Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder?
In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show.
It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick.
“This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “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.”
And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in the new series, which finds the present Thor unable to wield the mystic hammer Mjolnir, which can grant any who hold it – provided they are worthy – the power of the thunder god.
“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,” Marvel editor Wil Moss said in a statement. “And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Thor will join the swelling ranks of headlining heroines at Marvel: “Captain Marvel” (starring former Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers and written by Kelly Sue DeConnick) has inspired a fervent following known as the Carol Corps. A new G. Willow Wilson-written “Ms. Marvel,” featuring Pakistani American and Muslim teenager Kamala Khan, has impressed readers and critics. And recent ongoing series of “She-Hulk,” “Black Widow” and more have marked the company’s outreach to have even more women and girls join the traditionally largely male ranks of its readership.
But this may be the most thunderous arrival of a female-led Marvel title yet.
It is not the first time someone other than the outgoing Thor has held the hammer: His vast power (strength, weather and electric control, flight, opening interdimensional portals and more) has been granted at times to the alien Beta Ray Bill and human Eric Masterson, who became known as the hero Thunderstrike.
Marvel’s familiar Thor was introduced in 1960s stories as having been banished from Asgard by that realm’s leader, his father, Odin, as punishment for his arrogance. He lived on Earth under the guise of Dr. Donald Blake for years before being allowed to revert to his older form – and even then led a double life for years. (And, as comics go, later Dr. Blake became his own being, separate from Thor.)
So who will the new protector of the real of Asgard be? Sif? Angela? Marvel isn’t saying yet. Take your best guess in the comments section below.
– Blake Hennon and Jevon Phillips | @LATHeroComplex
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