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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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              soren318
              soren318

               Thor is based off the actual Thor from the norse religion, and at no time in the mythology of that religion does thor get turned into a woman, i love that there are female superheroes, and all about them being equal too the male ones, but this whole lets turn some of our male super heroes like thor (also mr. marvel is getting a gender bender to ms. marvel) into females. It makes no sense, instead of destroying the legacy of one hero, pull up one of the heroines and fuel their fame a bit. Like i said i'm not against female superheroes but i am completely against the whole gender switch (even though it is technically diff chars..........with pretty much the same name.....) like are they gonna switch any female heroes to males? I mean does anyone see Valkyrie passing Dragonfang on to some dude? lol

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              Thor is a god not a goddess It's that simple!

              me2014
              me2014

              Got the appeal of breaking down name barriers. Why shouldn't a woman be named Thor or Ralph or John and prefer other women? Or any manner of historically taboo alternative lifestyles? 

              me2014
              me2014

              Marvel is behind times. Promote the transgendered instead to ensure equality via doubt and debate about true sexuality.

              Garypower
              Garypower

              The change seems patently ridiculous, only managing to annoy Thor fans such as myself while also coming off as a rather 

              condescending act of appeasement to women.  'Hey, ladies, look!  We're just going to give you a main character!" It's right in line with the female empowerment vein running through the comics and TV and society in general, and we can't know if it's driven more by a desire to do the right thing or to tap into a wider demographic, but there are better ways to accomplish this.  Thor's a man, a male god based on Norse mythology, and a very cool character who has already suffered all kinds of indignities at the hands of a motley crew of writers over the years.  This is too much.  Hell, put a woman in Tony Stark's armor.  More plausible than this.  For the record, Beta Ray Bill also bugged me.  As a final comment, making Thor's power and status hinge on Mjolnir also reinforces the screwy idea that Thor's powers derive from his hammer.  Reductive and narratively lazy. By the bye, Marvel, could you tweak 

              your page and get the ad column here off our comment space?  Text gets lost behind it and it's not clear how to remove it.


              Kingsman0
              Kingsman0

              Just got a copy of the "NEW" Thor comic.

              Can't wait to dig in. At work now, but something new... could be a good change.

              At least for me. Can't condemn something that i have not given a shot. 


              Seems a little narrow minded and silly.

              After i take a look inside the pages and finish the comic... only then will i comment on it.

              Seems only logical, IMHO.

              Adventfire
              Adventfire

              Wow, I'm betting Sif and Valkyrie not to mention a lot of other strong women in the Marvel Universe are pretty ticked that Marvel thinks they are not good enough to step up and be leading female role models. Nah, let's mess with one of our oldest male characters and tick off half our readers. Go Marvel!

              misterprickly
              misterprickly

              I can't wait for the next few issues!

              I truly do hope that this Thor remains Thor for years as opposed to the Masterson Thor, who I did like but his "kick at the can" was way too short.

              Some fans take things way too seriously; almost to an embarrassingly absurd level.
              It's like when Princess Zelda became a brunette... Fans were all like "She's a BLONDE!!!"

              MURASAME723
              MURASAME723

              This attempt to bring about gender equality in comic books has actually degraded men by saying the original male Thor is "unworthy"!

              #patronizingwomen My family thinks this is ridiculous and I hope this doesn't happen. Its like changing Captain America's race. Just make a new hero! 

              Bullstiz
              Bullstiz

              I am a woman and I find this stupid!!! Thor is a MAN and always will be!!! If you want a new female Hero make one don't ruin a character i actually like... This pisses me off!!!

