If THEY Be Worthy – Thor’s Hammer Now Gender Neutral
It is, possibly, the most important Thor moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); Odin strips his “greedy, cruel” son of his powers. Then he throws Mjolnir — Thor’s Hammer — into the Byfrost.
Odin’s action changes Thor’s destiny for the better.
However, notice that Odin utters, “…if HE be worthy.”
If THEY Be Worthy
Well, Marvel has corrected that, quite possibly changing Marvel’s destiny for the better.
Long story short, the recent “War of the Realms” comic book event recently concluded with Thor making a new hammer where it is revealed Marvel Comics changed the wording on Mjolnir to make it gender neutral.
The previous description on Thor’s original hammer stated: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Marvel Comics changed it to now say: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Although the author of that particular piece may not agree, I think this is Excellent; a great progression for the comic and Thor’s hammer.
And, while we’ve previously had women wield Mjolnir, now we know anyone — if they be worthy — may lift achieve the power of Thor.
Furthermore, that inclusivity seems to be something that Disney/Marvel are actively looking to augment.
All Walks of Life
The battle for gender equality will continue to rage on no matter what a comic book page says. But that doesn’t mean pop culture juggernaut Marvel won’t do its best at the front lines to include all walks of life…
This effort coincides with several recent requests to make the superhero and entertainment worlds more inclusive. For example, Victoria Alonso, EVP of Production at Marvel, stated a few weeks ago that the name “X-Men” is “outdated,” and should represent the several female heroes in the group.
Whether or not that change will be adapted has yet to be seen. But while the idea sounds promising on paper, many comic book fans may find tradition to be a more worthwhile cause. And the same can be said about this change to Mjolnir.
While the comics have adapted, we’ve yet to see if the MCU will do the same thing. If they do, we probably won’t find out until at least Guardians of the Galaxy 3, where Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder’s most likely to make his next big screen appearance.
And as WGTC mentioned, how cool would it be to see Captain Marvel or Scarlett Witch take up the hammer?
But what do you think of this change? Let us know in the comments.