Jul 16 2014 7:03am

Dude Looks Like Is a Lady: Thor’s New Incarnation

Thor is a womanYesterday, Marvel Comics made the announcement that as of October, Thor will be a woman, wielding the hammer Mjolnir, taking over for the previous (male) Thor. Thor remains a god—not a goddess—and will have all the powers of all previous Thor iterations.

Here's some more info from Marvel's press release:

“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.”

What do you think of this news? 

Image from Esad Ribic/Marvel

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Carla Patterson
1. sweetpea215_8
*sighs* No....just no. If she were going to be an alternate universe Thor, that would be fine. However, this being the NEW and ONLY Thor....Nope, I like my Thor the way he is, thanks. I know this is supposed to be a way to bring in more female readers, but I would think that between the Thor movies and the Avengers, Chris H. drew in quite a few new fans. I'm a geek and like most geeks, I don't like change. Especially when it's unnessessary change. I was really supportive of the idea of Angela being Thor's long forgotten sister. But this, I can't accept it. Especially when Thor God of Thunder was one of the handful of Marvel/DC titles I was really enjoying from today's market. I'm all for having strong femal leads, but why not just give Angela or Valkyrie their own ongoing series? Since Captain America lost his serum, I bet they'll use it as an excuse to replace him in the same way. This is one more title that will be removed from my pull list.
2. Rapidlight
Seriously, the saddest thing I've read in years. Truly, what is Marvel Comics thinking.
rachel sternberg
3. rae70
meh... not drinking that coffee... thor is a god, not goddess...
4. Vickie Russell
Uh, what? Everyone, even if you're not a comic fan, knows Thor is a man. That's just wrong. I was enjoying Marvel, but I am wondering if they've lost the plot. Maybe after the next Avengers movie I'll drop out ... I mean no Robert Downey Jnr, no Chris Hemsworth, they're probably going to dump a bunch of other actors as well, I'm out.
5. Torifl
It's a comic book, folks. A fictional cartoon charater. I think everyone needs to take a mment and just relax.
6. Torifl
I've also heard that female Thor isn't replacing male Thor...just taking up mantle after he has been made powerless for some reason.
7. stacymd2
This sounds like a gimmick, but I can't fault Marvel for trying something new. Comic book sales are not what it used to be 20-30 years ago. No risk no reward. This will drive away many long time fans, but Marvel is hoping the change brings in new fans. Time will tell if it works.

This isn't totally out there in the Thor universe. Loki at one point did take over Sif's body.

I don't blame loyal Thor fans for being upset or cancelling subscriptions. I have been a loyal Wonder Woman fan for decades. I've bought comics, books and many statues and figures. If Wonder Woman is EVER turned into a man or a man takes up the mantle of Wonder Woman (for any reason), I would drop the franchise and stop being a fan.
8. Akalle
I'm so excited for this!!! I don't have a problem at all with the change. In fact, I would have liked the original Thor to have switched gender, but that's just me. Can't wait! Adding it to the pull list along with She Hulk.
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