Marvel Announces That A Female Character Will Be The New Thor

Published 6 days 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. Overall, I’m ambivalent about the move.

    Comics, especially the Big Two super hero monthies, need to change things up now and again. And I’d swear most of the people complaining must have started collecting when the last drop of rain came down. Remember when both Green Lantern and Iron Man were turned black in the 80′s? The “deconstruction” trend of the 90′s that saw them try to kill, cripple or turn evil and/or insane heroes involved in most of the flagship titles? Remember when Thor was a giant frog? Remember the clones?

    Stuff happens. Fanboys engage in much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the intarwebz. Superboy Prime punches reality into a reboot. Things return to how they were in the 60′s. That’s the cycle of Big Two super hero comics. Until we actually see a change like this stick it isn’t worth flipping out over.

    That said, I dislike the mention that Thor will somehow be made “unworthy”. That plot point has become so overused, it was even used in the first Thor movie, that it has become cliche.

    But anyways, another fine example here of the nonsense that comes out of SR… “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.”

    Because Batman Begins, Superman Returns, TDK, Green Lantern, Watchmen, Jonah Hex, V for Vendetta, DKR, and MoS have been the model of diversity on the DC/WB side of things? Two years longer time frame, same number of films as Marvel Studios have produced, a lot less diversity and a lot more hypocritcal lip service from the DC fanboy contingent. But it doesn’t fit into your little anti-Marvel/ pro-DC agenda, so I guess you aren’t “curious” about where the diversity or females are when it comes to WB/DC movies.

    Followed by another well thought-out SR gem…
    ” On the film side, with Wonder Woman set to be introduced in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and still no female-led Marvel movie in sight (that could theoretically change next week if Marvel Studios announces Ms. Marvel), the timing is crucial to introduce some diversity to Marvel’s headlining characters.”

    Let me see if I get the gist of the pro-DC rhetoric: they will be INTRODUCING the most iconic female super hero in all of comic books, a character that has been a recognizable part of American pop culture for 75 years, who they themselves tout as being a cornerstone of their company (one of their super hero “trinity”), but hasn’t had a live action feature of her own since the mid-70′s, in 2 MORE years time, while her 2 male contemporaries have amassed 15 movies between them over the same time frame and will share double-billing on this one, in a movie that is promising about a half dozen or so other introductions, and she may well see herself in a solo feature a couple years after that… so around 2018… and Marvel should be quaking in their boots and hurrying to placate the PC gestapo?

    Except, by that time, Black Widow, a couple tiers lower on the recognition scale than WW, bit gaining quickly through these roles in the MCU, will have played substantial roles quite possibly at least the equal to WW’s presumed role in BVSDOJ in at least 3, and maybe as many as 5, movies. In addition, we will have significant diversity in a wide number of important, recurring supporting roles (Nick Fury, Falcon, Iron Patriot, being the primary examples… with more possible) as opposed to the glorified cameos your precious diversity receives in DC films, when it shows up at all (go ahead, name all the MAJOR supporting diversity that appears in Nolan’s trilogy, which saw the main female character rescued repeatedly and stuffed in DC’s metaphorical movie fridge within her 2 appearances, to say nothing of the rest of the films I mentioned above), not to mention we will have likely seen female Marvel characters headlining their own network and Netflix series in Agent Carter and Jessica Jones, and that doesn’t even count potential film announcements which may or may not happen in the coming days and weeks.

    But I also understand that making sense and putting forth informed opinions is frowned upon on the internet in general, and SR in particular…

  2. Only my opinion, because I know writing can be stressful and mind consuming….but, I guess this is what happens when you don’t have imaginative, competent writers to create new stories with original characters. It’s easier to change gender and color, rather than to create new characters? Lazy… But perhaps they’ll pick up the Wonder Woman fans.

  3. I have mixed feelings about this…I’m all for equality and diversity and some degree of political correctness (simply cos I don’t like coming off as a bigoted, unenlightened D-Nozzle)…

    BUT WHAT IN ALL THAT’S RIGHT WITH THE WORLD IS MARVEL DOING????!!!!!

    I understand that we have multiverse versions of many of our iconic characters but seriously, to GENDERBEND THOR (of all characters) of the MAIN UNIVERSE (as opposed to making a Female Thor the Thor of Universe/Earth-X, or whatever) is just plain STUPID.

    I’m not against the idea of a female Thor, but you can’t take a character that has been established as MALE for over 50 years (and Centuries old in Norse Paganism) and couldn’t be otherwise and just change it at the drop of a hat…not to mention the name…I’m sorry, but girls do NOT get named THOR of all things at birth. THORA would be a better choice for a female version of a THUNDER GOD (not GODDESS, but again, we’re dealing with variants here)…the entire CHARACTER itself is TOO MASCULINE for this kind of thing…if Marvel is that set on making Thor undergo the pen/ink version of a sex change operation, please put him (I mean her!!!!) into (it?)s own alternate universe and leave the mainstream universe Thor alone.

    I also noticed that they are bringing a different character in as the new Captain America…I can get behind this change as it was my understanding that Cap died and Bucky took his place…but maybe something different…and would be far easier and more acceptable to do this than turn a GOD into a woman…in fact, a FEMALE Captain America would be more believable and make way more sense. Just putting that out there.

    But seriously Marvel…making the MAIN UNIVERSE THOR (or any other incarnation, for that matter) into a female would truly ruin that character for me…

    • I completely agree!! It’s just too weird. Being a woman I am all for equality, but why take an already established, definitely male character and make him a woman?? Very disappointing.

      • Marvel already has a female warrior Goddess from Asgard named The Valkyrie. She was actually one of the original members of the Avengers. Fault Disney with their Bass Ackward agenda!!! Turning Thor into a woman!!!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkyrie_(Marvel_Comics)

    • Fault Disney!!!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkyrie_(Marvel_Comics)

    • Completely agree. Also since Disney/Marvel is changing Thor’s gender, I think they should eliminate the hammer. Something more character appropriate like a spatula or an iron. Frying pan?

  4. Big mistake.. I think it’s a huge mistake.. Thor has always been male.. Why not having a female companion instead of changing the main character..

    Well… If it’s stay like that, I won’t watch the suites..

    Thanks

  5. Thor as a girl first occurred in the 1999 Marvel Comics “Earth X”
    storyline, and Captain America was first portayed as black in 2003 with “Truth: Red, White & Black”

    THIS is not new.

    In fact, quite often, tradional strong white male ‘super-heroes’ are re-depicted as either female, gay, black, or just about any other ethnic minority.

    AND it is not to attract female readers, but it is nice to see the overwhelming media coverage such old ideas receive.

  6. Here’s the deal with all of this…
    1. Thor has lost his worthiness to wield Mjolnir (the hammer that gives who is worthy the power of Thor),it’s not like Thor is gone for good he just isn’t worthy.
    2. A woman (probably Asgardian) is now the possessor of Mjolnir. Being that there is a need for an Asgardian on Earth as well as in the Avengers she’ll be Thor.
    3. There has been other comic characters that have been worthy and have wielded the power of Mjolnir before,this includes Beta Ray Bill,Eric Masterson,Storm,Capt America and even Superman and Wonder Woman is crossover series before,among other characters.
    4. It’s a STORY ARC….It’s not going to permanent,it’s not going to be used in the Marvel/Disney cinematic universe at all,just in the comic series. For all of you that don’t know this,Asgardians in the Marvel Universe are godlike aliens that were worshiped in the Bronze Age Marvel Universe as gods by the Norse/Vikings of that Marvel Universe. Once again,it’s just a story arc,Thor isn’t being changed into a woman,The Thor that you love is being elinimated,he’s just not worthy to wield the hammer for a while.

  7. Oops….What I meant in my last sentence is “that he’s NOT being eliminated” Sorry.

  8. Political correctness has officially become to 21st Century America what the black plague was to 14th century Europe, with only stupid people seeming to have a natural immunity to it.

    • Womens movement is raising its butt ugly face again

  9. No way should Thor become a female. Thor has been. Is, and will be male forever. And that’s the way it should be.

  10. Flipp’n Mickey!! This has everything to do with Disney’s “Bass Ackward” agenda. Marvel Universe has a plethora of super hero’s and villains Black, White, Asian, Latin, male, female and even gay. Disney only chooses to frame super hero’s in the same ol context of the straight white male. This attempt by Disney to show diversity is a Charade!!

    The Valkyrie one of the original Avengers was a Warrior Goddess from Asgard.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkyrie_(Marvel_Comics) There was no reason to replace Thor with a woman when a woman with her “Own” story line would have worked. Disney chooses not to throw it’s money, marketing and muscle behind female and minority Franchises.

    Why make Captain America Black when the Black Panther could be as good. Remember Captain America’s shield is made of “Vibrainium” a substance only found in Wakanda, home of the Black Panther!!

    This malaise by Disney will only serve to ruin a good thing, upset and disenfranchise fans…

  11. Wow. A women Thor. Who thought up this crap and got paid for it was not worth it. Im a women and I find this stupid. Come on is this all they can think of. How about the daughter of Thor who kicks ass. No they have no imagination and no vision to make new charactors for the future. We want to continue the legacy not convert it to the same story by just changing the charactor to female. This to me is an insult to women. Why would I want a male strong role to now be played by a women. I would want my own Femal charactor to start and stand on her own. This is more of a throw you a bone insult or were they high when they thought this was cool idea. They better step it up since we dont take to being handed 2nd best by there non talent. How about the daughter of Thor beign just like her father stubborn and fearless with a bit of recklessnes that needs to be taught a lesson.

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