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Bigorexia: How the Pressure to Look Like Thor and Captain America Is Hurting Men

Do you want a body like a Marvel superhero? Be prepared to eat—a lot.

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Why Can’t Thor be a Woman? Geek Culture Isn’t Just for Guys

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_small","fid":"580748","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image media-image-right","style":"float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor.” This strong statement is how it was announced that the next wielder of Mjölnir will be female. The news has been met with zealous yet mixed reactions. Amid the witty responses that emphasise the inherent dynamism of comics, there are some who seem to feel that there could be nothing worse than a female Thor. The Marvel editor, Ryan Penagos, summed it up when he tweeted:

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Marvel Overcomes Its Fear of a Black Spider-Man. Will White Fans Follow?

Today’s a big day, both for comic-book nerds and for media-justice geeks. Marvel Comics’ “Ultimate Fallout #4” hits the stands today, and in it, we get our first glimpse at the “Ultimate” storyline’s new Spidey, a half-African American half-Latino kid named Miles Morales. The Spider-Man alter-ego belonged solely to fictional working-class white dude Peter Parker (and to the white actors who’ve portrayed him) for five solid decades. So this is a big move for Marvel—and, of course, one that’s already being met with a racist backlash.

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Thor: Don't Kill Yourself Over It

Thor‘s not good. It’s so ungood, in fact, it caused New York Times film critic A.O. Scott to consider throwing himself under a bus. It seems Scott despaired over the realization that “Thor is an example of the programmed triumph of commercial calculation over imagination.” Yeah! Turns out Hollywood’s only in this for the money!

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