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Media of today is changing rapidly, and it is something I welcome for the most part, but it is drawing the ire of many long time fans of effected series. When I say media, I am generally referring to recent adaptations of old television shows, movies, comic books, and in some cases literary books. If you walk over to a comic book stand you may notice something different about Thor and Spider-Man, which is that there are different versions of these famous characters gracing the covers of their respective publication. In the case of Thor you may notice there is now a female Thor, and for Spider-Man you will see an African American teenager portraying the hero. Many long time fans of these comics would immediately have an issue with the changes, but given the trajectory of our culture, these small changes are necessary to maintain relevancy. In recent years it seems the world has become increasingly divided by the notion that change is always bad, and while change isn’t always pleasant, it is almost always necessary to make progress. These new look characters are not being developed for the long time fans of the past, they are being developed for the child who looks like the new character, so all children can see themselves as this character in the future. Marvel, the company behind these comics, has created multiple comic book universes in order to facilitate both the old and the new versions of the characters, and while both comics are still sold, new reports have shown that the female Thor is outselling her more traditional counterpart by 30 percent. The fact that these comic books are selling shows that it is important for media to change, at least a little bit, with the times. It is impossible to please every fan, and with social media the audience displeasure will be extremely loud and clear, but it is better to appeal to the audience who will help you thrive in the future, than to die in the past.