In superhero gender bend, Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:06pm EDT

1 of 2. The female version of the Marvel comic book superhero character Thor is shown in this publicity image released to Reuters on July 15, 2014, courtesy of Marvel Comics.

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(Reuters) - Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on the Norse hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics said on Tuesday.

The publisher said the female Thor is an effort to bring new readers and to appeal to women and girls, whom Marvel said have long been ignored in comics.

It will be the biggest change to its three largest comic characters, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, according to Marvel.

"This is not She-Thor," Jason Aaron, the writer of the new "Thor" series, said in a statement. "This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor."

The new series will debut in October and be illustrated by Russell Dauterman.

"Thor," which was created by comic book writer Stan Lee, has also been the subject of two blockbuster films. The movies, which have grossed $1.1 billion at the global box office, star Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Dan Grebler)

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I’ve been reading Marvel comics since I was a kid and I’m a big fan of their movies. That said, this has got to be one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard.

Thor is a man in Norse mythology and a man in 40 years of comics.

A better idea would be to create a unique new female character.

Jul 15, 2014 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PiRobot668 wrote:
But Thor is/was a man/woman/horse/eagle/snake/fire-storm in legend!
Gender-change by thought alone, shape-shift into animals and even ideas/feelings!
Thor in human form is the tacky part!

Jul 15, 2014 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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