Wondering why all the fan boys and fan girls are a-Twitter tonight? Wonder no more: Marvel comics announced that it will debut a retooled version of their Thor superhero series this October, and this time around the hammer-wielding God of Thunder will be portrayed as a woman.
Yes, the social networks lit up with the news about the sex swap, which is no surprise considering the character was portrayed on the big screen by buff and bearded Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth.
However, Marvel editor Wil Moss broke it down for the confused out there: “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!”;
We know it’s way too early to even imagine this comic gender bend on the big screen, but after mentioning the switch on last night’s show, ET Canada’s Twitter page was alight with suggestions that “Vikings”; star Katheryn Winnick would kick some serious butt as the goddess of thunder.
— Katheryn Winnick (@KatherynWinnick) July 16, 2014
ET Canada caught up with the “Vikings”; star at Comic-Con and got her reaction to the fans casting thoughts. “Awesome!,”; Winnick told Rick Campanelli. “I would love to, are you kidding me? I would absolutely love to play her, so yea, let’s do it!”;
Now Winnick wasn’t the only one who opened up about the gender bending swap. Current hammer holder, Chris Hemsworth, shared his take on Thor becoing a woman. “It’s great, yeah. Fantastic! There’s too much testosterone in the superhero world right now, so let’s make Thor a woman, why not?”; he says. “I could even take it on, it could be my most challenging role yet. Could be my Oscar…”;
Other notable mentions, although Winnick may be the natural choice in our eyes, are Gwendoline Christie from “Game of Thrones”; and “Star Wars: Episode VII”; and “Dracula Untold”; star Sarah Gadon.
Now soundoff! Which female actress do you think could hammer it out on the big screen as Thor?
And watch Winnick’s response to the casting suggestion below!