Marvel just announced its brand new female Wolverine that will make her debut in the comics soon as part of the company's "All-New, All-Different Marvel" Universe.
Following in the footsteps of Logan is Laura Kinney, also known as X-23. According to the comics, she is Logan's female clone, and was later on accepted by the original Wolverine to be his "surrogate daughter."
Move over, @RealHughJackman. There's a new #Wolverine in @Marvel Universe. http://t.co/IFvxiGWD6K @MarcusErrico pic.twitter.com/ApUxjgIq1GHowever, after Wolverine was seemingly killed in the comics last year, someone was needed to take his position. Kinney took on the challenge and donned Wolverine's famous blue and yellow uniform. "Logan may have fallen, but Laura will honor his memory by taking up the mantle and following in his footsteps as a hero," Marvel said in the announcement. "And she'll stop at nothing to protect those around her from the forces of evil. "
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The new female Wolverine, having been genetically cloned from Logan, possesses all of his powers, including the retractable claws, adamantium skeleton, and superhuman healing powers and strength. It is interesting to note though, that based on the shown previews on Kinney as the new female Wolverine, she only has two retractable claws on each hand, compared to Logan's three.
The new Wolverine is just one of the many new faces and changes in Marvel's upcoming series of comics this fall. Another report showed an image of Marvel's All-New, All-Different cast.
Marvel Teases All-New Female Wolverine http://t.co/iqy56QQqOq pic.twitter.com/oxykddrR68 — CraveOnline (@CraveOnline) June 14, 2015The image includes the new female Wolverine, an older but still badass-looking Logan, Doctor Spectrum, The Thing, Citizen V, Iron Man, Hyperion, Karnak, Rocket Raccoon, Daredevil, Star-Lord, Medusa, and Doctor Strange.
Marvel is reportedly preparing about 55 to 60 titles for changes and new characters, and the company should release them in the next few months, with X-23's Wolverine making her debut on Nov. 11.
Earlier this year, Marvel also announced a female Thor – Dr. Jane Foster, Thor Odinson's love interest in both the comics and the movies. In the report, Foster will be transformed as Thor, although it is still unclear how things will go, as she is currently battling cancer in the comics.
Could #Thor: Ragnarok be getting a whole new army of female characters? http://t.co/xVIOBo9vS3 pic.twitter.com/YYv6sjXkxBBack in 2012, Marvel also re-launched its Captain Marvel comics and made Carol Danvers, who has since been Ms. Marvel for decades, the new superhero.
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However, this trend of changing male heroes to female characters is not unique to Marvel comics. Ghostbusters, a popular film in the 1980s, will reportedly have a revamp, featuring an all-female cast.
In the report, even Mr. Sherlock Holmes' sidekick Mr. Watson was changed to a woman played by Lucy Liu in the US series Elementary.
In addition, The Gray Man, an upcoming film whose lead role was supposedly written for Brad Pitt, will reportedly be starred in by Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the forthcoming film Captain America: Civil War, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars, originally wrote the script, although that will probably change with Theron now on board.
This gender-swapping among superheroes and other lead characters could be the result of the increasing call for gender equality, not only in pay, but also in the options available to both men and women.
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