By John Marcotte – When Marvel announced that a woman would inherit the powers and name of Thor, a small subsection of fans cried foul. Convinced – once again – that any progress in making the comics world more inclusive was actually an overt slight against men, they quickly honed in on a specific line of attack: “Thor” is the god’s name. It is not a title that can just be assumed by someone else. So that is the only reason they were upset — not because they are conflating a small change that gives women a more equal place at the comics table with actual discrimination against men.

Writer Jason Aaron created a proxy for the upset fans in the form of the Absorbing Man, Crusher Creel, and allowed Thor herself to weigh in on the “controversy” the way many of us would like to: with a strong right cross.


The fanboys are right, though. “Thor” is the god’s name, so their argument would almost make sense — if not for Eric Masterson.

Masterson was a supporting character first introduced in Thor #391. Sometime later, the original Thor is banished from Asgard and the Norse god Heimdal transforms Masterson into the “new Thor.” Masterson served as Thor starting in Thor #432 and lasting all the way until Thor #459 — a more than two year span.


Number of fanboys that got their Captain America underoos in a twist because “Thor” is the god’s name and someone else couldn’t inherit a name?


So you can tell me that it’s not about women; that you just are concerned with maintaining “the integrity of the character,” but like Thor herself, I’m not having any of it.


Eric Masterson as Thor.

UPDATE: “So now you want to erase men from our culture? Is this your idea of diversity?”

This is an actual reader comment that posted on John’s site – Heroic Girls – where he first published this story. Apparently, he has managed to make the MRAs very unhappy… again. Maybe he’ll get a second Mangina Award out of this?

About This Contributor

john_marcotte_contributor_photoJohn Marcotte is a writer, TEDx Speaker and activist living in Sacramento with his two super-heroic daughters and wife. You can read more of his work at his website, Heroic Girls, which is dedicated to empowering girls by advocating for strong role models in alternative media — particularly comics.

Women You Should Know is very fortunate to have John as a regular guest contributor. In a word or two… he rocks!