Announced on The View of all places (Comeon Marvel, what the hell?!) a new person will be taking up the hammer and mantle of the Mighty Thor. I’m sure you already know by now, and if not you can tell by the picture, but yes, the next Thor will be a woman. It’s not going to be She-Thor, or Ms. Thor, Thorina or Lady Thor, just Thor. She’ll take up the charge when the current Thor finds himself unworthy to carry Mjolnir any longer. There are a lot of questions, ideas, theories, and of course crying fanboys…and fangirls?! Yes, but first let’s talk about the important stuff.
For those that don’t follow Thor, the hammer, Mjolnir, is inscribed with the words, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” So, despite the generic use of the male pronoun, anyone who is worthy to lift the hammer gets Thor’s powers. Of course, this probably doesn’t mean that the woman who is going to pick up the burden is going to turn into the male thunder-god. But Thor is much more than a person. The character is an icon, a symbol, along with being a God. It’s very likely that the mystery woman will also retain her own name; I don’t expect to see her suddenly acting as if Thor just got a sex change, but to the world of the Marvel Universe she’ll be Thor. This also isn’t the first time it’s happened. Several have picked up the hammer; some for just a little while, and others for an extended period of time, some men and some women. Not all ‘became’ Thor, but one did, an alien by the name of Beta Ray Bill, who took up the hammer and became Thor for a time. If an alien that looks like a horse, not a man, and not even human, can do it, why not the lady who is about to?
Of course there’s been negative feed back. Everything from “Oh great, another female version of an already established male character”, to “Heh, look, another heroine with large breasts.” This coming from both men and women, and mostly on Twitter from what I’ve seen. Of course if anywhere is a cesspit for ignorant arguments, or childish rants it’s Twitter.
So what about the first? Well, why doesn’t Marvel make a new female character and put her in her own solo title? Well, new characters, male and female, historically do poorly in solo titles. Hells, even established characters do poorly. Comics are expensive, and no one wants to drop that much money on a character they don’t know on the off-chance that it might be a good book. New characters usually have to be introduced in other titles, which Marvel is doing with a new female character named Silk in the Spider-man titles. Then, if they are popular they get tried out in miniseries and the like. It often takes years for a new character to break out on their own and even then, even if they are popular, solo titles just don’t do that well anymore. And this isn’t just another ‘female version of an established male character’. She isn’t going to be running along side a male Thor. There isn’t going to be a shadow for her to stand in. She’s not the She-Thor to counter the testosterone of He-Thor. She’s just Thor, period.
As for the other comments that seem to be making the rounds, one Tweeter calling her ‘the God of Thunder-boobs’, comeon are we five? Oh my goodness, she’s a woman? And women have breasts? Where was I during anatomy class… Anyway, I’m not sure I see the problem, unless of course we are saying it’s only okay for male super heroes to wear skin tight clothing. It’s an armored breastplate for goodness sake, not spandex as we usual see. Should all our heroines dress in a big garbage bag and sweat suits so as not to offend the sensibilities of people? She’s the Goddess Thor, Asgardians wear armor, and armor is meant to be fitted to the body. Anyone that finds the image on the left offensive is reaching, to say the least. She’s not even showing any cleavage, and her chest isn’t ridiculously huge. She’s wearing more than most people wear out for a day of shopping when it’s hot out.
So, anyway, despite the negative reaction from some, the positive reaction looks good. We’re excited for it, it sounds like a very interesting take on the character. I’ve been following Thor’s tribulations in the Uncanny Avengers title, and this is a completely logical way to go. Stay tuned, this looks to be a great tale.