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Marvel's new Thor will be a woman

A female character will take up Mjolnir this fall

By Kwame Opamon July 15, 2014 11:13

This morning on ABC's The View Marvel announced that Thor, Marvel's God of Thunder, will be a woman in the comics. The news is a major shift in Marvel's continuity, since Thor is one of the oldest superheroes in the Marvel universe. The new storyline will launch this October, penned by series writer Jason Aaron.

Whoopi Goldberg, The View's moderator, didn't mince words when she talked about the announcement. The character is a god — not a goddess — and will wield Mjolnir (and even the god's name) just like her predecessor, who was deemed unworthy of its power.

It's currently unclear who exactly is filling the role of Thor going forward, as the original character wasn't gender-swapped. Goldberg did, however, joke that it was her under the helm, saying, "White woman in a fight, black woman to make a living."

The original Thor, as he existed in the comics, was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Sent to Earth by his father Odin to learn the meaning of humility, he lost his memories and took on the identity of Dr. Donald Blake, an ordinary (if disabled) human being. But after holding Mjolnir for the first time, his powers return. The character would eventually become a founding member of the Avengers, and is played by actor Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this new character will officially take Thor's name as her own later this year.

This isn't the first time another character has taken up Mjolnir and therefore wielded Thor's powers. Beta-Ray Bill, Captain America, and even Wonder Woman have at one point managed to prove themselves worthy. You can read the entire press release below:

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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Probably will be hispanic or black too.

I'm all for diversity in comics. I think DC is working hard to make that happen with Dawn of Justice. Jason Momoa is Native American, Gal Gadot is Israeli, Ray Fisher is African American as Cyborg has always been, and hopefully they will go with a John Stewart Lantern after failing with Hal Jordan.

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I'm all for diversity in comics. I think DC is working hard to make that happen with Dawn of Justice. Jason Momoa is Native American, Gal Gadot is Israeli, Ray Fisher is African American as Cyborg has always been, and hopefully they will go with a John Stewart Lantern after failing with Hal Jordan.

I really have no problem if they create new comics that are diverse. Or if the add new characters that are diverse. But giving the main character a gender change or make an old norse god a black/hispanic person would be just silly. Really silly. Same silly as making a movie about Alexander the great and putting only blonde blue eyed actors in it.

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I suspect this has less to do with political correctness, and more to do with money. I'm also guessing that if this bombs, the old Thor will return post haste.

But why would people be more willing to go to the movies if the main character fits their gender or race better or whatever better? I never understood why Hollywood forces diversity into stories that originally did not have it. Especially historical movies. I think it is an insult to everyone, to those who like it authentic and to those whose race/gender was forced into the movie because those characters are usually completely useless and artificial.

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But why would people be more willing to go to the movies if the main character fits their gender or race better or whatever better? I never understood why Hollywood forces diversity into stories that originally did not have it. Especially historical movies. I think it is an insult to everyone, to those who like it authentic and to those whose race/gender was forced into the movie because those characters are usually completely useless and artificial.

Just so we are clear here...We are not talking about the Disney Avengers and Thor movies...Those will not change...Right? Just the comic story going forward.
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A politically correct promotional stunt in a comic book used to garner media attention for a dying medium that will be undone just before the next ****** movie is released? I don't believe it.

A dying medium? Lol, this isn't the early 90's. Comic books have probably never been as popular as they are right now.

And this whole thing is stupid. In an attempt to take a feminist approach, they've actually managed to be pretty sexist. Instead of creating a new, interesting female character, or fleshing out an already existing character that hasn't had much time in the spotlight like Sif, they transform a guy into a woman and just keep calling her by the same name.

What a bullsh*t publicity stunt.

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Just so we are clear here...We are not talking about the Disney Avengers and Thor movies...Those will not change...Right? Just the comic story going forward.

That was I thought, but there is no telling. Since the comic movies don't really have much to do with the comic histories I grew up reading anymore, I can't really guess where this is gonna lead.

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Just so we are clear here...We are not talking about the Disney Avengers and Thor movies...Those will not change...Right? Just the comic story going forward.

only in comics. For now. Just wait until they reboot it. It will work, especially if it gains a big fan base. Just like the black spiderman, you will probably never see her outside of the comics. Don't read much into uninformed rants
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