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?