Girl Power: Spider-Woman Gets her Seventh Solo Series, Loki Becomes Female, and Captain Marvel Kills an Avenger
Sat, April 17, 2021

Girl Power: Spider-Woman Gets her Seventh Solo Series, Loki Becomes Female, and Captain Marvel Kills an Avenger

The latest issue of the "Captain Marvel" comic series has shocked readers because of the Captain's debut as an evil entity. / Photo by: Sarunyu L via Shutterstock

 

Marvel is serving fans exciting treats, especially those who follow avidly the movie and comics company’s female superheroes, with announcements on a new “Spider-Woman” series and its plans to feature a female version of “Loki” for the highly anticipated series of the same name on Disney+, the House of Mouse’s subscription video-on-demand streaming service.

But the exciting news isn't the only thing that has surprised fans this week. The latest issue of the "Captain Marvel" comic series has also shocked readers because of the Captain's debut as an evil entity—she even gets the God of Thunder rolling on his head when Carol unleashes her full power.

Spider-Woman Becomes Bigger and Badder

"Spider-Woman" will be swinging solo again in March 2020 with Marvel's announcement of a new series for the female superhero. Penned by Karla Pacheco ("Punisher Annual" and "Fantastic Four 2099") and Pere Perez ("Uncanny X-Men"), the female "Spider-Man" spinoff will be the first since 2015 and the seventh since her first introduction.

"I love Spider-Woman, and I'm incredibly excited to share this series with both new and old Jessica Drew fans alike. This is big, can't-miss, over-the-top action, some very surprising ‘Venom blasts from the pasts,’ and also a TON of helicopter explosions," Pacheco said, even mentioning the superhero's real identity.

"It's a super fun adventure with a lot of twists and turns...and seriously, so many helicopter explosions."

Pacheco added that they will be making Jess' character "bigger and badder than she's ever been before," and that she's excited to let readers see "what we've cooked up," reported ComicBook.com, a brand under entertainment media company Pop Culture Media that focuses on comic- and gaming-related news.

Marvel said the new series will have Spider-Woman feeling not quite herself in the opening of the series as she looks for new thrills. This will lead her to take on a new job that will put her in the path of a new enemy. She'll soon be tangled in a mess of intrigue and engulfed by unknown evils seeking her destruction.

"With danger on all sides and her deadly past coming to haunt her, Spider-Woman is in for an action-packed ride, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!" Marvel said in its description of the series.

The Female Loki

Rumor has it that British actress Sophia Di Martino will be joining Tom Hiddleston as the lead of the "Loki" series set to premiere in 2021 on Disney+. Not only will Di Martino be the co-lead, but the "Yesterday" star would be playing the female version of the God of Mischief, sources told Deadline, an online news site of the long-running LA Weekly “Deadline Hollywood” print column and is the authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry.

The news site reported that the new Marvel miniseries shows the adventures of Loki after the events of "Avengers: Endgame." Hiddleston will return as the God of Mischief himself, but a source told Deadline that Di Martino would be by his side and play Loki's female reincarnation—effectively sharing the role of the same character.

This won't be the first time that the trickster god will be portrayed as female, however, as the Marvel Comics depicted him in a female incarnation at times. In fact, Marvel Press published author Mackenzi Lee's novel titled "Loki: Where Mischief Lies" in which the character was presented as pansexual and gender-fluid.

Loki won't be the only gender-bent Asgardian in Marvel Phase 4. Deadline said the studio will also feature a female Thor—played by Natalie Portman—in the upcoming "Thor: Love and Thunder." The studio is also making a bold move to feature its first openly LGBTQ+ superhero on the big screen with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in the same movie.

Evil Captain Marvel [Spoilers Ahead!]

The idea of Captain Marvel being an evil entity and looking to kill the Avengers may seem exaggerated when it was first announced, but her introduction turns out to be more surprising than many have anticipated.

In the latest issue of the "Captain Marvel" series, Carol has unleashed her full power and is set to destroy Marvel's mightiest heroes—putting Thor on top of her list. There has been a lot of debate about which Avenger is the strongest—Captain Marvel or Thor—but the new issue seems to put that to rest.

Earlier teasers and previews showed an exciting fistfight between the two Avengers and left fans asking why would Carol attack a friend, entertainment news site Screen Rant said, adding that the feud was "the only way." But for what exactly isn't clear just yet, although that couldn't be said for how it ended.

 

In the latest issue of the "Captain Marvel" series, Carol has unleashed her full power and is set to destroy Marvel's mightiest heroes—putting Thor on top of her list. / Photo by: TY Lim via Shutterstock

 

After blasting Thor's hammer—Mjolnir—off into space, unleashing full-powered cosmic energy on the Asgardian, and apologizing for "what has to be done," Carol is seen presenting proof of her victory that left little doubt about the God of Thunder's fate.

"The head of Thor severed and held in Carol's hand casts serious doubt on the idea that her mission to kill the Avengers was an exaggeration," Screen Rant wrote.

It added that even if Thor's death was reversed or was merely a deceptive plan, "all bets are now off for what other fights and murders lie ahead for this dark new Captain Marvel."