It’s a big day for Marvel Comics and Thor.
On Tuesday morning, Marvel revealed on ABC’s The View and in a statement of their own that this fall, the Thor we are all familiar with will no longer be worthy to wield his mighty hammer Mjölnir. Taking his place will be an all new female Thor.
Marvel editior Wil Moss spoke in a statement “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,” said 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!”
Senior Marvel writer Jason Aaron also spoke in a statement saying “This is not She-Thor,” he said in the Marvel release. “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.”
The new series will be titled “Thor” and will be written by Jason Aaron (writer) of Thor: God Of Thunder, Original Sin, and Wolverine: Weapon X) with artwork from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).
While the inevitable backlash has begun, fans should give this new concept of a female Thor a chance before writing her off. When Marvel announced that the half-black, half-Latino Miles Morales would be taking over duties in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, fans cried foul and many claimed it was a PR stunt. But what followed was arguably some of the best and most acclaimed stories to happen to the Spider-Man comic series in a long time, and Miles Morales grew to be a strong character and fan favorite, a huge win for Marvel coming off a series of serious missteps involving everyone’s favorite webhead. It was a big win for Marvel Comics and their fans, and there’s no reason to believe that Marvel can’t do it again.
Thor #1 descends from the heavens of Asgard this October.