Yesterday, Marvel made a historic announcement that Thor, the Norse god of thunder, would be portrayed as a woman in an upcoming series. However, two words in the middle of the press release caught me off guard.
This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the “big three” of Captain American, Iron Man and Thor. (Emphasis mine)
This was the first time I ever heard these three Avengers being referred to as Marvel’s Big Three. (Also, Captain American? I suppose that’s the alter ego of Michael Jeter.)
The “Big Three” moniker is probably a challenge to DC Comics’s Trinity, which is comprised of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The trio will make an appearance in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Marvel fans have long wondered whom Stan Lee should include in a triumvirate of superheroes. There are threads discussing possible teams on Comic Vine, Killer Movies, GameFAQs and SuperHeroHype. However, Marvel seems to have settled the debate in 2011, when it named the three aforementioned Avengers as the “Big Three” in Fear Itself, and then called them that again the following year in The Big Three.
Identifying Captain America, Iron Man and Thor as the “Big Three” in the press release attracted the attention of many geeks on social media.
Although fans may have their own Big Threes, Generalissimo Stan Lee has spoken and his word is law in the Marvel Universe. Unless it is retconned, of course.