comics event of the fall. Superstar creators Rick Remender and Leinil Yu present your first look at the apocalyptic conclusion to Act I: The Red Supremacy as teams splinter, hearts are broken, and the fragile alliance of A and X shatters once more!

Though they now stand united against a common foe, their fragile alliance is not enough to stem the darkness. Coupled with the powers of Charles Xavier, the Red Skull’s terror knows no bounds. Battered and broken, the few surviving heroes must put their faith in unlikely allies, and give rise to the most vile syndicate known to man. Can the Red Skull be defeated? And at what cost? Would you destroy the Red Skull if it meant losing the very last piece of Charles Xavier?

As one of the last remaining heroes, the Scarlet Witch is forced to join forces with Dr. Doom – the man who twisted and abused her power to cause M-Day. If she can’t, she’ll have to watch those she loves most die. And a twist of fate will return one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains from beyond.

The world as we know it is gone. The Inversion is here. Don’t miss Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #3 on sale in October!

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3 (AUG140731)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by LEINIL YU
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by HUMBERTO RAMOS (AUG140733)
Young Guns Variant by NICK BRADSHAW (AUG140732)
FOC – 09/29/14, On-Sale – 10/22/14

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SNL Shows Off Marvel’s Next Movies

Chris Pratt kicked off the latest season of Saturday Night Live last night, and the sketch comedy show made sure to poke fun at Marvel, their latest hit Guardians of the Galaxy, and some movies that’ll be coming in the future.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS – The Story So Far

Before Avengers & X-Men: AXIS kicks off, follow the events leading up to the blockbuster comic event of the year with Avengers & X-Men: AXIS – The Story So Far. Relive the war between Avengers and X-Men over the Phoenix Force, the Avengers Unity Squad’s first battle with the Red Skull in the pages of Uncanny Avengers and more.

Preview: Morrison, Quesada, Milligan & Allred Unite – A New Look at All-New Miracleman Annual #1!

It was the series that changed comics forever, injecting new sophistication into the medium and becoming one of the most significant works in comic history. Marvel is proud to present your new look inside December’s All-New Miracleman Annual #1, bringing you new stories from legendary talents! Celebrated comic creators Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred unite for a star-studded, can’t-miss comic event that will have the whole industry talking!

Comic book icons Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada team for the first time to bring you a story over 20 years in the making. Famously written over 20 years ago, Grant Morrison’s long-lost Miracleman tale will finally see print in this epic, oversized annual! Brought beautifully to life by legendary artist & Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, this notably unpublished story and much talked about piece of Miracleman history will finally be available for the first time ever! Experience a foreboding tale of the once Kid Miracleman prior to the cataclysmic Battle of London.

Then, comic superstars Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take you back to the glory days of Miracleman’s past for an all-new look at the classic Mick Anglo era as Miracleman, Kid Miracleman and Young Miracleman do battle against a fearsome and terrifying foe! But amid the Miracleman Family’s awe-inspiring clash, there is a sense of unease. Something is not right. Something in Miracleman’s own mind! Is this all a dream? What is Project Zarathustra?

Plus, All-New Miracleman Annual #1 comes jam-packed with bonus extras that should not be missed – including Grant Morrison’s original script, sketches, original art and more!

Debuting on New Year’s Eve, All-New Miracleman Annual #1 stands as one of only two Marvel Comics hitting shelves on the final day of the calendar year. Launching alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, Marvel Comics is ready to close out 2014 with a colossal bang! Be there when Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take the Miracleman mythos to new heights for the blockbuster All-New Miracleman Annual #1– hitting comic shops and digital devices on 12/31!

ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON & PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JOE QUESADA & MIKE ALLRED
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant Covers by JOE QUESADA & JEFF SMITH
On-Sale 12/31/14!

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Preview: X-23 Cuts Loose in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2!

From the ashes of Death of Wolverine comes a new beginning. Marvel has released a new look at Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2, the next of 7-issue interconnected one-shots exploring the gaping hole left in the Marvel Universe following the loss of one of its greatest heroes. Focusing on X-23, fan favorite writer Tim Seeley and newcomer Ariela Kristantina chronicle the tale of anger and loss as Wolverine’s surrogate daughter grapples with the death of the man who has shaped her purpose and meant so much to her. Only his death was not the end, and the mission isn’t over. It’s only just beginning as the young mutant prepares for the next phase of her journey. What does this mean for her relationship with the All-New X-Men? Find out when X-23 faces a world without Wolverine in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2!

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2 (AUG140750)
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art & Cover by ARIELA KRISTANTINA
Canada Variant by ARIELA KRISTANTINA (JUL148309)
FOC 09/29/14, On-Sale 10/22/14

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Preview: United as One – Your First Look at Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2!

This October, the Avengers and X-Men stand together, storming the beaches of Genosha. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look inside Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2, the next blockbuster chapter hitting comic shops and digital devices on 10/15, one week after the highly anticipated first issue! Superstar creators Rick Remender and Adam Kubert unite for an epic battle pitting an army of Avengers & X-Men against the Red Skull and his hordes. Only not everything is as it seems…

The Red Skull’s unmatched psychic potential knows no bounds. And he has yet to reveal his master plan. A dark secret that promises to shatter the fragile alliance of A and X – and leave broken bodies in its wake. A secret stretching back to the days of the super hero Civil War. A secret poised to upend the life of Tony Stark and all he cares for.

Even united, fighting as one, Avengers and X-Men may not be enough to stop the Red Skull. Can anything? Amid the battle raging in his Mutant Reeducation camps, the heroes on both sides will pay a terrible price, and Magneto will betray his alliances to join an army of evil. The Red Supremacy is upon us – have the heroes already lost? No fan can afford to miss the explosive next chapter of the comic book event of the fall when Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2 hits comic shops and digital devices on October 15th!

There’s a fine line between good & evil. Find out how thin as the battle rages on in Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2!

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #2 (AUG140728)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by KRIS ANKA (AUG140730)
Young Guns Variant by MAHMUD ASRAR (AUG140729)
FOC – 09/22/14, On-Sale – 10/15/14

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