“Thor,” written by Jason Aaron (“Thor: God of Thunder”), with art by Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops”), will be published in October.
“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,” Marvel Comics said in making the announcement. See first image below.
“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,” said 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.”
The female Thor is the eighth title to feature a lead female protagonist and is aimed at women and girls whom comicbook publishers are not actively courting.
Marvel teased the new title and gender reveal of its hammer-wielding hero on Monday with a tweet:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 14, 2014
“This is not She-Thor,” Aaron said. “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.”
Joss Whedon, who directed Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god in “The Avengers” and now in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” chimed in with his own tweet after the announcement.