              Jakkwebb
              Jakkwebb

              So Marvel, tell me......what happens to the story of thor, odin ladY sif and the worriers three? Im curious to know...

              balecross
              balecross

              This sucks, what’s wrong with you people. If you want a strong female character, by all means you should create one. Why do we have to pull some foolish stunt like taking a male character with significant history and making him female? Does this add value, bring more life to the character; or is it just another example of a company going over the top to be PC and show the world just how diverse and wonderful they are. Seriously, take all that creative talent, come up with something new, better, different. All good, don’t break something that works, has history and a timeline behind it for the sake of…. well nothing really.

              hbi2k
              hbi2k

              After reading it, I gotta say it's a pretty good start. What I found interesting is that there is a minor connection between the backlash of the fans over this is with Odin in the story where he demands to go back to the status quo. The theme for the new thor series is worthiness. Thor is no longer worthy of mjnoir nor Odin and he's the king. Keep something in mind, even though there are more opportunities for women in comics, this is still a male-dominated genre.  For people demanding to have stronger female characters, you're kinda being hypocrites. What a woman can't be worthy of being the god of thunder.

              Scholar07
              Scholar07 member

              I am not even going to bother about browsing the online comic. I am angry, I am extremely dissapointed at Marvel for allowing the writer to come up with such a stupid idea about changing Thor and making him a woman.  I will NEVER want to hear or read, or watch nothing about the woman Thor.  Good bye marvel with your attitude of ignoring what we say here and imposing what we dont want...

              Loddfafnir
              Loddfafnir

              Thor is the son of the Allfather ruler of Asgard, husband of Sif, god of the sky, thunder and protector of humanity and Midgard.  

              Loddfafnir
              Loddfafnir

              I think there is an overwhelming consensus on this forum that Thor is the god of thunder. That the concept of Thor as a female rather a male superhero is flawed. As I've stood and stared into the well and pondered, all that can be said is take the advice of the wisdom of the gods of Asgard.

              Never succumb to the sweet words of witches, never trust an evil man, never waste time on a witless ape, only a true friend tells you what you don't want to hear. So hail the speaker and he who listens!

              I say listen to Darthphobos and WolfieSmith, hail to those who listen!

              roguedono
              roguedono

              @soren318

              @soren318  I honestly think you guys need to chill. Our beloved Thor Odinson WILL be back. If we want to go on about how Thor is based off of the mythology, then you have to also cut down the non-accuracies through the rest of the Thor trilogy.  Things such as Loki being Thor's brother (even by adoption) or Thor being blonde instead of a red head with a beard (not all Thor comics draw him with a beard).  In mythology, Sif does not even wield a sword and is the goddess of the harvest not of war.  Let us also not forget that Ragnarok was not supposed to "bring back the gods in a realm now called Asgardia".  Ragnarok was supposed to be the end of the gods.  It was a huge event changed from the original mythos to suit the style and story of the comics.  What about Thor being an adopted son of Frigga? Odinsleep? What is that?  It may have a connection to the Sigurd-legend but is not accurate to Odin. And on the topic of Odin...He LOVED war. He caused it often and loved to create strife. While he didn't like to get his own hands dirty he still found ways to keep fighting. He was very cruel and fickle.  Some of the comic renditions are a bit more accurate to this form of Odin but the first movie Odin was very much not.  Villains and heroes were made up to fill in roles in the comics...Enchantress? Who the hell is she? She certainly was never part of Thor and Loki's life during the mythology so why is she even in the comics?  And one of my personal favourites from the movie....Laufey...Loki's father. In the mythology, Laufey was his MOTHER. So we have definitely seen that Marvel is more than capable of switching the sexes of characters in order to portray THEIR VERSIONS of the story.

              I can keep going, but the thing is the comics are not solely based on the mythology but LOOSELY based. The characters are very different than their mythological counterparts. The argument "it is based on mythology and this doesnt happen so its an insult to the myths" is ludicrous because there are a ton of things in the comics that dont happen in the mythology.  

              At least they made this new Hammer-wielder a different character and did not change Thor's sex. Thor Odinson is still Thor Odinson and he will be back. It's just that no one knows WHEN.  Hold your tail ends and wait it out while reading the adventures of these two characters as they develop and don't let SEX stand in the way of what you think is good or bad for a character and story. >_>  I dont see nearly as much hype about The Falcon taking up Captain America, so why should a female Thor get so much hate? Is it because she is female? Most likely. The idea that a masculine character is changed with a more feminine one is a cause for hate in most societies, ne?  :/ Prove it wrong if you don't think that is the case.


              me2014
              me2014

              LOL - as I remember Thor is far more open to intentionally maiming a foe than the typical good hero. "Why not? His crimes are many and severe. A cripple is unlikely to cause trouble again!!!"

              me2014
              me2014

              In fact Thor with PMS might be a bit stereotyped but it fits the historical moody personality swings.

              me2014
              me2014

              Got to retain the quick temper and readiness to resort to physical force -- and if not eagerly the willingness to kill for the greater good when subdual is not an assured solution to the threat.

              me2014
              me2014

              What is important is that she still kicks your teeth out for any critique of her choices or disrespect. 


