On this morning’s episode of The View, Marvel Comics released some big news. Popular comic book character Thor is being replaced by a female predecessor! It is still unclear as to whether character change will take place in an all new title, Thor: God of Thunder, or a different project.
The only thing we do know is that Thor will make a foolish mistake, and that will cause him to lose his hammer. He is no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir (his magical hammer), so he must pass it on to a female character. The identity of the new character is unknown. It is rumored that she is someone who Thor saved in the past, so she chooses to model her own identity as a superhero after him. She will even keep the name ‘Thor’ despite her gender.
More to come on this breaking story as details emerge!
Update: The new character is part of a brand new series simply titled Thor. Marvel’s “Thor #1” will debut in October, from the creative team Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.
Can you picture it? Superman and Thor throwing down in a one-on-one grudge match that levels half of Metropolis! The thought alone is making me giddy with excitement.
If there’s one thing in this world that I love, it’s getting together with some like-minded superhero enthusiasts over a nice plate of hot wings and talking about who would win in a fight between two superheroes. And this is one of my all-time favorite match ups!
In the red corner we have Marvel’s Asgardian God of Thunder, and in the blue corner we have DC’s iconic Man of Steel. Both of these guys are extremely powerful. They are two of the most powerful superheroes in their respective universes… so that makes this fight especially juicy!
I’m sure that most of you are pretty familiar with these two characters, but here’s a quick rundown. Thor is the son of Odin and the Asgardian God of Thunder. He has super strength, the ability to fly, and a mystical hammer named Mjolnir that can do a bunch of cool stuff including manipulate the weather. Oh, and Thor also has super-awesome long blonde hair that flows righteously while he’s kicking frost giant butt.
See what I mean about the hair?
Now let’s meet his opponent. Superman is a Kryptonian (alien) who gains amazing super-human abilities from the Earth’s yellow sun. All of his cells are super-charged with solar radiation. This gives him super strength, super speed, the ability to fly, super hearing, and a wide variety of different types of super vision. I’m probably leaving some stuff out, Supes has a lot of powers…
In terms of weaknesses, Thor’s main downfall is his arrogance. He’s constantly mucking things up by over-estimating his abilities and charging in to battle head first. Oh, Thor, when will you ever learn? You know Odin is going to give you another one of his disappointed looks. (To see a disappointed Odin, click here).
Superman, on the other hand, has more concrete weaknesses. For example, Kryptonite is a glowing green (and sometimes other colors) rock that Superman is especially vulnerable to. Kryptonite can take away Superman’s powers and cause him physical harm if it is close enough. Another lesser-known weakness for Superman is his vulnerability to magic. That doesn’t mean magic drains his powers like Kryptonite, it just means the Supes doesn’t have any special resilience to magical stuff. So attacks based in magic can be especially effective against Superman.
While it’s true that Superman has some clear weaknesses, I think most people would agree that he has the upper hand in this fight. He’s faster than Thor, he’s stronger than Thor, and he’s got more powers than Thor (i.e. heat vision, freeze breath, etc). This would not be an easy win for the Asgardian.
Still, it would be a close fight that could end up going either way. Cars would be tossed, buildings would be smashed to rubble, Thor would say “Have at thee!” at least six times… And in the end, one man would stand victorious.
The question is, which man would it be? I’ve been asking myself that question over and over for years now, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion. I’m giving my vote to the underdog, Thor.
It’s not the obvious choice and a lot of people will probably disagree with me, but let me explain why I think Thor would win. These two characters are in the same league when it comes to power. I agree that Superman is probably more powerful than Thor, but I don’t think that there is a huge discrepancy.
Also, Thor’s power is entirely derived from Asgardian magic. That plays right into one of Superman’s few vulnerabilities. I’m not saying that Thor’s powers would drain Superman’s abilities in any way, I just think that a blow from a mystical hammer like Mjolnir would pack an extra wallop.
I think Thor would come out on top, but that’s just my opinion. Let me know who you think would win in the comment section below. Like I said before, there’s nothing I love more that talking about hypothetical superhero fights with fellow comic book junkies!