Marvel's Thor #5 Hilariously Responds to Anti-Feminist Critics
We all remember the reactions to the unveiling of a female Thor a few months back, and for the most part, it wasn't pretty. Some socially conscious people were obviously elated at the news, but there were at least as many antifeminists who came out of the woodwork to make all the usual complaints. These "social justice whiners," as they will henceforth be known (special thanks to The Mary Sue for coining that term), mostly whinged that feminists and other "SJW's" were ruining everything for all the poor, downtrodden white males who just can't catch a break.
Now, Marvel has directly and hilariously responded to these criticisms in the fifth issue of the new run of Thor, in which Thor punches a social justice whiner in the face.
In this issue, the new incarnation of Thor goes up against the supervillain Absorbing Man. Once he catches wind of the fact that he's about to fight a female Thor, he bellyaches, "Thor? Are you kidding me? I'm supposed to call you Thor? Damn feminists are ruining everything. You wanna be a chick superhero? Fine. Who the hell cares? But get your own identity. 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 then asks, "What the hell kind of Thor are you?"
Then, she punches him in the face, and it's awesome.
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She breaks his jaw, and in her thought bubble she says, "That's for saying 'feminist' like it's a four-letter word, creep." Amen.
This is an extremely apt meta-commentary on the reaction to the new run of Thor, especially since the sexism starts out relatively covert. When the news first came out, there were some outright misogynistic comments, but most of them were more like this, in which the commenter/Redditor/Gamergater starts off sounding sort of reasonable, as there is an argument to be made that women would be better off with their own characters. But then the comments would quickly devolve into outright sexism, as though they had lost the energy required to pretend that they were uncomfortable with the change for any reason besides fear that women are encroaching on "their territory."
There have been many comments that are variations of this one from The Guardian: "So, the message here is that criticism of feminism is a crime punishable by having your mandible smashed with a hammer." I can't believe that I even have to respond to this, but I will anyway. This is a comic book. That's it, that's basically the substance of my response. The villain had also just committed a robbery, but more importantly, if there are ever any "messages" that come out of superhero comic books, 99% of the time they will be expressed through violence, because that's what superheroes do. If this were Batman fighting a villain that was meant to be representative of moral nihilism, like say the Joker, you wouldn't see these same commenters saying, "But, but, we shouldn't hit people for disagreeing with us!"
Marvel's Thor #5 is now on sale in comic book stores and is also available for download.