THOR IS A LADY!
Sorry, just preempting the trolls. It’s true — the mantle of Thor will be taken over by a woman, now that the man himself has been deemed unfit to wield the powers of Mjolnir! Announced on The View (real question: are there many comic readers watching The View these days? Thoughts?) today, Whoopi Goldberg made sure to shut down any “Thorette” nonsense and series writer Jason Aaron says the same:
“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 Internet response seems to muddled, with the obvious “THAT’S NOT THOR THOR IS A DUDE” backlash from the comics gatekeepers, and confused-to-generally-positive from everyone else. The worst of the Internet critique labels this move as “desperate” on Marvel’s part, a blatant attempt to assert themselves as progressive. Whether or not that’s the motivation, this opens up the potential for a female Thor in the Marvel movie universe, which is huge. Look, it’s not new female characters, and it’s not more female creators, but like the new Batgirl costume last week, it’s positive movement from the Big Two and it should be encouraged.
Marvel has not revealed the name of the new Thor yet (someone spoiled it to me already, but I’ll withhold that info here), and has not set a date for when the trans-THOR-mation will take place. Eh? See what I did there?
Okay, I’m done now.