From God to Goddess: Marvel’s Thor Now A Woman

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Guess someone should tell Chris Hemsworth he’s got some work to do…

Thor Now A Woman

In one of the most surprising announcements from the comic universe in quite sometime, Marvel took to The View this morning to make a major announcement: Thor is no longer Thor.

Whoopi Goldberg says it best: “Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”

Wait……what?

Here’s the official press release from Marvel:

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).
 
This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?
 
“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
 
Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
 
THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.
 
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10 comments

  1. Jared Walters 15 July, 2014 at 21:09 Reply

    I’ve got two problems with this. First, since when is Thor one of the “Big Three” I’m pretty sure Hulk has something to say about that. As does Wolverine. Anyway, I’m sure the “hero formerly known as Thor” will still exist and still be the son of Odin from Asgard. What do we call home now, taking his power takes his name as well? I’ve got no problem with a woman wielding Mjolnir, Wonder Woman looked awesome in the crossover during the 90’s, but to take his name, too. I dunno, it just seems like a publicity stunt.

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