Polygon has a good look at Marvel Comics’ latest roll-out, a female superhero who will become the next person to wield Thor’s hammer.


Actress Zooey Deschanel. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I have to admit, I feel a little conflicted about this decision. My favorite superheroine, She-Hulk, is not just a spin-off from a male superhero but a deliberate attempt to fend off another franchise in the form of the Bionic Woman. But I wonder about the broader practice of introducing new superheroines as derivatives of male superheroes, or under the mantle of established brands associated with men. Does that suggest female characters cannot launch on their own? As our question of the day, I am curious about your reactions.

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Marvel superhero Thor has received a new incarnation as a female in an effort to appeal to young girls and women. (Reuters)
Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.