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Marvel Proudly Presents Thor

Meet the new female hero who will wield Mjolnir and see an exclusive first image of the unworthy former Thunder God!

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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 complimented with art from Russell Dauterman.

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the “big three” of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. No longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge 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. THOR will be 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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              CodSwallop
              CodSwallop

              ITT: people who don't understand what it's like to be underrepresented in media and lack strong role models.

              Scholar07
              Scholar07 member

              So... What is Marvel's response to all of this that has been said?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

              were1234
              were1234

              Just taking a guess thor will turn out to be Jane foster

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              Here's a list of female goddesses from Norse mythology, Marvel should be able to find a new female super-heroine from this without turning Thor into a female.

              Frigga - Goddess of marriage and motherhood.

              Gefjun - Goddess of fertility and plough.

              Hlín - Goddess of consolation and protection.

              Iðunn - Goddess of youth.

              Jörð - Goddess of the Earth. Mother of Þórr by Odin.

              Lofn - Goddess of forbidden loves.

              Nanna - Goddess of joy and peace, an Ásynja married with Baldr and mother to Forseti. Died because of Baldur's death.

              Nerþus - A goddess mentioned by Tacitus. Her name is connected to that of Njörðr.

              Nótt - Goddess of night, daughter of Narvi and mother of Auð, Jörð and Dagr by Naglfari, Annar and Delling, respectively.

              Sága - An obscure goddess, possibly another name for Frigg.

              Ran - Goddess of the sea.

              Sif - Wife of Thor. Goddess of harvest.

              Sjöfn - Goddess of love.

              Skaði - Goddess of winter; Njörðr's wife.

              Snotra - Goddess of prudence.

              Sol - Goddess of Sun. Swallowed by Skoll.

              Vár - Goddess of contract.

              Vör - Goddess of wisdom.

              Yggdrasil - Goddess of life. Tree of life. Connects the 9 worlds.


              carriath
              carriath

              BTW, Disney=feminist movement. Marvel = owned by Disney, Thor = A woman. Never mind respecting the culture from which the diety originated, or just accepting that a character is a male. Feminism Rawr. Ergo Disney made Thor a woman. 

              • I frankly won't go see Avengers 3 in theatres if they fire this guy. He has done awesome in 4 movies... so we're just going to cave to all this feminist criticism that there isn't a good female superhero out there WHEN THERE IS. 
              • Jean Grey, Mystique, Black Widow, Pepper Potts (as Iron Woman in Iron Man 3), Storm, presumably Scarlet Witch when she comes out. Miss Marvel, goodness the list is long. But to feminists, it will never... ever be long enough until there are no masculine characters left. E.G. maleficent
              • I would be perfectly happy to see a female Thor, but if this was about equality, why is it necessary to imasculate Thor?
              • There is good story here, did Thor abdicate to become human?  Is their an alternate universe Thor, is their a Dark Mjolnir.  etc... any number of interesting story threads that don't involve the imasculation of Thor the epitomy of masculinity to appease the feminist Blogosphere Goddesses.

              ecrouch
              ecrouch member

              Is the feminist lobby now out to emasculate fictional characters, too?  They don't want equality, they want superiority.  Well, put a "W" in their column, the execs over at Marvel are running the show in panties, now it would seem.  

              warp1958
              warp1958 member

              This is a blatant attempt to draw in other readers.  It is a marketing ploy with no regard to the current fans of the book.  With Marvel it’s all about the dollar.  Maybe it is time to consider a move to DC?

              Spiderman3301
              Spiderman3301

              Thor is a Man not a girl do not mess with that make a she Thor I do not care but keep our heroes how they were. There are already lots of popular female heroes. like She Hulk, Jean Grey, Gamora, black widow,.

              rrrrrr
              rrrrrr

              Marvel I thought y'all had a library of over 5000 characters why can't you all give the female characters you already have a chance

              randy16r
              randy16r

              I am going to stop buying Thor comics because for now it seems as though there is no Thor.  Thor is not a woman, plain and simple. When Thor was a frog, I didn't buy that either.

              Solarie
              Solarie

              As am from Norway and norse mythology is at home here i think this is disrespect full of marvel to alter our mythology as this with no 

              concern or regards to the "religion" behind it.

