If parents are looking for more superheroes young girls can relate to, then Marvel’s recent announcement that the traditional male “Thor” character will now appear as female in the newest series may make some of us happy. Though some have voiced discontent with the gender-swapping character, still others more ready to see the change have a hard time with the masculine sounding name, “Thor.”
The current Thor writer, Jason Aaron, is quoted in Hollywood Reporter attempting to set the record straight about the intentions of the new character’s name. If you thought they might go for something like “Thorella” then you are definitely mistaken. Aaron says, “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 for those that are uncomfortable with a female Thor, Graeme McMillan of Hollywood Reporter points out that swapping genders has become something of a tradition in the Marvel Universe. From She-Hulk to Spiderwoman we have seen this type of thing before. Whether or not a female Thor will be a success is up to the fans, but if you’re ready to see an extra female superhero don the pages of your next comic book then Marvel’s Thor may be your best bet.
What do you think of Marvel’s Thor character swapping genders?
Would you be interested in seeing more female heroes portrayed in movies and comic books?