Thor: Ragnarok is set to expand the land of the nine realms in huge ways this month, with its inclusion of Thor-staples like Hela, Valkyrie, Surtur and Skurge to name just a few. In the comics, Thor’s crazy world has already been broadened to almost no end with characters like the Spawn-character Angela (one of the rare instances where a character from a competing publisher makes it the Marvel mythos) appearing in the God of Thunder’s series. One of the huge changes recently in the comics is the status-quo defining inclusion of a female Thor. The character – who was later revealed to be Jane Foster – has proven to be a huge hit with readers and press, eliciting fans like Erik Davis from Fandango to ask Kevin Feige about the character possibly appearing in the MCU down the line.
We always look back to the comics to get those ideas … sometimes very specific story lines like “Civil War,” sometimes just nuggets or characters like “Planet Hulk. So anything that’s happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potentials and the ideas from which future movies can be born.
Kevin Feige wasn’t the only one to tease the prospect of a female Thor this week. Karl Urban, who plays Skurge in Ragnarok, spoke to Monkeys Fighting Robots and shared very similar thoughts.
I think it’s time. I think it’s well overdue, absolutely. I’d like to see that movie, why not.
The end of Phase 3 has been professed to bring about tremendous changes all over the MCU. Whatever that ends up truly meaning for the MCU moving forward, we can probably assume that it’ll open the doors to changes as huge as introducing a female Thor into the fold. The source material has got the goods locked down so it’ll be a matter of Feige just signing off on it. My only issue with this is that I’m hesitant of the Natalie Portman version of Jane Foster wielding the hammer. Now if it was Tessa Thompson‘s Valkyrie who would be wielding the hammer, then sign me up for that!