              So i hereby demand "you marvel" to discontinue to tarnish our mythology like this, you can interpret some of it as you see it, but do not go and 

              make Thor a female. 

              We have strong female characters in the mythology as it stands now Thor is a male have always been and will always stay as such.

              it is under law forbidden to alter religion as this, what do you at marvel think would have happened if you portrait say "Allah""Buddha" as a female?

              it is the same with norse mythology.

              el3ctricfuneral
              el3ctricfuneral

              This makes about as much sense as giving Ms. Marvel a great big bushy beard, none at all.  I love Thor.  Thor is the character that got me into Marvel comics, and comics in general about 20 years ago as a little one.  In the desert, when the Army had me sleeping in filth and working my tail off every day I had Thor comics sent to me.  Then, Marvel decides that rather than creating a new, strong female character they should just go ahead and bastardize a character people have loved for years now.  I can't speak for anyone else, but I won't be purchasing a single volume that includes this travesty of a cash grab until Thor Odinson himself steps back up to reclaim Mjolnir.  Make an original strong female, and keep yer filthy hands off of the God of Thunder.  

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              God of Thunder, get it. Not Goddess of Thunder!

              TorvusAnimus
              TorvusAnimus

              Never before has their been a move that was meant to pander to female audiences more than this. Lame Marvel, way lame. Here's an ORIGINAL idea - try coming up with NEW female characters to grow the universe....instead of pulling crap like THIS.

              Jack_Cole01
              Jack_Cole01

              Marvel has no iconic female superhero which DC have in Wonder Woman. Making Thor a female will solve that.

              darkenmarr
              darkenmarr

              I've been reading and collecting comics since the 80's and Thor has always been my icon and hero. If you change him you will be committing franchise suicide and lose many of your long term fans. What are you thinking?!! This is a mistake of epic proportions. Is this really what Marvel has become? Where is your backbone? Are you really going to let Disney turn one of your strongest heroes into a princess? I'm a female and I can see that this is some stupid attempt at drawing in the young female crowd. DON'T. There are plenty of strong female characters out there that you could give a strong reboot and bring them into the light. And why are you turning the womanizer Tony Stark gay? He has NEVER given off the rainbow vibe.... wtf?! And let Steve Rodgers stay where he is, if you want Hawk to become a stronger character put your writers to work! For Odin's sake.

              HetGarl
              HetGarl

              This is the worst news ever! I am a woman and I live in a Nordic country, so Thor's hammer belongs to a male Thor. Well, there is not even this stupid discussion that Þór (Thor) as a woman. This name, which is from norse mithology, does not belong to a girl. Why don't you guys create something new and leave Thor alone?! He is a classic and the passion of many! Now change him to a girl is simply too sad. Mjölnir belongs to a male hero, not a girl. This is extremely disappointing. Time to stop following Marvel.

              ANDIE666
              ANDIE666

              I'm a woman and I hate these changes (Thor / Captain America). I don't need a female hero to buy a comic, I need a good and original story. Do you want a female hero? Ok, bring us something new and don't mess with the classic and beloved heroes.*Sorry about my English*

              Athena8088
              Athena8088

              I'm female. Thor is one of THE most fundamental Marvel Characters and there are plenty of strong female characters to choose from... 

              This is obviously a bad attempt by you to trivialize the need for more female role models.
              Your fans are too smart to be fooled by this bad joke - you will never follow through with it.

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              A good question @Scholar07, are they reading these posts, are they taking on board what Thor fans think about this?

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed.

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              the Scandinavian myths form a linked chain of stories, creating a mighty, fantastical world teeming with gods and goddesses, master-smiths and magicians. Battles between gods and giants exist alongside unexpected love matches until the final days of destruction dawn, with their promise of rebirth.

              Using his talents as poet, translator and author, Kevin Crossley-Holland brings the myths alive. He reveals a dynamic culture in which is reflected the Norseman's spirit and confidence, his ruthlessness and cruelty, arrogance and generosity.

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @Thrudheim you realize that Thor wasn't always worthy of the hammer right?

