Geeks doing a double take on the heading need to be aware that this is not a joke. We are as gobsmacked as the rest of the world since the announcement that the days of the testosterone, muscle bound, beard growing mighty Thor has come to an end. That’s right…. Marvel made the announcement on “The View” on Tuesday, July 15, that the duties of the hammer-wielding superhero will be taken over by a female. The guys have a really scientific reason for all this hoopla. Apparently, The change “aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for superhero comic books in America – women and girls”.
Huh? We appreciate the efforts to expand and reach a broader audience but there is surely better ways of introducing female superheroes in the Marvel Universe. The problem is not with introducing female characters if people were wondering why geeks are reacting in disapproval, by all means, bring in more female superheroes we have been begging for a big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman for years. Even “X-Men: Days of Future Past” featured the talented Jennifer Lawrence with additional face time to expand a bit more on Mystique a.k.a. Raven’s back-story. We even had the privilege of seeing Black Widow’s back-story unfold as well in the latest big screen adaptation of “Captain America”. Geeks have always expressed a desire to see more female superheroes, but at the expense of a well-known, and fan favored cult superhero?…..This is a terrible move Marvel!
They should have introduced a female equivalent of Thor! The Hulk, Deadpool, Superman, Captain America, Aquaman and countless other superheroes have female versions equally powerful and entertaining. Replacing existing superheroes makes no sense; how about a Wonder Man replacing Wonder Woman? Thank goodness the Amazon warrior princess is safely tucked away at DC.
Anyway, like it or not, the decision is made and Marvel is moving forward with it! The son of Odin is no more; check out the picture of what his replacement could look like! The new “Thor” series written by Jason Aaron is accompanied with the artwork released by Russell Dauterman as illustrated above. We can clearly see a blond woman with silver plated breast armor holding the famous superhero’s hammer.
Marvel editor Wil Moss says:
“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,”
“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!”
Aaron also chimed, saying:
“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.” One of the “most shocking and exciting changes ever” made in the Marvel universe, the female Thor is their eighth title to feature a lead female character.”
We can expect the sexier version of Thor to hit comic book stores this October.