No, your eyes do not deceive you and thankfully this is no joke — Marvel has given an upgrade to one of its biggest superheroes. And by that we mean: there's a new superlady in town and she's wielding the hammer of Thor!
As announced on "The View," and confirmed by Marvel, a new comic written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman will launch ongoing this Fall, after the original God of Thunder loses the ability to wield his signature hammer.
Thor doesn't just look like a lady with those long and luscious Norse locks of his — Thor IS a lady now and there's no turning back.
"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 it's unlike any Thor we've ever seen before," Aaron explained via press release. And, well, they're certainly right about that:
Look at her! She's strong! She's fierce! Her costume looks like something a female superhero could actually wear and logistically fight in without a bevy of nip slips and crackidents! This is a good, good day for us all, folks — and surely a relief for our new Thor.
In October, the rise of this new God of Thunder will take place, bucking the inscription on Thor's mighty hammer, Mjölnir that 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.'
Finally doing right by the thousands of women and girls that read comic books but have been largely underserved in the representation of female strength and superherodom compared to their male counterparts, editor Wil Moss explained away any possibilities that this is but a temporary bit of story-twisting: "[T]his new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"
So if the editors believe this new mystery woman is more than worthy of the title, effectively marking the biggest change to ever happen to the Marvel "big three" (a.k.a. their main superheroes, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor), it's got to be good, right?
Obviously the move is sure to be a divisive one amongst those fans who, say, aren't too keen on their heroes being female, or just generally hate change of any kind. But it's also sort of great, and the sort of gamechanger — akin to the race switch in the latest Spider-Man iteration — that needs to take place in order to keep stories fresh and moving forward.
Though that's not to say that the move is not without a boatload of questions, regardless of your opinion on her gender. For instance, who is this woman? Where did she come from? Have we seen her before in the Marvel Universe? And was she, too, born on Asgard?
What do you think of the new Thor?