Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thor Is Now Female // Captain America Is Now Black // Iron Man Is Now Wearing A New Suit

(Originally written on 07/16/14): I was going to write about this earlier today, but then work got in the way. But yesterday, Marvel Comics announced on "The View" of all places that Thor was being relaunched as a female Goddess of Thunder in October 2014. Her secret identity will initially remain a secret, but she will begin appearing in THOR #1:
“The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters... And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"

Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “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.”
Something has happened or will happen that makes Thor Odinson no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir. He will still be around, but I guess will be something less than what he is now.

Meanwhile, this new female Thor will be be running around defending the world from Frost Giants during her first adventure. So that should be interesting.

Meanwhile, there is supposed to be a big announcement tonight on tonight's "Colbert Report" featuring Captain America. He recently had his super-soldier serum sucked out of his body, which turned him into an old man. The running theory is that the new Captain America's identity will be revealed tonight. The open secret is that it will be Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon. We shall know later tonight!

Also, it has been said that there will be a major change involving Iron Man. I'm not 100% certain, but I'm pretty certain that this new Iron Man will be Arno Stark.

Updated on 07/17/14: The rumors are true. There will be a new Captain America later this year: Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon. This was revealed on the "Colbert Report," but expanded upon elsewhere:
“This is it,” says Remender of the culmination of two years of storytelling in CAPTAIN AMERICA and the dawning of ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA. “This is the fireworks factory we’re arriving at, and now everything’s going to blow up and be very pretty and exciting to look at. It leads into an evolution of Steve Rogers’ character that I had very early when I was given the job. I think that it’s important with these stories to do things that are natural and make sense and have an inherent logic to the universe, but are also constantly shifting and exciting, keeping the drama high. In order to do that it really comes down to creating new dynamics.

“I’ve been having a lot of fun writing Sam. It’s a completely different attitude. The fact that he’s not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam’s not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.”

“While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background,” adds editor Tom Brevoort, “He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community. So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself. He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders. Sam, like Steve, will be led by his personal morality and beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong—and where his beliefs may differ in their shading from those of the previous Cap are where the interesting stories will be found.”
The new Captain America will possess the fighting skills & shield of Cap and the flying skills of Falcon. He will be guided by the original Captain America (Steve Rogers), who is now a very old man. He will also be teamed up with Rogers' artificial ward Ian (AKA Nomad). No word on where Redwing fits in with this change!

Now we're just waiting for the full SUPERIOR IRON MAN reveal...

Updated Later on 07/17/14: Turns out that Iron Man will still be the same old Tony Stark when SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 debuts in November. However, he will be more of a jerk, he will be living in San Francisco, and he will be wearing a new battle armor:
n November, Superior Iron Man #1 sends Tony Stark to San Francisco with a new outfit and a new perspective on life. “The Genius Bar costume is there for a reason,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso tells EW. “The newly-transformed Superior Iron Man has very ambitious plans for the city that some of its residents embrace, but not all.” Comic book fans will note the very pointed addition of the word “Superior” to the title. The last time that happened, it was Superior Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus took over Peter Parker’s brain. Doc Ock won’t be invading Tony’s frontal lobe, but Alonso does note, “Like the Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man is a character that’s hard to root for.” The series is written by Tom Taylor and drawn by  In a series written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Yildiray Cinar.
I guess Tony wants to create a virtual Utopia via his Extremis computer program, which can be downloaded as a mobile app. Because Utopia worked so well back when the X-Men lived in San Francisco.


Donny Jacobs said...

Not crazy about the Captain America costume Sam wears; it looks like a mash-up with his Falcon costume. Today's young artists may be capable of all kinds of dazzling effects, but they lag far behind their predecessors when it comes to costume design. Remember that awful leather-jacketed look for Wonder Woman? If there were still reader letter columns, DC would have been ripped a new you-know-what over that atrocious look!

It would not surprise me if this is a temporary change, and Sam ends up injured or dead. There is such a trend toward lethal violence in comics these days.

Jon said...

Of course these will all be temporary. Everything is new again until it's old again when it comes to comics! :P