Marvel Thor Woman close up

Yesterday there were tweets from the Marvel folks that a big announcement was going to be made on The View this morning. Word on the street was that it would be a new female superhero because you know, why else would they use The View as their messenger service. All women of the world watch The View, right? (I have never watched an episode of The View)

Well, the announcement came today. Thor is to become a woman. No, he doesn’t magically change into a woman. Evidently, a woman shall appear who possesses the strength to hold the hammer, Mjölnir, and she becomes Thor.

Yes, this is very intriguing. But, does this mean the Thor that we know and love know falls? Evidently, because The View also said that Thor is no longer worthy of holding the hammer. Also, isn’t Thor his birth name? It’s not a name that came with the hammer, right? Why is her name going to be Thor? What will Odin think? I’m confused.

Here’s the press release from Marvel to clear it up for you (and me) and some really cool art work:

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.

Marvel Thor Woman

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