Axel Alonso Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Explains Thor Replacement
What Happens When Marvel Decides To Throw The Hammer Down On Everything We’ve Ever Known About Thor? – Marvel Writers Explain.
In case you haven’t heard, Marvel announced today on The View, that Thor you remember him, God of Thunder played by Chris Hemsworth the successful box office hit.– Thor will now be a woman?! Yes you read that right. Thor is now having a transgender…er…gender change. Still confused? – We’ve got many questions ourselves and Time asked Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief along with comic editor Wil Moss five of our top burning questions to help us understand.
1. Does more female heroes mean we should fear our male heroes being replaced?
Has Marvel seemed to have missed the point, more female superheroes does not mean replacing what you already have but Marvel Comics editor Wil Moss tries to explain, “We can’t give away all the story details now obviously, but once the story is out there, it becomes clear why there’s a new female Thor. It’s not about filling a certain quota. It’s about providing a shot in the arm to the Thor titles definitely, but it’s something that’s a natural part of where this story and the Thor title is going.”
2. Is this some kind of Marvel Universe jedi mind trick?!
Seriously, we thought this could just be a case of another Loki illusion happening? Flashback to Thor: The Dark World where Loki takes on the appearance of his dad Odin and finally our last grasp for an explanation came down to it being, Marvel universe has been known to bring strange oddities before. Yet it just didn’t seem that satisfying an answer but Moss shared that we might be on to something he mentions, “There have been occasional alternate universe stories where there have been female Thors. And there have been occasional stories where a female has picked up the hammer; like there’s an X-Men story where Storm picked up the hammer. But there’s never been a female Thor.”
So if you’ve somehow managed to wrap your head around the idea there has been other females who have picked up the hammer, what could possibly put Thor in a position where he’s no longer the man behind the hammer? Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief teases, “She is in fact worthy. And she becomes Thor.”
Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief: She wields the hammer because Thor can’t. This is different because for reasons we can’t disclose quite yet, Thor is unable to pick up the hammer. There are a number of women in Thor’s life, and we’re going to tease out for quite awhile the identity of who this woman is. But one of the women in Thor’s life picks up the hammer. She is in fact worthy. And she becomes Thor.
There’s only one Thor in the Marvel Universe. The character we know as Thor will not refer to himself as Thor anymore.
3. What the f*ck happens to Thor?
When you read an answer like, “The character we know as Thor will not refer to himself as Thor anymore.” – It blows you’re ever freakin’ mind. Discussing with our TAD Says (Teens After Dark) Senior Editor Remington’s logical question on, “How do you even go about making a name change? – Thor Odinson is his name. How can you take a female character and call her Thor? – You can call her the Goddess of Thunder but to call her Thor?” – We’re in a world wind of a Marvel Universe mind-fuck that’s what. If you’ve again managed to understand Thor is a woman, I’m pretty sure you’re going down the list mentally on which female character on Thor’s life will know be Thor. – Sif might be the first deserving person that comes to mind but she may be too obvious to be the one. But the most important questions fans want to know is, what happens to the male Thor?
Alonso: There really is this one Thor for an extended period of time for which we have no real exit plan.
Moss: The male Thor—he’s still going to be around. He’s still a character.
Aaron: I’ve been writing Thor: God of Thunder for about 25 issues now. This is in some ways a continuation of everything that I’ve been doing on that. We’re not throwing out everything that’s come before.
4. Accepting the fact Thor is a woman and why.
As there’s an outpouring of relief on those words Jason Aaron, writer of the Thor series also mentioned that though Thor has been the one to be keeper of the hammer, one other person ever has been able to do so.
If you’re a long-time Thor fan you know there’s kind of a tradition from time to time of somebody else picking up that hammer. Beta Ray Bill was a horse-faced alien guy who picked up the hammer. At one point Thor was a frog. So I think if we can accept Thor as a frog and a horse-faced alien, we should be able to accept a woman being able to pick up that hammer and wield it for a while, which surprisingly we’ve never really seen before.
So with that particular fact in place getting back to more female superheroes means what exactly? Alonso shares, “Yes, we absolutely are. We see fans of all shapes and sizes and genders in comic stores and at conventions. And we perceived there to be a real thirst for characters that reflect what we see in the mirror. From Miles Morales, the African-American Spider-Man, to the new female Thor, our goal is to make our characters reflect the outside world.” He continues, “Right now we have eight titles that are anchored by female leads where it’s that character’s name on the masthead. We’re definitely committed to growing that audience.”
5. What does this mean for Thor’s movie franchise and a shirtless Hemsworth on our screens?
It’s almost a sad day upon hearing this news, it seems that our drooling and movie obsession for Thor’s Chris Hemsworth may have seen its glory days. Marvel studios has signed Hemsworth on for three Thor movies so what does it really all mean? It’s not the answer we’re looking for but Aaron firmly states pertaining to the comic edition, “This will have long-term effects on the title. This isn’t something that’s just going to last for a few issues. She is Thor. She will carry that hammer in her own books and the other books as well. So for the foreseeable future this is Thor.”
Oh. My. God! *dead* Every time we see or hear the words “She is Thor.”