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @TorvusAnimus Really? You think the big breasted women wearing little cloths are in the comics for the women?

              ecrouch
              ecrouch member

              @Jack_Cole01 That's a weak argument.  Creating a new female character would solve it too.  Developing the female characters that Marvel already has would solve it as well.  The way you played that made it sound like turning Thor into a lady was the only remedy for a lack of leading lady characters.  It's actually an insult to Marvel's female readers.  It sends the message that Marvel isn't interested enough in their female readership to invest some time and creativity into a new character or an existing one.  

              ThegnThrand
              ThegnThrand

              @Jack_Cole01 Making Thor a Woman makes about as much since as making Wonder Woman a Man.Thor is  male God by Prose Edda's and has to be a male as much as an amazonian Princess has to be a woman.Thor is also a God that is Worshiped in Asatru and heathen beliefs and is recognized world wide as legitimate religion.In the Asatru faith Thor is a father figure God and Sif is the mother Figure and they have a daughter together.Making Thor Woman to ones who still believe in him is an insult like making Jesus,Mohammad or Allah a woman to other religions.From all the online poles I have seen this is not solving anything but may be the demise of Marvel by its own doing.I leave you with an image of how this looks to us :D

              https://medium.com/ranting-raving/wonder-woman-is-now-a-man-85ec79e34d3b

              ThegnThrand
              ThegnThrand

              Err Poll,We need more comments as well :D

              Symbah
              Symbah

              Pathetic that the Disney-Marvel lame brains don't have the wisdOm to "dance with what 'brung' 'em" ... "THOR" movies have the perfect cast, storyline, special effects, art, music - everything!! "THOR" movies are the first movies in years that i (and many friends & family) have wanted to see over & over, but that will not be the case if THOR becomes a female!!! I am a female .. I do NOT want a she-Thor ... The thought of it makes me angry & disgusted with the whole movie industry! Who needs it! Trying to cram their dark, twisted ideas down our throats! I marvel at Marvel's idioTic decision to destroy the best thing they have ever created! It's truly Unbelieveable & unforgiveable!

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              @wsouth, I've not read a Marvel comic for years, but I've bought both the Thor movies and have had my interest in both Norse mythology and the Marvel character reawakened by Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and I like Jaimie Alexander as Sif and Rene Russo as Frigga.

              If the Marvel comics or books were to reflect the fictional cinematic universe depicted then I would be tempted to buy them. Whereas from what I've read so far, I'm not likely to look for a Marvel comic or book in the newsagents, bookshop or on line.

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @WolfieSmith ok the first Thor movie came out in 2011. You've had 3 years to buy Thor comics. You haven't. So Marvel should listen to you about what to do in the comics when you don't even buy the comics? In the 3 years Marvel has published several Thor comics set in the cinematic universe drawn exactly like the onscreen Thor. The main Thor book (not cinematic universe) is ranked 52 best Marvel Comic of ALL TIME. So you're not buying Thor (the dude) but you want Marvel to keep him a dude so you can continue to NOT buy the comic. Does this make business sense to you. That a company should listen to he people NOT buying the comic.

              WolfieSmith
              WolfieSmith

              @wsouth Ok, disregard a fan of the Thor movies, true I've not bought a Marvel comic since childhood and I'm now in my sixties. As a child I did by the first Thor comic as he was my favourite character, and collected them for two years. I wish I'd kept them, my son is a Marvel fan, he likes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I've got into that. As a family we prefer Marvel to DC characters.

              Having been a Thor fan as a child, I got interested in Norse mythology and I'm indebted to Marvel for that. I'm pleased Thor has remained one of Marvels top ranking characters of all and hope this leads readers to become interested in the historical myths of Scandinavia and Europe.

              I'm convinced that a female Thor will be a flash in the pan phenomena, let's give it six months to a year at most. Far better to develop Sif and Frigga in the way that Thor and Loki are as Marvel characters. They are strong female figures from Norse mythology and with the right promotion should have the potential to fill any market for female super-heroines.

              That makes better business sense to me than messing about with an established character for a few months. Possibly alienating core Thor fans, and not breaking into a new female market. Developing and promoting an existing character from Norse mythology with the historical kudos as well as a long term super-heroine, that makes more sense to me.