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Gender-bending Marvel announcement: Thor's gone femme fatale

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Rarely do I get news that really turns my head when I'm reading my email, but Marvel has a plot twist: Thor's really for an all new era. He becomes a she, but how isn't clear.

That's truly gender bending news. The God of Thunder will be in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).

According to the press release:

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 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!”

Is this a sex change? Is this shape-shifting? Is this thought transference? We'll have to wait until October to find out. The gender may change, but not the name and that should cause confusion.

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.”

The press release continues:

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.

Marvel doesn't only want a new era Thor, but also wants to use a new and easy to understand word instead of a seldom used word like "gynocentric." Yet why not create a new character to balance out the androcentric world of Marvel? Can we say that Thor has thunder thighs? Will she be femme fatale and will she have a Steve Trevor? Or is this a Loki disguise?

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