Meet Your New Female Thor!
In an announcement made on this morning’s episode of The View, Marvel Comics previewed artwork for the upcoming series to replace Thor: God of Thunder this fall, starring a presently unnamed heroine taking on the mantle of the Marvel Universe’s chief thunderer. What does that spell for our incumbent Thor? Details are a bit on the scant side, but read on for what to expect (and some old fashioned fan speculation)!
Helmed by Thor: God of Thunder scribe Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, Thor #1 will be hitting store shelves this October, kicking off the eponymous heroine’s exploits as the new bearer of Mjölnir. Make no mistake, she isn’t merely a female analogue to a male counterpart in the vein of She-Hulk, as Aaron emphatically stated in a press release: “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.”
According to The View’s panel of hosts, the woman beneath the winged helmet is someone who had been rescued by the original Thor in the past, now deemed worthy—for reasons yet to be revealed—of upholding her savior’s heroic obligations. Marvel editor Wil Moss said, “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. 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!”
There’s no word whether or not more light will be shed on the female Thor’s identity at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con, but we’re going to hazard a guess that based on the cryptic hints, Thor Girl may very well be the one bringing the godly thunder. Debuting in issue #22 of 2000’s second Thor volume, Thor Girl was aided by her namesake in battle against Thanos. Inspired by his valor, she fought as both Thor’s partner and a solo adventurer.
Will you be reading Thor this October?