Thor and Captain America have starred in their own comic books for decades, and both have made the jump to the big screen in recent years—in their own movies and in 2012’s The Avengers, the third-biggest moneymaking film of all time. Now the two superheroes are about to get a major new look—and it’s not just their costumes that are changing. Marvel Comics, the company that publishes the characters, announced in July that Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder, is being replaced by a woman. Captain America, the blond-haired and blue-eyed Steve Rogers, is turning his red-white-and-blue uniform over to an African-American man.
The Goddess of Thunder
Thor, introduced in 1962 in Journey Into Mystery #83, is one of Marvel’s most powerful superheroes. Much of his strength comes from his magical hammer, given to him by his father Odin—but to hold the hammer and possess its power, Thor must be worthy of it.
Marvel has not yet revealed the identity of the new female thunder god, or the reason that the original Thor is losing his job. In a statement, Marvel editor Will Moss said, “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.” According to Moss, the female Thor “isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Captain America Takes Flight
While the new Thor remains unknown, the new Captain America is a familiar face to comic-book readers. Sam Wilson, also known as The Falcon—and a frequent partner of the original Captain America—will take over as the “star-spangled Avenger.” Wilson first appeared in 1969 in Captain America #117. Original Cap Steve Rogers, who first appeared in 1941 in Captain America Comics #1, is no longer able to carry on in the role after a recent storyline aged him rapidly and took away his super-strength. Rogers will serve as a mentor to his replacement.
“Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America, so he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic adviser,” said Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master.”
Wilson will take on the role in Captain America #25, which will be published in September. The female Thor will star in an all-new Thor series that begins in October.