On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” Marvel revealed a bombshell: Its new “Thor” series will star not a male god of Thunder, but a female one. Not a Thor sidekick. Not a simply a gender-swapped Thor-ess or Lady Thor. Just “Thor,” a woman worthy of wielding the hammer in her own right.
The announcement comes on the heels of encouraging efforts by major comic book brands to put female characters in the spotlight this year. Marvel debuted “Captain Marvel” earlier this year, a series following the adventures of former Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, “Ms. Marvel,” starring Muslim-American teenager Kamala Khan . . . the badass “Black Widow“ and “She-Hulk,” among others.
By creating quality comics of powerful female superheroes, the comic book world is opening up to a new audience of women and girls as well as giving already hooked fans more of the powerful women they’ve come to know and love.