Best and Worst Fan Reactions to Female Thor and Black Captain America
On the heels of their announcement that the new Thor would be a woman, Marvel has fanned the flames of controversy even more with today's reveal that Falcon, a black character, would take up the mantle of Captain America.
Some of the reactions predictably made us lose a little faith in humanity:
What is this "281 likes" business??
This sums up the hypocrisy of that last argument:
This one sounds like it should be sarcastic, but it was only one of a series of incensed tweets:
(Aside from any racism, many fans rightly pointed out that the Falcon is not even the first black man to pick up the shield. Black character Isaiah Bradley was considered to be the "black Captain America" when he appeared in the comics in 2003.)
Interestingly, there was much more vitriol about a female Thor than a black Captain America.
This guy was just the worst:
Jeez. You don't hear the word "gelded" much anymore.
Speaking of the worst, Twitter user Glen Tickle gifted the world with this hilarious series about #TheWorstGuy:
Some of our favorite tweets addressed the sensitivities of the most disenfranchised group in America - the white man:
And there are the inevitable Obama jokes:
And random funnies:
There were some negative reactions that were not inspired by blatant racism or sexism. Some felt that the Thor development was inadequate, and that women should just get their own superheroes in the name of equality:
while others were cynical about Marvel's motives for these changes:
While it is most likely true that Marvel is at least partially instituting these changes in order to garner media attention and expand their fanbase, this does not have any effect the positive impact these changes will have. Every social change originates in pressure from the general population, so if a huge corporation believes that these changes will help the bottom line, that only says good things about where society is headed.
But through the controversy, Marvel has been sticking to their guns. Regarding the female Thor, Marvel writer Jason Aaron stated: "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR." Regarding Sam Wilson, or the Falcon, co-author Rick Remender said, "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."
Marvel also may have more pleasant surprises in store for us: "We're not anywhere near finished," says Marvel editor Tom Brevoort. "Change is one of the watchwords of the Marvel Universe, so there are even more startling surprises to come!"