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Marvel’s Thor Will Now Be a Woman (In the Comics)

Marvel’s Thor Will Now Be a Woman (In the Comics)

Ah, Marvel and The View, the peanut butter and chocolate of popular culture. Wait, what? No, you read that right. On this morning’s episode of ABC’s The View, Marvel announced that Thor, the Asgardian God of Thunder, Original Avenger, and Breaker of Coffee Mugs, will now be a woman… in the comics, at least. Having proven himself to be unworthy, as per the inscription on his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor is stripped of his godly powers and this new mystery woman will take up the charge. The new storyline, launching this October, will be penned by writer Jason Aaron, which should come as a relief to Thor fans as he has written the character better than most in recent years. This comes as a major change for the Marvel Universe, especially considering that Thor is one of their oldest characters.

 

Co-host Jenny McCarthy explained the change during the segment, “The story behind her is that she created herself. She was saved by Thor, and she came down from Earth – followed him – and made herself look like Thor. And now she’s taking over.”

Unworthy Thor by Esad Ribic

Unworthy Thor by Esad Ribic

For those of you trying to reason out that this new Thor has an uncanny number of similarities to Thor Girl and even bears a strong resemblance to Tarene (Thor Girl’s secret identity), you can stop right there. Writer Jason Aaron laid it all out: “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.” Marvel editor Wil Moss also insists that this “isn’t a temporary female substitute” and that “she’s now the one and only Thor.”

Thor #1 cover by Russell Dauterman

Thor #1 cover by Russell Dauterman

While this isn’t the first time another character has wielding Mjolnir — Captain America, Beta Ray Bill, and Superman have all — it is definitely the most exciting identity change Thor has had in a long time. That being said, comic book continuity is not made of the same sturdy stuff as Thor’s hammer. Characters die and rise from the grave in less time than it takes to order an iced latte at Starbucks, and identities shift with the tides. From the tenor of the announcement, Marvel seems committed to making one of its big three heroes a strong female presence in the Marvel Universe, and I can see them keeping this change set in stone for at least the next year. Here’s hoping that come Comic-Con, Marvel will put their money where their mouth is an and announce a Captain Marvel or Black Widow movie for Phase III and show that they’re really committed to bringing their strong female characters to the forefront.

Thor #1 cover by Esad Ribic

Thor #1 cover by Esad Ribic

What do you think of Thor’s new identity? What Marvel female superhero deserves her own major motion picture? Let us know in the comments below or tell me on Twitter.

HT: The View, Marvel

UPDATE: For more on this story, check out today’s episode of Nerdist News!

Comments

  1. Linda says:

    Captain Marvel isn’t a woman. You’re thinking of Miss Marvel.

  2. Im outraged Marvel has little respect for the scandinavian people and their god of thunder. First of all Thor in norse mythology he has red hair and a full proud beard, was borderline close to a villain and oh ya does t have a vagina. Since marvel doesnt mine ruining one religions god we might as well destroy others because it doesnt matter as long as you make money. This is why DC comics is better 

  3. danyael says:

    I don’t have a problem with a woman receiving thor’ s power, his powers have been transfered to other people numerous times, the difference being the fact that marvel has not tried to pass them off as literally being thor. The whole idea makes no sense, Thor (name) is the thunder god (title). So, saying that this new charecter in the new thunder god makes sense, saying that she is thor is stupid. If tony stark retired and passed the ironman suit on to someone else that person would be the new ironman, but, they would not be the new tony stark because “tony stark”, much like “thor”, is a name. So, saying they are the new tony stark would make no sense, just as this thor debacle makes no logical sense.

  4. Andrea says:

    No. I love Thor. They should not get rid of him.

  5. A Poll for every one
    Like if you agree Thor should not be changed
    Dislike if you think a mystery Woman should take his Name, Identity and title.
    This is on Youtube
    Poll: Marvel’s Thor to be a Woman or Remain Himself
    http://youtu.be/Md9oLlGRZE0

  6. Well apparently most of the people commenting aren’t reading the article. Thor isn’t transforming into a woman. Thor is becoming unworthy of Mjolnir, and a female character is going to pick it up and take his place, I guess until he is worthy again. The only silly thing here is calling her Thor. She is not Thor. Thor is not a title; it is his birth-name. Beta Ray Bill was never Thor, Captain America was never Thor, Superman was never Thor, but they were all worthy of Mjolnir at some point and picked it up, gaining the power of Thor, not his name.

  7. Anna Wiliby says:

    Everyone complaining because “Thor is a male god,” have you actually read any of the Norse stories of Thor? This is a comic…it was never accurate to begin with.

  8. Actually what is everyone’s problem with this? 
    How many different spider-men are there that is not peter parker? 
    Thor is only Thor because of Mjolnir. If someone else is deemed worthy of wielding Mjolnir, then let it be so. 
    But will the new Thor take over in The Avengers?

  9. In other news, Jane is now a dude.

  10. runningmate says:

    I think if a female were to take the role, Thor needs to die first.

  11. SquishyP says:

    So everyone keeps making a big deal of Thor being a woman and trying to compare the wielding of Mjolnir to others…am I the only one who read the Alex Ross Earth X series, where Thor was already changed into a woman by Odin because Loki convinced him that Thor needed to learn humility? 

  12. So ummm, Thor isn’t a title… it’s his name. I can see there being a new God of Thunder (Title), but stripping Thor of his title/hammer doesn’t strip him of his NAME.
    Lame change. F–, would not shop again.
    Good thing I stopped reading Marvel mainstream titles a long time ago and shifted to independent graphic novels. If I had continued to invest in Marvel story lines, this is EXACTLY what I would have been afraid of happening. Sad.
    They sure do make glossy movies though.

