We were teased the other day with mysterious hints that there would be big news from Marvel coming out of The View today. Now we know what it’s all about. It seems that Thor has lost his mojo and his hammer after he becomes unworthy to hold the mighty Uru hammer. Details are sparse, but the big announcement was that a female character will be filling the gap and taking up Thor’s hammer and powers.
It started the other day when Marvel and the Internet started to buzz with word of a big mystery Marvel announcement on The View. Earlier today Marvel twitted this:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 15, 2014
Nice hint there, later that morning The View Marvel segment aired and we had our mystery Marvel announcement revealed. The View tweeted:
There’s no video of the segment yet, but we’re looking around and will post it when it pops onto the Internet, but the segment was about as awkward as you would expect. Whoopi Goldberg knew enough to lead the discussion of the segment, but the other ladies looked lost. Goldberg announced:
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!
There’s no detail on who will weld the hammer and power of Thor, although many are speculating that recent Asgardian addition to the family Angela, a character from the Spawn Universe, created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane.
She’s been brought into the Marvel Asgardian family as the long-lost daughter of Odin, which makes her Thor’s sister. When we’ve got more information on the character we’ll be sure to let you know here.
I was kinda disappointed by The View’s segment. No Marvel Movie Universe star, famous artist, or writer to help with the announcement. Just a blurb while the ladies sat around the table trying to look interested and failing. I feel like Marvel dropped the ball with this one. Fly in Chris Hemsworth or Stan Lee, at least have them on the monitor to talk with. Oh well, that’s day time television.
Soon after, Marvel released this official press release:
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.
Now a lot of sites on the Internet are buzzing because of this news and many are saying this will be the first woman to hold the hammer. That’s not really true. There have been a ton of people that have temporarily held Thor’s hammer. Let’s look at the list.
These are directly out of the pages of Thor and other Marvel comics:
Beta Ray Bill, Avenger Captain America, Storm of the X-men (My personal favorite), Eric Masterson, Odin,(Thor’s father), Bor (Thor’s grandfather), Buri (also known as Tiwaz, Thor’s great-grandfather), Hulk, Zarrko (The Tomorrow Man’s mining robot), The Herald of Galactus Air-Walker (animated by the soul of Nova Corps captain Gabriel Lan), Awesome Android (by mimicking Thor’s abilities and worthy nature)
Then there’s some others that are outside the primary Marvel canon:
Conan the Barbarian, Dargo Ktor (Future Thor), Loki, Magni, Rogue, Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), Woden, Alex Power
Let’s not forget our DC Comics characters that have held the hammer at one point or another:
So anyone getting their fur Asgardian panties in a wad over this gender swap can relax. Thor has always returned to pick up his hammer again, such will be the case here. Anyone having a hissy-fit about this probably doesn’t read comics anyways, because this kind of stuff is happening all the time. Seriously, if I tried to list the number of times a character has been changed, we’d be here all day.
These changes to the comic won’t be translated to the big screen for decades if ever. Although it would be a nice sub-plot for a Thor movie. There’s so much Thor material to work with that it is a possibility, but a slim one at best.
Just think of the wonderful Female Thor cosplay we’ll soon see:
*UPDATE – Joss Whedon tweeted this out with the picture below:
A female Thor? What the hell makes them think THAT would be cool? pic.twitter.com/Tg2Ti8PIOo
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) July 15, 2014
Yep, that’s the guy in charge of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the next Avengers movie after that. Think he might be thinking ahead?
Via: The View