Goddess of Thunder? Verily, I say UNTO SHE!

Thor is now a girl?

In a move that shakes up the Marvel Universe’s so-called “Big Three” (and sends sexy shockwaves through the cosplay community), it was announced this week that Thor’s mighty mallet needs a new inscription. “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” just won’t cut it anymore, because as of October a woman will wield Mjolnir. Fittingly, this news was broken on daytime girl power panel talk show The View.

Marvel editor Wil Moss swears up and down that this isn’t a gimmick, or the male Thor magically changing gender. As a result of unspecified events in the current Original Sin storyline, Odinson will be deemed “unworthy” and possibly even disfigured. The mantle will then be taken up by one of the ladies in Thor’s life, and so far the smart money is on his newly-revealed sister Angela.

What’s not clear yet is how this may impact the continuity of the Marvel film franchises. Will Chris Hemsworth sit the third Avengers movie out in favour of a female? We liked Joss Whedon’s intimation earlier this week that Starbuck herself, Katee Sackhoff would look good in chainmail. Dude has a little history writing strong women characters; why doubt him now?

Art by Esad Ribic

Mike McCann

Mike McCann is a lifelong geek with a deep and abiding passion for comic books, science fiction and all things pop culture. Why, yes - he IS an only child...how did you know? He's also a history major, a hockey and football fanatic and a music nerd of the highest order. In other words, you want him on your pub trivia team. Seven year old Mike once received a letter from DC Comics encouraging him to "keep drawing and maybe you'll work for us someday!" His grade school library published a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired book he wrote at 12, and he's never looked back. Since then, he has worked in creative or strategic roles at college radio stations and newspapers, record companies, music magazines, dens of Internet iniquity, budding media empires, global telecommunications outfits and software development consultancies, with each stop allowing him to turn his hobbies into a job. Call him the Vice President of (Arrested) Business Development. Mike lives in Toronto, Canada with his patient wife and their five year old, superhero-obsessed son. Among their prized possessions are a NM copy of X-Men #94, a replica of the Shakespeare bust from the Batman TV show and a Death Star cookie jar.

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