Welcome! This Isaiah Zorro writing to you from the internet group known as Watchmen who are participating in an event called #SJWCramSpam that addresses the faults in characters claiming to be diverse and empowering, and it’s now my time to put forward my post on this topic on two well known characters in the Marvel universe:
Thordis & Mrs Marvel
Course language will be used because in posts like these I can’t hold back my terminology due to my strong personal feelings on the subject. Apologies but they are just words after all used to describe in obvious detail my thoughts and so without further ado, let’s jump into this!
Thor/Lady Thor/Thordis (Thor’s Goddess)
Alright, to start us off I want to jump immediately into the thought process of Jane Foster’s Thor before those around her, sound good?
So what do you expect from this Thor? Do you expect one who’s cautious and thoughtful whilst on the job? Perhaps one that’s learnt from the mistakes she may of saw the former hammer wielder fall to? Well… Jane’s much more used as a action packed, no s**t taking and most importantly mindless hammer throwing mortal. Don’t believe me?
Please take a look at her entrance to Asgard before immediately throwing down with ODIN! The nine realms are in danger and Asgard itself is facing the real possibility of Civil War and without thinking of taking matters cautiously she instead says something along the lines of her hammer meeting the all father’s face!
Before you give me a short essay detailing her actions were the result of Odin’s treatment towards his wife in almost fully finishing his announcement in which he would sentence her to death, let me inform you that it was with the greatest of conviction that she stood there in the face of her husband, the all father and desired negotiations and peace over violence and injury in place of her own safety but Jane throws that all away as she quite literally crashes into the thrown room and threatens Odin. In place of a greatly impactful moment for Freja, Marvel gave us a thoughtless idiot of a warrior charging in and waving her hammer around as if it means all and ends all. It’s this type of attitude that carries throughout her entire run that genuinely becomes a great annoyance as I’m expecting a Thor worthy of the name, who can make the decisions to be a hero and keep peace in the realms that this mythical identity originated from but to my dismay this isn’t the case as she takes a much more Wolverine approach rather than that of say Professor X.
Next is the view and response on Jane Foster as Thor… MY HEAVENLY THUNDER GOD IS THIS ANNOYING! When facing two criminals in the streets, the “All New-All Different Thor” watches as one of the two criminals she’s encountered takes takes out the other on the principal that she doesn’t want to fight any “woman Thor” and neither will he! SHE GIVES THE HELL UP! IT’S NOT THAT SHE FELT OUT DONE BY HER POWER OR SCARED! Ask yourself exactly what excuse could this villain to give up in face of the new Thor? Probably something legitimate right? Pee in her pants (if she had any)? Intimidated? Fearful? Maybe to hungry to fight? NOPE! FREAKING GIRL POWER!
I’m sorry. I’M SORRY! I really am for those who may feel that this is empowering for females everywhere as this hero and villain come to terms on GIRL POWER! This for me is a spit in the face and IQ point straining of a statement to make in the pursuit of fulfilling the wishes of many to grant women a more gratified and respectful role! This doesn’t show off anything in the character at all! This doesn’t add any depth to the message we want to spread for girls that try can be just as badass if not more so than men! This instead throws away any preconceived convictions and or truths in these characters that pushed them to this moment, that pushed this villain to commit these crimes and what struggles Jane foster has faced because it’s ALL SWEPT UNDER THE FIGURATIVE RUG AS SHE DOESN’T DISPLAY EQUAL POWER OR EQUAL UPHOLDING OF THE LAW LIKE OTHER HEROES BUT AN AGREEMENT ON “GIRL POWER”!
Nothing at all is shown in this sad excuse of empowerment except that the morality and or ideals we hold can be overshadowed by that of a shallow agreement, that perhaps one person should give up their intent in the face of another because they share the SAME GENDER! If this were say Superman apprehending Lex Luthor and the archenemy gives himself up because “We both have d**ks so forget everything I believe in and here you go” as he extends his hands ready to be cuffed, then there’d be outrage because it just is shameful towards both character as it insults what they have been built up by previously but due to it being a female’s actions within comics it’s SOMEHOW overlooked.
I mean… SERIOUSLY?!? “GIRL POWER” I’m in constant desperation for more idealistic female characters being built up by facing challenges, by staring down death and saying “screw it” as they use whatever strength remains in themselves to protect their ideals, hopes and loved ones from those who would otherwise see them destroyed. That’s girl power, showing them preserving everything we deem sacred in this world and this impermanent life as the vision for a better tomorrow and a better us is all we can hope and strive for. Jane has shown these qualities in short bursts that are sorely missed in my mind and would better help her relate to Wonder Woman’s type of empowerment rather than that of a cheap, shallow exchange of hollow words that result in the damaging of characters rather than reinforcement.
This leads me to believe that the character is nothing short of a walking self-entitled, unthinking and muscle headed idiot. I love her interactions with Loki as he’s the only one that seems to make Thordis (translated means “Thor’s Goddess”) bearable as he’s going through the situation also of taking up a new path in life under a title that all those in the universe have already made their mind up about, it’s as if we should be following him 100% of the way through and have Foster become a side character.
Kamala Khan/Mrs Marvel
Starting off as a great example of a hero, even being referred to by some as the next great inspirational superhero surprisingly enough, it’s sad that this reputation has been stained throughout her duration as a character within the Marvel universe. Kamala has devolved into a character used more than once to push her authors ideals to those that surround her and in turn those who read the comics, this is a shameful exercise of an authors power over a comic character’s actions and dialogue.
In one page alone the character was displayed like an advertisement you’d see on TV by the government in the iconic monotone voice with an equally dull atmosphere as she continues to detail propels rights to the crowd surrounding her such as being able to register to vote or being payed the right wage? Seriously?!?
This is disgraceful, comics are meant for heroes who have a distinct meaning and morality but Mrs Marvel lacks both in this instance as she simply is being used as nothing more than a billboard that spreads no overarching message other than the same details you’d find on a government website like:
This is not even counting the overly dramatically stupid moment where she leads a crowd to the polls whilst yelling. I can’t be the only one seeing this as extreme mistreatment towards a character created for and promised to be so much more in the eyes of little and grown girls everywhere. I mean c’mon you can’t think of anything else to do with a diverse character other than to state rights, lead crowd and converse with over diverse characters? Where’s the character defining struggles, I gave flack to Jane Foster challenging Odin but at least that’s development in our eyes as we see more and more that she’s unsure of what to do (even though that act is incredibly stupid) but nothing of what Mrs Marvel has done comes under the category of development in my eyes unless you’re seeking a commercialised character, supplying you with all the information you need if you couldn’t be bothered going to a government controlled website stating your rights.
implementation of a writers own views on voters rights, on shift durations and the polls. Comics are meant to grant us characters meant for the generation of aspiration, hope and morality, they see not meant for the over advertisement of real world issues such as these because frankly they are out of place in this fictional universe. Mrs Marvel should instead be facing those who would otherwise oppress what she loves and believes in, perhaps Hydra? Wouldn’t that be an interesting storyline to see this girl from the recent generation face an enemy from years back in a small way?
Well that’s been my rant on these characters who have been stained with their respective authors own views on subjects unfit for comics and also the so called empowerment of females that quite frankly makes them seem less than more, no conviction and or morality but instead a shallow word exchange. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed guys and gals, I’m out!
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