It was announced today on The View by Whoopi Goldberg that Marvel Comics that the traditional male Thor character will be replaced by a new female Thor.
According to Marvel's Asgardian canon, the male Thor commits some sort of misdeed which renders him unworthy of wielding his enchanted hammer Mjolnir, and the lady Thor takes his place. Little is known so far about the origins of the female Thor, but it's been revealed that the original God of Thunder had once saved her.
Goldberg remarked, “It’s a huge day in the Marvel Universe. Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”
— IGN (@IGN) July 15, 2014
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2014
Avengers director Joss Whedon chimes in on Twitter:
A female Thor? What the hell makes them think THAT would be cool? pic.twitter.com/Tg2Ti8PIOo
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) July 15, 2014
It's not clear why Whedon posted a picture of Katee Sackhoff, who would make an excellent lady Thor; perhaps it's some sort of casting hint.
what's next? female Thor demanding Asgard pay for women's birth control? *one guy in crowd claps then stops when he notices no one else*
— Randy (@randygdub) July 15, 2014
I’m not against a female Thor. I’m just tired of “let’s put someone else in the costume” as Marvel’s monthly creative breakthrough.
— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) July 15, 2014
Thor: God of Thunder series by writer Jason Aaron commented, “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." Aaron will stay on as a writer of the new iteration of the Thor saga, and will be joined by Russell Dauterman, who will be handling the artwork.
The original man-Thor will not be written out of the Marvel universe, but will be carrying his magical battle ax called Jarnbjorn, which he wielded during his younger days.
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