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Marvel Entertainment announced on Tuesday that Thor will be re-launched in the comics with a woman as the title hero.
As first revealed on The View, the character will be separate from the man who had been Thor — a title which, in the Marvel Universe, is designated by whomever proves worthy to hold Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir.
“This is not She-Thor,” said series writer Jason Aaron in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe.” Aaron, who has also written for the Marvel Comics title Thor: God of Thunder, is working with artist Russell Dauterman (Cyclops) on the series, which will launch in October.
Marvel Comics editor Wil Moss also emphasized that the new Thor “is not a temporary female substitute — she is now the one and only Thor.”
The decision by Marvel to recast one of its most iconic characters as a woman could prove controversial with some fans, similar to the protest of Marvel’s decision in 2011 to recast Spider-Man in the comics as a half-black, half-Hispanic teenager named Miles Morales.
But it is also a noteworthy expansion of Marvel’s comic book canon to include another female hero, a fact Marvel trumpeted in their release — and likely why the decision was first announced on The View. This will be only Marvel’s eighth female lead character, a group which also includes such notable characters as Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Elektra, and She-Hulk.
The decision, meanwhile, is unlikely to affect the Marvel Studios movies in the near future, which have featured Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (A rep for the studio did not immediately return a request for comment.)
originally posted by: Shepard64
I think people are just afraid of change is all, they have this image of there favorite super hero and then they go and change it completely. Not a big deal to me though.
originally posted by: EzekielsWheel
Very cool! This will be the second woman to wield the Hammer; the first being Wonder Woman in the Amalgam Universe (Marvel/DC crossover series)
originally posted by: oblvion
a reply to: knoledgeispower
This is stupid incarnate.
Thor is not a female, thor was never a female. Thor is the son of Odin, the all father. This story line is older than recorded human history.
Thor is a guy, not a girl. Just because someone uses the hammer does not make them the guy named thor, that is retarded.
I understand them wanting to have another female super hero, why not create one? No no no, the only thing that makes sense is to take one of the oldest known stories on earth and rewrite it.
Hey guys, Jesus was a girl, there was never a boy named Jesus. Hercules and Achilles were her best friends from back in college at Brown.
They all wanted to marry a rich silicon valley guy.
This is just as stupid as the above move.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Now that makes no sense at all. In a few generations they will have to change the history books because everyone will think Thor is a woman.
As Rajesh Koothrappali once said, the Thor in the Marvel comics is not the same Thor as the one in Norse Mythology.