ON JULY 15th Disney/Marvel announced a change to Thor, not by press release but rather by The View, an American chat show. You can View (ho ho) the video here.
Marvel.com has given a preview to the upcoming comic ‘Unworthy’. In ‘Unworthy’ Thor becomes unworthy to wield the hammer Mjolnir; the responsibility falls upon someone who is worthy who also happens to be female. The official art gives us a sneak peak at the new goddess as well as art by Esad Ribic showing Thor (the male one) with what appears to be a mechanical arm.
The press release issued by Marvel editor Wil Moss continues on to say:
“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!”
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. THOR will be the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that has long not been the target for super hero comic books in America: women and girls.
You can read the full release here.
During an interview, Moss has has stated: “We can’t give away all the story details now obviously, but once the story is out there, it becomes clear why there’s a new female Thor. It’s not about filling a certain quota. It’s about providing a shot in the arm to the Thor titles definitely, but it’s something that’s a natural part of where this story and the Thor title is going.”
He reassured fans of the current Thor by confirming he’ll still be around. “The male Thor — he’s still going to be around. He’s still a character.”
Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, also added: “She wields the hammer because Thor can’t. This is different because for reasons we can’t disclose quite yet, Thor is unable to pick up the hammer. There are a number of women in Thor’s life, and we’re going to tease out for quite awhile the identity of who this woman is. But one of the women in Thor’s life picks up the hammer. She is in fact worthy. And she becomes Thor”.
On the topic of negative feedback, Alonso said: “ We’re used to having a lot of feedback when we make an announcement like this, something that could be controversial. And we’re also used to the first wave of feedback being negative. I can say unequivocally that there’s no amount of negative feedback we could get right now out the gate that would stop us from publishing this story because we think it’s worth publishing. And that’s that.”
You can read the full interview here.
The fanbase has been spilt over the latest news. While many have welcomed the new change, responses from male and female fans have flooded the Marvel comments and twitter feeds showing their disapproval of the new Thor. Good or bad decision from Marvel, it should certainly make an interesting story.