Marvel Announces a New Thor
If you are a regular watcher of The View on ABC, then you saw an announcement today about the legendary Asgardian Thor. If you missed the show, here’s what you need to know: Whoopi Goldberg announced that Marvel has a new Thor and it will be a woman.
Here’s what Marvel sent out in their press release:
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.
Some amazing art by Russell Dauterman on this title and with Jason Aaron on board, I have high hopes that this book will appeal to long standing Thor fans and bring in some new ones too.
So comic announcements on The View? I don’t really want to be tuning in to that show for comic announcements on a regular basis. And I doubt I will, given that news of female protagonists taking on the mantle formerly held by male characters is a rare occasion indeed. I don’t see many more View-worthy announcements coming out in rapid fire. But I’m a pessimist by nature.