Marvel Comics recently announced that it is relaunching the character of Thor as a woman.
Whoopi Goldberg made the announcement this week on "The View," notes the Nerdist (video below).
Comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the male Thor character back in 1962. The character has been featured in two Thor films and played by Chris Hemsworth.
According Marvel.com, a female named Mjolnir will be worthy of holding Thor's mighty hammer and his name.
“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,” Marvel editor Wil Moss stated. “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!”
“This is not She-Thor," Thor comic writer Jason Aaron added. "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.”
In more comic news, 20th Century Fox is going to reboot Marvel's superteam "The Fantastic Four" in a new movie, but it may not be based on the comic book.
According to ScreenRant.com, actress Kate Mara, who is playing Invisible Woman, told Esquire Latinoamerica:
I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.
I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others. I understand that there are many fans of Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that. We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible.