Marvel addresses feminism haters in a brilliant way

Feb 24, 2015 at 8:11 p.m. ET
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Marvel's new comic with the recently introduced female Thor is taking aim at anti-feminist haters with a vengeful villain.

The just-released issue brings in Absorbing Man, who unceremoniously attacks Thor's new identity, saying, "Damn feminists are ruining everything."

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When he faces off with Thor, he has quite a few spiteful words, which comic writer, Jason Aaron, obviously added in to the series to comment on the criticism Marvel has received since announcing Thor's gender change last summer.

"You wanna be a chick superhero? Fine. Who the hell cares? But get your own identity," Absorbing Man says. "Thor's a dude. One of the last manly dudes still left. What'd you do, send him to sensitivity training so he'd stop calling Earth girls 'wenches'?"

He continues, "What the hell kind of Thor are you?"

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Thankfully, Thor doesn't take much of Absorbing Man's trash talk before she breaks his jaw. "That's for saying 'feminist' like it's a four-letter word, creep."

Marvel's Thor

Image: Marvel

The news of the latest issue comes on the heels of an 11-year-old girl's message to DC Comics, which blew up the internet last week. In her letter, she wrote, "I love your comics, but I would love them a whole lot more if there were more girls. Please do something about this. Girls read comics too, and they care."

DC responded to the girl perfectly by saying, "We agree, we're working hard to create more superhero fun for girls." But they didn't stop there. They also had a sketch made of the 11-year-old as a superhero, flying over a field.

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It seems like comics are handling the integration of female superheroes with a lot more grace than other entertainment mediums by making the changes without hesitation and without letting the criticism get them down. Hopefully this leads to other entertainment channels following suit, specifically film, which only offered 12 percent of leading roles to women in 2014.

Do you think comic books are doing the right thing by being so vocal about integrating female characters?

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