In a recent issue of Marvel’s Thor comic, an ally of the God of Thunder makes a surprisingly frank dig at the UK Conservative Party.

Warning: Contains spoilers for Thor # 12!

Marvel Thor Comic took a hit on the UK’s ruling Conservative Party, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party, in its recent issue 12, echoing the well-known political refrain “never trust a Conservative.” Written by Donny Cates with art by Nic Klein, the line was uttered by Mr. Horse, the talking steed of Thor’s ally Jane Foster, aka Valkyrie, but it’s not the first time Marvel writers have shot at the right-wing political party. .

Created by writers Al Ewing and Jason Aaron and artist C. Cafu, Mr. Horse is written in the dialect and stereotypical personality of someone from the Yorkshire area of ​​northern England. Marvel has gone so far as to publish a guide on how to speak like Mr. Horse, who rejected a more individual name as unnecessarily pretentious and possesses a disdain for “that Asgard” which echoes the cultural expectations of Yorkshire’s antipathy to the more cosmopolitan London. Used interchangeably with ‘conservative’, the word ‘conservative’ is a common term in the UK that actually predates the political party, but has become an interchangeable term for its members. Although, like here, it can be used mockingly, it is generally not considered inherently pejorative or insulting when used alone.

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The insult occurs during a moment between Mr. Horse, Throg (an amphibian version of Thor) and Lockjaw, a huge bulldog who teleports, all animals allied to the Marvel God of Thunder. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Lockjaw is the Inhuman royal family’s pet, and it is their royal connections that Mr. Horse first opposes, responding to the dog’s aggressive greeting with: “Ye wazzock realistic caramel nose, “again echoing a stereotypical animosity towards supporters of the British monarchy associated with the Yorkshire area. When their mutual ally Throg negotiates peace, Mr. Horse relents, but ends up warning the amphibian hero.”Look at yourself, remember, you can never trust a Tory.

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It’s a fun moment meant to show that the interaction between the animal companions is much more complicated than fans might assume from the outside, but also a direct political reference by Marvel, referencing a major political party and using a a phrase that is still a very large part of contemporary political discourse. Marvel has been much more timid about American politics, even with the political burden Sam Wilson: Captain America carefully avoiding direct criticism of specific dominant political organizations.

On the contrary, Marvel has been willing to get directly involved with British politics in past stories. Captain Britain and MI13 included a favorable appearance by Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown handling a supervillain crisis, while Captain Britain and the mighty defenders saw the hero Faiza Hussain, aka Excalibur, against a militarized police state stating, “You have been the victims of a passively tolerant society! A society in which, if you obeyed the law, you were left alone!” – a paraphrased version of comments widely criticized by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who said: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, telling our citizens ‘as long as they obey the law, we will leave them alone.’ Less direct, Marvel’s ongoing comic The Union traces the adventures of a failed British super-team seemingly reunited as a hasty response to Brexit.

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Although it is a global brand, Marvel is steeped in the American culture that shaped it, allowing those with strong views on UK politics to express themselves more directly than their American counterparts. British writers have long had a voice in American comics, a medium that experienced his own ‘British invasion’ of UK talent – and although the moment is far from Thor Expressing a political preference himself, he’s still a surprisingly direct reference to the current real-life politics of a company that generally plays things a little closer to the chest.

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