Last night Marvel blew off socks during their Hall H panel at SDCC. With a plethora of announcements including new series, new films, and even an animated series, fans of the comic giant were in awe. One of the biggest shocks of the night came from the previously announced fourth Thor movie. First, the super rad title was announced, Thor: Love and Thunder. Second, Tessa Thompson confirmed Valkyrie to be the first LGBTA+ MCU character. Which is incredible. If all of that wasn’t enough for you, director Taika Waititi introduced someone special to the stage. Natalie Portman strolled in to Hall H, returning to the MCU as Jane Foster but with a twist. She would be taking over as The Mighty Thor.

Because the internet is…well…the internet, opinions are certainly mixed. However, one of the loudest supporters are female-identifying women. In the past couple years or so, Marvel has realized that a good chunk of their audience is female. So in order to bring representation to the table, they’ve been including more and more female characters into their live-action roster. Though for some, it still doesn’t seem like there’s enough.

Fast forward to last night, the announcement of Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir (like her storyline What If? and more recently Jason Aaron‘s run on The Mighty Thor) set off a firestorm of love, support, and maybe some minor meltdowns. Jane wouldn’t be a love interest anymore – she would actually be Thor! Fans would have yet another female superhero to watch kick all the butt. As a female comic book fan myself, it was great to be caught up in the whirlwind of excitement at yet another superheroine on screen. I certainly wasn’t alone in that. Some enthusiastic fans took to Twitter to express their joy at the new Goddess of Thunder and we wanted to share some of them. (Adult language ahead!)

We here at Geek Girl Authority are in total support of more female superheroes and are looking forward to more developments in diversity from comic books and comic book films.

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Erin Lynch