The breaking news around the comic world this morning revolved around an iconic superhero changing his sex. Well kind of. Marvel made a public announcement on the women's morning talk show "The View" revealing a new Thor to replace the existing Thor in a brand new series by writer Jason Aaron. The surprise however, was that the new Thor will be a woman.
Naturally fans of the Norse god reacted to the news with a wide array of emotions. Of course when it comes to changing their longstanding heroes, most of them were negative. With misleading headlines popping up left and right, fans were probably misinformed about the change of mantle.
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.
There’s only one Thor in the Marvel Universe. The character we know as Thor will not refer to himself as Thor anymore.
This is just a classic case of a different hero taking up the mantle of another hero. Once people get over the initial confusion of title change and analyze the story aspect of the change, there really shouldn't be as much backlash from the internet community.
We've seen many mantle changes from prominent heroes throughout comic history and some of them were passed from a man to a woman. More recently, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye gave his blessing to Kate Bishop to be his successor when he took on the role of Ronin.
The original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, passed on his mantle to Carol Danvers who after years serving as Ms. Marvel eventually became known as Captain Marvel.
Now Thor joins that rank as he passes on his name and Mjolnir to a successor. We've seen other big time heroes like Captain America and Batman pass on their cowls to successors so the prominence of the mantle should not be a big deal either.
Once again everything is okay in the Marvel universe as Thor will retain his man parts...just not his name.