The Marvel comic universe is about to shake up things once again as couple of its central characters are undergoing major changes. Thor, the champion of Midgard, the wielder of Mjolnir and the mystical weapon that only the most worthy of individuals can lift, is changing gender. Yes, you heard it right. "The God of Thunder" is going to be reincarnated as a female character and the first superhero Captain America, is going to be depicted as an African American.
Whoopi Goldberg made the exclusive announcement live on "The View" revealing that "for the first time in history, that hammer (Mjoinir) is being held by a woman" amidst exploding applause from the audience.
Thor projects a healthier body image than most comic book women superheroes, Goldberg told her co-anchors Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. She suggested that she is intended to play the role when hammer is down, while Pamela Anderson would play Thor with the hammer.
It would add another interesting twist to the comic if she were right though, because Thor would be, "white woman in a fight; black woman to make a living".
Marvel's revolutionary decision has been met with extremely positive response by Girls Inc. It is a movement that started in New England during the Industrial Revolution. It develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.
— Girls Inc. (@girls_inc) July 25, 2014
The all-new "THOR #1" by continuing writer Jason Aaron and new artist Russell Dauterman of "Cyclops" fame will debut this fall. This change may seem shocking to the fans but Marvel promises that this has been in the Asgardian cards ever since "Thor: The God of Thunder" in 2012 was launched.
"I've known since I first took over the series that I wanted to eventually have someone else pick up the hammer," says the writer.
"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," says Marvel editor Wil Moss. "The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters... And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"
During the "Avengers" panel at Comic Con, Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in the Marvel movies so far, was asked what else he would want to do with Thor and the 30 year old joked that he could win an Oscar playing Thor as a woman in future films.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) July 27, 2014
Catching up with Marvel executive Kevin Feige at the Comic Con, CineMovie asked him about when audiences can actually see the female Thor and black Captain America in action on the big screen. He was quite evasive and said that it would not be any time soon and may still be a couple movies away.
The decision was received with mixed reaction by the fans and there was a backlash along with some positive and witty feedback.
"Disney owns marvel. Marvel owns Thor. Thor is the son of a king. Thor is now female. Thor is now a Disney princess."
— Superhero Report (@SuperheroReport) July 19, 2014
If you guys are pissed off now just wait 'til female Thor and black Cap hook up and their interracial lesbian daughter becomes Spider-Man.
— Matt Wallace (@MattFnWallace) July 18, 2014