Move over old Thor, there’s a new “God of Thunder’’ in town, who just happens to be a woman.
Marvel Comics announced this morning that a woman would portray Thor in a new comic book series, called “THOR,’’ that is set to be realeased in October.
“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 in the press release.
Marvel emphasized that the character is not a subsidiary of Thor.
“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,’’ series writer Jason Aaron said in the press release.
Vox explained how a character can switch genders:
“Thor and his powers (super strength and weather manipulation) are, according to Marvel’s folklore, determined by his hammer Mjölnir. If you can pick up the hammer, then you’re considered “worthy’’ to wield the powers of Thor. And according to Marvel, the hero currently known as Thor will, for some reason, not be able to hold the hammer anymore, and a female will take his place.’’
The announcement was first made this morning on “The View’’:
Twitter sure had a lot to say about the new Thor (both good and bad):
How many of y'all men (boys) are mad about Thor being a woman now. *sips drink and laughs*— KuroHouseki (@BBTau1899) July 15, 2014
I don't know which I like more, the new female Thor or watching dudes freak out about it.— Tyler Parker (@penguinsdawn) July 15, 2014
You guys realize it's not part of the Avengers storyline, right? That Thor's still a guy. That's pretty much all that I care about— Thomas (@Thomaserail) July 15, 2014
But why is the new Thor a female? I want backstory, relation w/ Loki, Odin, will there be a female Beta Ray Bill? pic.twitter.com/wefsIz40TL— Marco (@TheFlyingZeus) July 15, 2014
Someone better tell Chris Hemsworth that Thor is undergoing some serious changes.— Justin Graham (@Hailinel) July 15, 2014
If people care, I'm excited for the new Thor, and I think people getting annoyed about it are being silly— Will Battle (@iWillBattle) July 15, 2014
OK so this female Thor thing..is not yet a Hollywood idea..but in the comics..ok then..STILL a stupid idea. Just MY opinion of course— Maryann Bjordal (@Marystat) July 15, 2014
What is all the news about with this female Thor.... If Thor is gonna be a girl I am going to cry...— Chloe Watson △ψβ (@boofyloo) July 15, 2014