I had initially planned on putting up a broadcast per interesting news item but the stuff that came flying at my mailbox from the Marvel Comics side this week was just too fast for that and as many readers have seen, there had been several tour announcements to dish out. That said I lumped all three of these interesting and somewhat major happenings in the Marvel Universe into one post. I hope you will forgive me for taking the easy way out this time around 🙂 Let’s get down to business.
1. Thor Gets In Touch With His Feminine Side & Becomes A Woman: On the Tuesday episode of “The View” Marvel made the announcement that Thor would become a female in a move to attract more people to the franchise. Writer Jason Aaron was quoted as saying “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.”
2. Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue reveals a little more visual from the 2015 release “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and you can see the cover below. I have to say that I like the look of not only Iron Man’s armor but the latest costume for Captain America. The latter seems to be a revision of his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform that we saw in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which was all black. Then let me say that Ultron appears to look fantastically evil and dangerous. That is just what we need for this film and I am sure he is going to be quite the menace against our heroes. While I didn’t crib any other images from the magazine I can say that all I saw on the inside was a few shots of Black Widow and Hawkeye in combat. The archer has a new outfit but still no mask and that still does bother me. Sorry I am a purist in some sense.
3. The New Captain America Is…….The Falcon!!! Yes you are reading this correctly. Sam Wilson has long been a sidekick to Cap and now he will take up his mantle. The press release said “Robbed of his superior strength and vitality, Steve Rogers must surrender his blues for a sturdy cane. He’s not about to fade away just yet though. The old maxims hold true: If dead men declared the war and old men talk about it, a young man must rise and continue the fight. If Steve Rogers can no longer hurl his mighty shield, then he’ll hand it to one who can carry it across the battlefield, above the clouds, to greater heights than ever before. This fall, Sam Wilson flies where eagles dare, as the intrepid Falcon assumes his new role as Captain America.”
My Thoughts: Starting from top to bottom I will say that the female idea for Thor is puzzling, but if Thor is no longer worthy and someone of the female persuasion is, lets see what comes of it. I don’t think we should worry too much because remember that Peter Parker died and Doc Ock became Spider-Man for a couple of years and he is now back from the dead. I will not tell you how of course and let you read issues to catch up. If anything it will be interesting to see how they sell this to the longer termed readers of the title while trying to win over the apparently elusive female readership. The quick images of the second Avengers film look fine to me and I am all the more excited for the film. Right now my mind is more prepped for “Guardians Of The Galaxy” but this was a nice treat for all of us. Last but not least the Falcon becoming Captain America is not a bad idea if they present the tale in the proper fashion. The character has long been a favorite of many Marvel readers and those who waned probably found renewed interest after seeing the new “Captain America The Winter Soldier” film. Like many tales in these books nothing drastic is ever totally permanent but I am sure that Wilson will be a great Cap for however long he slings the shield.
What do you readers think of these developments? Feel free to chime in below with our comments since I have left them open for you to do so.
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