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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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  1. I like Jason Aaron as a writer, and I think the concept could be done well. The only thing I take serious issue with is the venue in which they chose to announce this new title. It’s literally like some clueless PR guy said, “What’s a show that chicks like?” I don’t know anyone who voluntarily watches The View, and it’s known in my circles as the show receptionists put on because they’re having a bad day & want the whole waiting room to share their pain. I guarantee the target audience for that show could care less about comics. But yeah, I’ll at least check out the trades.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Im all for good female hero stories in comics, but really? This feels very forced and I guess that its not helping that being from Nordic country myself I’ve always cringed to misrepresentation of Nordic Gods in superhero comics. Yes, Im aware they are not strictly Nordic gods in Marvel universe but nonetheless, they are using same exact themes and names. This takes the cake though, they have plenty of great ladies in Avengers who could have more exposure, and even Asgardians but they just went with lazy gender swap.
    Theres a reason in mythologies, were they Greek, Nordic, Egyptian or whatever gods and goddesses have domains (thunder, wisdom, courage, lies, sun etc.) and genders, its part of their role they are fulfilling.

    P.S. If anyone thinks Im overreacting, I would like to see what kind of mess would same kind of stunt done with Allah or Buddha create. To me its not a gender issue but misrepresentation mythology, that used to be religion, by the way.

  3. I’m just going to point out that Marvel turned Thor into a woman in the Earth X series (or one of the follow ups…I forget which). It was done as a punishment by Odin because Loki tricked him and Thor was supposed to learn a lesson or something. As long as Marvel hasn’t forgotten they played that card and isn’t going to “punish” Thor with being a woman then I’m all in. This release doesn’t rule that option out though.

  4. Remember the 90’s when they replaced all of our favorite heroes with cooler more bad-ass heroes? This sounds like a re-tread with a different spin. I hope she has a sybioote.

  5. Malone_hasco on

    Oh, one more thing. I find it little strange that they made statement she’s still being called Thor, since its his given name, Thor Odinson. Thats like replacing Peter Parker with female character and still calling him Peter and Spider-Man. There is an actual feminine to Thor and its Thordis, name still used in for example, Iceland, but I guess its too much to ask for multi billion corporation like Disney/Marvel to know or care.

  6. So instead of creating a new character, they are going to just give the “title” (it’s not a title, it’s a name) to some girl? For what, to not offend people? This doesn’t make sense. They should either create a new “name” and transfer the title “God/Goddess of Thunder.” If even using feminized names to represent women now is too offensive, I’m afraid we are too far gone as a society. Aaron was writing some of the best Thor we’ve gotten in years and it’s going to get thrown away for Marvel’s publicity. What a shame. I’m afraid that I will have to drop Thor until he comes back next May before Avengers 2.

  7. Ashley Victoria Robinson on

    It couls be cool, but the move feels to me like a lot of pandering, pandering, pandering.

  8. justanothergeek on

    In Aaron we trust, though the way the announcement was made just seems gimmicky, but whatever it just needs to well written.

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