Marvel apparently announced (via The View, which…what?) that they are going to get Thor Odinson more in touch with his feminine side.
Or something to that nature anyway.
Pardon my language, but Marvel has confused the shit out of me with their discussion of this character and I can’t forgive them for being so completely vague about who this new character is:
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!”
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 Wrap
Is this Thor, as in Thor’s personality and back story…only she’s Odin’s daughter instead of son?
Did male Thor get turned into a girl because of some Loki-related shenanigans?
Is this a new character that is taking over from Thor, because he goofed up or died?
Who knows and Marvel’s writers and editors really aren’t trying too hard to clear this up for us. In the above quote two different people present two entirely different descriptions of what is going on with this series of comic books. Maybe they don’t even know what the plan is at this point.
In my opinion, it doesn’t really matter. Thor is part of a pantheon of gods that are so diverse and so full of strong female warriors (Freyja is the Goddess of war, battle, and death and there isn’t a single depiction of Valkyries that I can think of that doesn’t have them as bad-ass warrior bitches, and Scandinavian culture and mythology is full of tails of Shieldmaiden warriors) this doesn’t go against the culture that Thor is based on to have a female wielding a magical hammer and taking down her enemies with extreme prejudice.
Nor would it particularly perturb me to find that this is a whole magical genderbend thing going on either. It would not be the first time a character from the Marvel Thor universe *cough*Loki*cough* got stuck in the body of the wrong gender for a while and, again, it doesn’t exactly go against the mythology either. Thor was never a female in Norse mythology, but gender was a tricky thing in Asgard too. Loki turned himself into a female horse, got pregnant, and gave birth to a six legged horse that ended up being Odin’s new horse. So…yeah, the less said about that particular part of Norse mythology the better really, I guess.
As for the last option, it really wouldn’t be the first time that a character was replaced (or had a protege or sidekick succeed them) in the world of comic books. It’s happened in both DC and Marvel comic books, though I would say Marvel seems to do this sort of thing more often than DC.
I don’t believe that this means that Thor Odinson is gone for good. The world of comic books is too full of alternate universes, reboots, reincarnations, and resurrections for a character to just completely vanish.
Maybe Thor Odinsdotter* is Thor. Maybe she’s Thor’s protege. Maybe she’s Thor, turned into a woman.
Quite frankly, I don’t care which it is. It’s a new story, take it that way and enjoy watching the new story arc unfold. As far as I know this isn’t really political, it has nothing to do with gender fluidity or transgenderism or anything like that. It’s just a story that someone thought up and would like to put down on paper.
Enjoy it for what it is instead of turning it into something it’s not.
My only real annoyance with this is that this joke will no longer work with this character:
*there’s no proof that this is her name…I’m just following Scandinavian naming schemes.