  13. John says:

    Was there this much controversy when Thor became a frog?

    • Thor never became a Frog. A frog picked up a sliver of Mjolnir and gained his powers. This situation is the same, except it’s a woman instead of a frog.

  14. anto33 says:

    And I though the race change for WALLY WEST was bad…

  15. Dave says:

    I kind of hate what’s happening to being a nerd. I remember being picked on, and no girls wanting to talk to me. Now nerds are being painted as villains by feminist groups,  and people who are perpetually outraged, and having their only fun altered to please a vocal minority, that probably won’t read it.  Marvel tried to have a well written female centric book. It was called Journey into mystery. and it didn’t sell.  This is just using the name recognition of an established male hero to temporarily quiet people down, and it seems kind of lame. 

  16. ABBZO says:

    That’s what happens when you get drunk and accidentally give away an ax that leads to th murder of a celestial and causes the Earth to be destroyed and everything to go all wibbily wibbily timey-wimey

  17. Hoss says:

    Xavier’s dead, Cap’s “dead”, Thor’s a woman (which makes no sense because you know he’s a a HE)…this is why I stopped reading comics. 

  18. Maybe a character that isn’t already established lore in a real historical context. Thor is a Norse god and a guy. Heck, make the next Captain America a woman; at least then it’s a character that only exists because it is a comic book creation.

  19. Emily Rauch says:

    Thor is a MALE GOD, I agree with everyone who is saying they could have used his daughter with Sif or another female god to further the story. In other new though…yay she has cloths on!!!

  20. zbeeblebrox says:

    The problem I have with this goes back to the problem I had with Spider-Man’s storyline being completely reset – why replace Thor?  Why keep sitting at Part 1 of every single storyline?  Let’s move forward, lets move past the actions and the consequences and actually find out what happens *next*. 

    Swapping genders is just another way of holding still, keeping everything safe and the same while changing things only superficially.  They could have had a distinct female character from Norse mythology take over, or I don’t know given him a daughter who takes over, *something* – something where there’d be a sense of forward motion to the story, rather than standing still and just saying “gee what if Thor was exactly the same but a woman?”

    • I think they do plan on moving it forward. They aren’t saying “Oh look, Thor had a sex change!” They are saying that Thor has done something that has caused him to be unworthy of the title and he is being stripped of his godliness. This new Thor is not him reincarnated, it is a separate character that steps in and takes over his title and name, having been deemed worthy. Sure, they could make her exactly the same, but what a waste that would be with an opportunity like this. And who knows what will happen moving forward. What if old Thor becomes new Thor’s nemesis as he tries to get his title back? What if this new Thor runs things completely differently? It’s hard to say what they will do, but they never said she would be exactly the same as the old character. It’s too early to make those judgements.

      • Cory says:

        “This new Thor is not him reincarnated, it is a separate character that steps in and takes over his title and name, having been deemed worthy.” There is my only problem with it. The story sound interesting, i love the concept art so far, but Thor is his name, not his title. She should have her own name separate from Thor Odinson. It seems to me the equivalent of “Whoever dawns this super suit of armor shall now dawn the title Tony Stark”

        • danyael says:

          Now I wish I had read all the comments before I posted my comment as I used the same tony stark argument in my comment, now I look like a big copycat, ha.

  21. Darren says:

    I don’t get it. Is it still Thor like it was still Loki when he became a woman or is it a new Thor. Not someone taking up the mantle of Thor(ala Eric Masterson) but an actual new Thor that is female?

  22. Superdyke says:

    Can I call her “Ol’ Thunder-thighs”?

  23. Doreen says:

    Oh great, so now when you are deemed “unworthy” you become a woman…Nice Marvel. 

  24. dirtyjeep78 says:

    Just another way to appease the political correct masses… Way to ruin another classic character.  If you are gonna go with this story line why not do what some of the other people in the feed suggest and introduce his daughter into the story.

    • Morietz says:

      I agree!

    • barriolimbas says:

      No most of the masses aren’t really PC but they aren’t bigots either, and they get along fine, until some asshole decides to overemphasize their minor faults and turn it into an unforgivable sin.

  25. Lauren says:

    I think the artwork is beautiful. I think Thor is a Norse god, a male one. I see plenty of female characters in the Marvel Universe that could be developed further and given more attention in various media.

  26. Sydni says:

    keep Thor the way he is….give black widow her own movie…with hawkeye

  27. Crash says:

    There are plenty of badass women in the rich a nd varied history of the Norse pantheon: Freyja, Gefjon, Hlin, Nott… or how about Thruer- the daughter of thor and Sif?! I don’t see the point is (pardon the pun) stealing Thor’s thunder when it would be more literary, and in my opinion interseting, to have a an extant diety take over the protection of Midgard.

  28. Ken says:

    Anyone remember Thunderstrike/Eric Masterson? Yeah, I’ll believe this is permanent when it goes 10 years…they brought Peter Parker back in like 3…

  29. Michael says:

    hawt. I like this development. Hope there’s a minimum emphasis put on sexuality and a max emphasis on badassery. Stoked. 

  30. Matt says:

    Pathetic! why not just create a new run with an existing character, or create a new character and story?  Seriously lacking in imagination

  31. james says:

    sad attempt at relaunching a title that meanders with something shocking….