Move Over Chris Hemsworth, ‘Thor’ Is Now A Woman!

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Move over Chris Hemsworth, looks like your days as the Norse God of thunder are numbered. Marvel have just released the latest incarnation of Thor, and to the shock and surprise of us all, Thor is…a woman!

The basic story is that she followed the previous Thor down from Valhalla and was saved by him, and then took over his role and image to be the superhero.

Marvel decided to make the announcement on ‘The View’ and while it seems like a weird choice because the target audience of that show are exactly the opposite of the Marvel audience, there has been so much controversy surrounding the show lately that right now it was the best time and place to make the announcement with much fanfare!

“This is not She-Thor,” said series writer Jason Aaron in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe.” Aaron, who has also written for the Marvel Comics title Thor: God of Thunder, is working with artist Russell Dauterman (Cyclops) on the series, which will launch in October.

“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,” said 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.”

Whoa! So does this mean the movie franchise starring the aforementioned Chris Hemsworth will change accordingly? No word yet, but there are plenty of badass females who would be awesome in the role.

“No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name Thor,” Marvel Comics said. For us, we see this statement as less of a gender issue and more of a question of who is best suited for the job. This is not an issue just reserved for fantasy action heroes in comic books and films, but a legitimate conversation that happens all around the world in regard to women in the workforce.

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Sure the news of a female Thor is one that brings mixed reactions, but the more traditional male roles and institutions are willing to open to field to women who are just as capable, the less it will be about gender.

Now it becomes an issue of representation and how much more young girls can view themselves as “superheroes” because they too will have cultural icons to emulate.

“It gives girls something to look up to,” says ‘The View’ host Sherri Shepherd.

Marvel aren’t the only company to “remake” a popular character of theirs as female. Over in the UK, the BBC has done a huge overhaul of popular 1980s cartoons, including ‘Danger Mouse’ and decided to make some of the main characters female after recognizing the absence of the female gender in the original versions. The ‘Teletubbies’ will also be remade with more female characters.

“We felt that the redesign stayed truthful both to the essence of Danger Mouse as we knew and loved him, but also brought something new for the youth of today,” said CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor. “Characters that might have been male in the past will now be female characters.”

While we have no doubt that these decisions to change a huge aspect of such iconic characters, we are sure people will calm down and get used to it eventually, just like they got used to women voting, women being presidents and CEO’s. It’s an issue of representation and the more girls and boys are used to seeing an even amount of gender role models from a young age, the less likely it will be an affront or an offense to see a female Thor or Danger Mouse.

Bravo to Marvel and BBC for recognizing how important it is for girls to have cultural icons showing them that they too can be super and heroic just as much as any boys.

Take a look at what ‘The View’ hosts had to say about the important announcement from Marvel:


 

 

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  4. Captain Morgan Mooney says:

    This is awesome. One as straight woman I can safely say…the new Thor is hot! I want to be her!

    I work in a male dominated profession as a ferry boat captain. I am the third female captain in the company’s history, 70+ years, so it holds a lot of weight. The best part of it is that little girls get to see me running a boat, sometimes with an all female crew, across the bay and not one of the guys. Parents stop me and tell me that I am being a good role model. I find it funny because I just am being me, but parents are glad to show their daughters that if she can run a ferry so can their daughters one day. So if Thor is a chick more power to her. This may begin a new future for comic books or simply inspire a reader to take a swing at something she never thought to do before.

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