/is-marvel-announcing-thor-3-tomorrow/Yesterday it was teased that Marvel would be making a huge announcement this morning on The View. It was speculated that it could be the official title release and date for Thor 3, as the news was touted as being 'explosive' and 'thundering'. Well, it was sort of on the right track. Marvel has revealed that a new female character will be taking over the Thor mantel in the comic books with a new series all her own.

How will this affect the movie franchise? That is yet to be known, but its possible that this new female Thor could get introduced in Thor 3, since the screenplay is just now being mapped out. Will a female Thor eventually take over Chris Hemsworth's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That's a very big possibility, as the actor is only contracted for 6 movies, which include the Thor trilogy and Marvel's The Avengers trilogy, both nearing their end.

With the comic book side of Marvel working closely with the theatrical at all times, a big screen female Thor certainly isn't out of the question. The question is: Who could play her?

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Here is the official press release from Marvel Comics:

Thor Female #1 photo

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, Thor, written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Original Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel's "big three" - Captain America, Iron Man and Thor - Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

Says Marvel editor Wil Moss,

"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. 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!"

Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes,

"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."

Thor is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female Thor is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

Thor Female Photo #2

That's certainly big news for the Marvel universe both cinematic and in print. What do you think of this development? Disappointed that you won't likely see Thor's new incarnation on the big screen until at least 2020? Maybe she'll be teased in the Thor 3 post-credit sequence? We can only hope!

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