Marvel Announces That A Female Character Will Be The New Thor

Published 10 months ago by , Updated July 16th, 2014 at 11:06 am,

Marvel Announces Female Thor Marvel Announces That A Female Character Will Be The New Thor

One look at the current roster of headlining superheroes coming out of Marvel Studios would make anyone curious as to where the females are and where the diversity is. With the films based on source material from decades ago where the typical lead was a white male, there were less lead characters of different genders and race. We even touched on the topic last week when discussing how and when the comic book movie genre will get its top tier female heroes right and before in addressing diversity in comic books in response to Fox casting a black actor as the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch. So, how does Marvel address this? By changing things up.

Yesterday we learned that Disney-owned Marvel would be taking to Disney-owned ABC series The View to announce an all-new “title” and while there was a glimmer of hope for a movie or TV announcement given the target demographic, the timing was odd with Marvel Studios set to unveil the latest on the film side next week at San Diego Comic-Con. Instead, as many suspected, Marvel announced something comic related, something “thunderous.” And it was. The new title is a new Thor, a female Thor.

That’s right. For the first time ever, a female hero will wield the power of the mighty Mjolnir. It’s  new character and readers will earn where she came from and how her history ties into Asgard and the rest of the Marvel Universe this October with the re-launch of Thor: God of Thunder, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops). Marvel editor Wil Moss:

“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. 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!”

The gender change of Thor has already stirred a mixed debate online. Series Jason Aaron writer explains that this new Thor “is not She-Thor.” He continues, “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.”

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The news comes just a week after Marvel officially announced a new Captain America coming this fall, a new character other than Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes who will wield the iconic star-spangled shield as Rogers loses the effects of the super soldier serum that kept him young and strong. The timing is interesting given that The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases next summer bringing the original incarnations of these characters back to the big screen.

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  1. I beg you to not change Thor to be a female! You know the Thor has always been a male. Odin’s son is a male 100% and he is a god of Asgard, with his Hammer. Changing him to a female is like a slap in the face, if you decide to change him to a female, I will not buy or watch an Marvel comics, cartoons or movies. Nor in the future will I buy anything for my grandchildren. This is degrading to the real god of Thunder.

    • I totally agree Robin, same here. NONE of it will ever be in my home nor will I go see such indignation to the characters.

  2. Umm, what? Isn’t Thor the Nordic god of strength? I mean, I’m no Norse expert, but I’m pretty sure that Thor was the son of Odin. SON. Not daughter. So how is this ok? I mean, I recognize that not many people believe in Nordic religions anymore, but isn’t this, like, the same thing as making Jesus a girl in some comic? It’s a tad bit offensive to some people, and I really don’t think Thor needs a replacement in the comics. It’s like making a female Loki. It’s just not right.

  3. Umm, what? Isn’t Thor the Nordic god of strength? I mean, I’m no Norse expert, but I’m pretty sure that Thor was the son of Odin. SON. Not daughter. So how is this ok? I mean, I recognize that not many people believe in Nordic religions anymore, but isn’t this, like, the same thing as making Jesus a girl in some comic? It’s a tad bit offensive to some people, and I really don’t think Thor needs a replacement in the comics. It’s like making a female Loki. It’s just not right, ya know?

  4. No. Just no. Its one thing to create her being the sister ir best friend of thor but seriously? Gender swapping Thor!?! Are you people nuts? Are you lacking creativity or something? Stop. No female thor. Just no.

  5. Thor is and has always been a man! I, for one, will NOT waste my money on this one Marvel, this is downright insulting to the comics and those that love these movies along with the black Captain America? You guys must not want anyone to go see it, count me out. That’s like making Indiana Jones into a woman or Harrison Ford into a woman, give me a break! You guys need to get a grip on reality there are some of us that love tradition and comic books as they are.

  6. Lets just put ALL girls in the football fields and see how many watch it! Come on Marvel, you are going too far.

  7. I find this very insulting to my religion, which is Norse.

    Imagine if I was muslim, I guess then I’d have to blow stuff up or assault the writers of Thor for insulting my religion. This is borderline retarded though, and it angers me greatly.