I've not got a problem with a female Thor. And here is why. I have recently come across “The Betchdel Test”, created by Alison Betchdel in her 1985 comic “The Rule” (from a strip called “Dykes to watch out for”- interesting), which sets out to determine the presence of women within films and whether they are characters of substance. It is essentially a litmus test to see if a film has well-rounded three-dimensional female characters. To pass the “Betchdel Test”, a film must: Have two or more NAMED characters… Who engage with and talk to each other … About something other than men It doesn’t seem like that much to ask, but you will be shocked at how many films cannot pass this. The Social Network*, Aladdin, Gravity, Toy Story, Avatar, Star Wars, Run Lola Run, Men In Black, The Big Lebowski, Shrek, District 9, Milk, Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, The Princess Bride, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Lord of The Rings, Now You See Me… There are hundreds. *(When asked on the Colbert Show about the role of women in The Social Network who are mostly psychopathic and pretty play things for the leading male characters Aarron Sorkin simply explained that “the women are prizes”. Oh Aarron, you old romantic, you!) Once you start playing this game yourself, suddenly you can’t seem to think of a single film that passes. So I guess that’s any Jane Austen adaption out the window… pretty much any war film is a big ol’ sausage fest… buddy movies- no… rom-coms- probably not… I’m no die-hard feminist and my love of films goes a lot further than whether it pandas to political correctness or keeping up appearances… but I do think this test works rather beautifully in it’s simplicity and is something I will definitely keep in mind when watching films from now on.