              Now if Thor becomes a peace at any price advocate -- well then all that is left is a trademarked name.

              me2014
              me2014

              Or hermaphrodites or born withouts or even golems (created without).

              me2014
              me2014

              @Adventfire Yup Norse mythology has some pretty equal women built in...just nobody telling their stories very often.

              Kingsman0
              Kingsman0

              @misterprickly Let them hate. Let them freak out. The books already here.

              "Women haters united" will just have to deal. So sorry. 


              Not.

              me2014
              me2014

              @MURASAME723 Didn't original Cap have black sidekick on his WWII team? Seems there was room there to expand after Cap gets killed or put into suspended animation again. 


              But truthfully its probably more about tearing down the "Ole Boy" network of heroes. Lots of truth in equality can only be achieved by conquest and humiliation. Only then will traditional "ole Boys" Reconsider and make room versus just forting up with old favorites.


              Kingsman0
              Kingsman0

              @MURASAME723 Nobody is changing anybody's race. Steve Rodgers is still your all American white guy.

              And Sam Wilson is still a person of color. Just their roles have changed. And they are friends. Regardless of their skin tone.

              Sam is the perfect fill in at this moment in time, after what's happened to Steve.

              Man, all of these short sided folks... scary. So glad i don't know them in the real world.

              Wow. 

              misterprickly
              misterprickly

              @MURASAME723 There's been other Captain America's and it's not the first time he's been BLACK (Isiah Bradley).

              It's also not the first time that The Donald Blake Thor became unworthy.


              And how does this "degrade men" by the way? I'm a man and I don't feel degraded at all.
              Maybe it's just you?!

              Marvelfan_9
              Marvelfan_9

              SOme of us do want this! Your opinion is not the only one that matters.

              misterprickly
              misterprickly

              @Darthphobos And how are space aliens that the vikings worshiped as gods, supposed to do this?
              Smash it with a hammer? Stab it with a sword? Cast it into the Bifröst?
              Seriously... Get real!

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              By 2015 working people will have seen the biggest fall in wages of any Parliament since 1874.

              Loddfafnir
              Loddfafnir

              We learn from wisdom of a wiseman or woman, from true friends and the wisdom of the gods ''to do evil brings no lasting pleasure; to do good will make you glad, hale to the speaker and to those who listen and don't waist time on witless apes.  

              me2014
              me2014

              @Adventfire Still think old Thor choosing partial sex change (got that long hair to as starting point) would be NEWER approach and focus on real minority.  Best of both worlds when appealing to readers over personal issues and characteristics. 

              Marvelfan_9
              Marvelfan_9

              Thankyou for this comment! Thor is actually my favorite super hero and I was really excited to find out they were making him a woman. I was going to be thor for halloween this year, i have been him in the past but now, i get to be "her".. And come on, as other articles have mentioned, a frog was worthy enough to weild his mighty hammer! but a woman isn't? :/

              Adventfire
              Adventfire

              @misterprickly @Bullstiz  I'm pretty sure he was just sticking to the topic and not saying that other bad things going on in the world are not as important. This is a Marvel site after all and not world news.

              Zemeto
              Zemeto

              @Scholar07 Couldn't they just allow a female character with the right traits to use the hammer while Thor was getting better, drunk or whatever the reason is that he didn't have it in the first place. Hell if i were Thor and I found a woman with the right virtues or traits i would let her use my hammer.

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              73% of the people hit by Tories' benefit cap are children.

              Marvelfan_9
              Marvelfan_9

              @misterprickly Forgot to add your name :p

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              300,000 more children in absolute poverty than a year ago.