Thor is one of Marvel Universe’s oldest comic book characters, and one of my personal favorites (comic and movie). However, the cost to wield the mighty Mjolnir is high, and the Uru Hammer only picks the worthiest of vessels. For a long time now, that has been the buff, blonde-haired male version of Thor:
However, the comic will be launching a new story line written by Jason Aaron. In Aaron’s story, the Thor we all know will be deemed unworthy to meet the requirements etched on the Mjolnir. Instead, a woman will be chosen as worthy to wield the hammer and go by the name Thor. So I guess it is time to make a bit of an edit to the Mjolnir’s inscription, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall posses the power of Thor.” This is the picture circulating of the new, female Thor. This is from the Thor #1 cover by Esad Ribic :
Aaron and Marvel have all been really quick to point out that this is, in now way, She-Thor or Lady Thor. Instead, this is simply a new chapter in the Thor story. This new Thor is 100% the Thor of the Marvel Universe, simply portrayed like we’ve never seen before (see Marvel’s entire press release here). Marvel already has a very impressive lineup of female superheroes in Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Elektra, She-Hulk, and the upcoming Storm series. However, this is a pretty big deal that the Thor we’ve all known for so long is going to be dethroned and have his place taken over by a woman.
I’m pretty excited about it, and you can bet that I’ll be at my comic book store to pick up a copy when it releases in October. I really love Marvel’s commitment to producing awesome female characters, and I hope this trend translates to their movies (still crossing my fingers for a Black Widow movie). Still, I am really hoping that this move isn’t too “gimmicky”. Thor is great as guy-Thor, and even though it will be interesting to see Aaron’s new “Female Thor” arc, I don’t want it to feel like cheap pandering to female comic book readers.
The other thing is, the Thor comic series also has some great existing female characters. Sif, for example:
Again, I’m really proud of Marvel for continuing to include and feature women in their superhero universe, and I’m excited for this new take on Thor. It is odd that they are making Thor a woman rather than shining the spotlight one of their awesome, existing female characters, but I think this could be a very interesting new dynamic in the Marvel Universe. I just hope that Aaron creates a compelling story line instead of making it the awkward comic book version of a guy shouting, “Girl power!”
The other thing that has me scratching my head is the fact that Thor seems to be more of a title rather than an individual’s name, which might point to the fact that I just need to catch up on my Thor-reading. I don’t get why this woman will not only have the power of Thor, but also now have Thor’s name. Anyway…
Ultimately, I can speculate about this until I’m blue in the face, but I won’t know anything until October. I’m excited to see how the Superhero Formerly Known as Thor will lose his powers to the New Thor, and I’m excited to see how one of my favorite superheroes evolves with this exciting new plot twist. I’m really rooting for Jason Aaron, and I hope he does something truly exciting and compelling with this change.
What do you think of Marvel’s decision to make Thor a woman, and of their selection of Jason Aaron as writer? Will you be buying a copy in October, or is this too weird for you? Let me know what you think in the comments!