Marvel Announces a New Female THOR Set to Take the Lead in the Comics Starting This Fall

     July 15, 2014


Marvel Comics told fans to expect a big announcement on today’s installment of The View and boy, did they deliver.   That news of course being that the title of Thor, starting this fall, will be filled by a woman in the Thor comics.  Now this isn’t to say that our old God of Thunder is completely out of the picture, but rather that someone else will now wield his power and hammer, Mjolnir; she just so happens to be a female.  Hit the jump for a breakdown of the announcement as well as a look into who else has held the hammer in the past.

female-thor-comicsWhoopi Goldberg first dropped the news today with the following statement:

“It’s a huge day in the Marvel Universe. Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”

Yes, for the foreseeable future (which in comic book time is usually measured by when the next movie will hit the cinemas—see Peter Parker’s recent return), Mjolnir will be held by this mysterious woman.  She’ll make her debut as the titular character of the relaunched, Thor series, hitting this October with a brand new #1 issue, written by Jason Aaron and with artwork from Russell Dauterman.  Aaron, current writer for Marvel’s Thor: God of Thunder, contributed with this to say:

“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,”

As for “He” Thor, for a reason as yet to be revealed, the Odinson now finds himself unable to wield his hammer and will go by “Unworthy” Thor, moving forward.  He won’t be unarmed, however, as he’ll now be sporting the weapon he had used previously to Mjolnir, a giant axe called “Jarnbjorn”.  Don’t even ask me how to pronounce that one (yarn-b-yorn?).  The mystery of why this happened and where “He” Thor goes from here will surely be revealed in the coming months.

thor-femaleFor those wondering, this is not the first—and most likely will not be the last—time that Thor’s hammer has been held by another.  The first person to do this was the alien warrior, who happens to look like a horse, named Beta Ray Bill. He eventually got a hammer of his own, Stormbreaker, and still patrols the stars.  There was even a time when the hammer was wielded by a frog, that was in fact Thor who had been cursed by Loki and placed into the body of an amphibian though Throg was certainly a story to remember.

Actually, this new female Thor isn’t the first woman to wield the hammer.  That honor goes to Wonder Woman!  Yes, during a crossover between Marvel Comic and DC comics (appropriately named Marvel Vs. DC), Wonder Woman picked up the hammer and gained the power of Thor for most of the series, as she found herself worthy enough to do so.  Coincidentally, in a later series entitled JLA/Avengers, Superman did the same.  There was even a time during the 80’s/90’s where Thor’s hammer belonged to a regular schlub named Eric Masterson, who would eventually become Thunderstrike.

I’m one of the biggest Thor fans you’ll meet, and I think this will be a great change for the character and will lead to some great storytelling.  Will also keep my ear to the ground on the “Death of Wolverine” and “Brand New Captain America” that are hitting the scene.  Oh you didn’t hear about those?  Read your comics, kids!


  • Strong Enough

    No! I wanted Kevin Feige to be the next Thor! damnit

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  • Vulcan

    Thank you for reporting the whole story. Most sites were making it out to be that Thor was getting a sex change. On LGBT site was saying he would be the first trans-gender super hero, and then took down the article when they found out the truth.

    • Jason Reichow

      I was kinda hoping that this was going to be the real Thor as a woman. Loki has changed sexes before both in the comics and in mythology so it wouldn’t be too out there.

    • DEADP00L


      Please tell me you took a screen capture!

    • jocab_w

      Journalism at work, ladies and gentlemen!

  • agent777

    Yeah? In 20 issues it will just switch back. Just another hackneyed ploy to drum up readership.

  • DEADP00L

    I had tits once too… and a pony tail…

    It was interesting…

    • DEADP00L

      WE HAD FUN!

      • DEADP00L

        Oh yes…yes we did.

  • jocab_w

    I love Aaron’s current run on Thor. This sounds like it could be a fun storyline to explore. I’ll give it a shot.

  • RedMercury

    So…Chris Hemsworth’s contract ends…when? I assume after Thor 3/Avengers 3?

    Maybe Jamie Alexander (Sif) will wield the hammer next?

    • verasgunn

      I’m not sure that would work in the MCU. In the Comics Thor essentially inhabits a human body through Mjolnir, usually a man by the name of Donald Blake, this is not the case in the MCU where Thor is simply Thor.

      • Balls balls balls balls STEEEL

        No, Thor is Thor. Odin punished him by removing his powers and sending him to Earth in the Donald Blake guise, but they were still two separate beings. Separated permanently later on.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Hmm. This on the heels of Hemsworth’s investigating sex change operations. That’s pretty telling.

  • Wiki Marvel

    Actually Jane Foster wielded the hammer along time ago and becomes Thordis the first version of a female Thor but she is from earth 788.

  • James

    I read your comment about “Beta Ray Bill” and thought – That seems truly absurd, I gotta look that up. A google image search revealed that comic books are even weirder than I had previously thought – please do not ever make a ‘Horse-Thor’ movie.

    Lady Thor on the other hand looks like a total badass! Sounds like a great story arc with the hammers allegiance changing – I’ll be checking this out for sure!

    • Vulcan

      Beta Ray Bill is awesome. There is a rumor that he or one of his species has a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    • Guest

      You probably don’t even read comics

  • kemo

    What I’m curious about is, since this is certainly a PC feminist move, will the villains be mostly male or will they be mostly female? When Thor was a man, the villains are mostly male. If things are are to even out as the creators see fit, should they not be mostly female?

  • LEM

    I look forward to all the new hot cosplay pics.

  • milo

    I love Joss Whedon’s response on twitter, posting a picture of the female Starbuck.

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