OK, so the source on this is downright bizarre, but according to the shrill mouthpieces at The View (via Bam! Smack! Pow!), Marvel Comics is planning a radical new change in their run of the Thor comic book. The story — which is rather scant when it comes to real details — is that the god of thunder as we know him will be once again found unworthy, and a woman shall be chosen to take his place.
A couple of things that make this interesting, beyond the obvious. For those who don’t know, the character of Thor is more than just the god of thunder as we know him, but rather, sometimes he’s… a mantle, of sorts. It all depends on his “worthiness”, which is why in the first movie, he’s sent to earth without powers to find himself. This isn’t the first time it’s happened in the comics, and the power of Thor has been transferred to someone else at other times as well — that’s how we ended up with characters like Beta Ray Bill and, more recently, Thunderstrike — two characters (one an alien, the other a human who started out as a simple architect). Both of them were found to be worthy of wielding Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer, and eventually they would become Thor (and eventually take on names of their own).
What makes this one interesting is that there is apparently no plan for the woman — whose name we don’t know yet — to have a different superhero name. She will be Thor — not Thorina or, god forbid, something like the rather ridiculously named Thor Girl (who, yes, is actually a character). I kind of like that. It’s the first time a woman has held the power of Thor in history (not counting an old What If? comic where Jane Foster became Thor).
Will this impact the cinematic universe? Unlikely. Will it be permanent within the comic book continuum? Don’t know, but I would guess that to be unlikely as well. I kind of wish it would, though. Either way, it will be… interesting.
Here is the concept art (via Joanna):
And the perfect casting suggestion: