Thor is now a woman in newest Marvel comic
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Jul 15, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Thor is now a woman in newest Marvel comic

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR”

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Comic book fans were thunderstruck Tuesday when Marvel Comics announced its popular superhero Thor would be replaced with a female hero.

Based on Norse mythology, the Thunder God wields the hammer Mjolnir and is a member of the all-star team the Avengers. But Marvel says the title of Thor will be taken up by a woman in a new comic series launching 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 in a statement.

“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!” Moss said.

The character, who made his first appearance in 1962, was portrayed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the first two Thor films and 2012’s The Avengers.

According to Marvel, the classic male Thor is no longer able to wield Mjolnir, which is why a female Thor must step up to take his place.

“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,” said writer Jason Aaron, who will be penning the brand new series, called THOR.

Other questions, such as who the woman is or how she will fit into the comic book universe, remain unanswered. The comic books’ art will be done by Russell Dauterman.

Marvel says the new series is its eighth title featuring a lead female protagonist, and directly appeals to women and girl readers.

The decision received mixed reviews on social media and Marvel’s website.

“Needless to say, I won’t be reading this. This is ridiculous, vastly unappealing, and uncalled for, ruining a beloved character and — indeed — a LEGEND such as Thor is, by putting a woman in as a substitute,” complained one commentator.

“If something is not broken, DO NOT fix it. With all this changes I’m starting to suppose that you’re not so able to create a new characters with such a punch as Thor or Ironman have and you must recycle your good characters just to sell a little bit more,” wrote another.

Ryan Penagos, Marvel’s executive editorial director for digital media, fired back at the critics on Twitter, explaining to fans that the mystery surrounding why the previous Thor became unworthy to wield the hammer would be explained in time.

“I genuinely believe in this story and know it’s gonna be rad. I know nerd rage is a thing, but still,” he tweeted, brushing off online criticisms.

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