It's official: Thor will lose his powers and a female character will take up the role as God of Thunder in the comics. Though the announcement was just made, many people are wondering who should play Thor should they decide to bring the female version to the big screen. Even though this change in the comics is unlikely to affect the films anytime soon, picking an actress to play the female Thor can still be quite fun. Well, strap yourselves in, because we're about to see what the fans think. Who is worthy of replacing the great Chris Hemmsworth should his character leave the franchise?
Jennifer Lawrence vs. Jennifer Garner
Both of these ladies are no strangers to the action genre, or even the superhero sub-genre. Lawrence has played both Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films and Mystique in the recent X-Men movies. Both characters are, in some ways "total butt-kickers," so perhaps taking up the role of Thor would be right up her alley. What an honor it would be to play both Mystique and Thor.
Jennifer Garner has previously played Elektra in both the 2003 film Daredevil and the 2005 film: Elektra. Though the latter was both a critical and box office bomb, the director's cut of Daredevil received positive word of mouth from fans. Some may argue that at age 42, she is too old to play Thor, but Robert Downey Jr. is 49 and is still whooping tail as Iron Man. After the failure of Elektra, perhaps Garner can successfully make a comeback in the Marvel Cinematic universe.
Gina Carano Vs Katee Stakhoff
Besides her strong physique fitting the role of Thor, Gina Carano has had her share of action movie roles. She played the lead role in critically acclaimed 2011 film: Haywire and the character Riley in Fast and Furious 6. Carano performed her own stunts in both films. This is no surprise seeing as how she is working for the UFC. If any evil-doer had to face her, they would absolutely be quaking with fear.
Katee Sackhoff is another contender. Her forrays into sci-fi action include the role of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the hit show Battlestar Galactica and most recently the role of Dahl in last year's Riddick. That's not all Sackhoff has going for her though. In a recent tweet, Joss Whedon himself seemed to imply that Sackhoff was his first choice for the role, saying: “A female Thor? What the hell makes them think THAT would be cool?” followed by a picture of Sackhoff. With a possible blessing from Whedon, could Sackhoff be worthy of Mjölnir?
Anna Hutchison vs. Lauren Cohan
Anna Hutchinson may not sound like a familliar name. However long-time Power Rangers fans out there may recognize Hutchinson as the Yellow Ranger on Power Rangers: Jungle Fury. This does give her a bit of experience in action/sci-fi (be it a show geared towards kids), but what really makes her a candidate is her role in 2012's Cabin in the Woods. The horror film was produced and written by Joss Whedon, so she does have experience working with one of Marvel's top members (as well as Chris Hemmsworth for that matter). Perhaps this will help her if she chooses to audition for the God of Thunder.
Let's talk about Lauren Cohan. Fans The Walking Dead will instantly recognize Cohen from her role as Maggie Greene. She is also known for playing Rose on The Vampire Diaries and the critically divided but prominent character Bela Talbot on Supernatural. Having already played a strong, female character, Marvel can easily capitalize on the success of The Walking Dead and choose Cohen to don the hammer.
Emma Stone vs. Ashley Johnson
Emma Stone could use another foray into the superhero sub-genre. She is far from inexperienced when it comes to action movies, having appeared in both Amazing Spider-Man films and even Zombieland. After being nominated to play She-Hulk by Mark Ruffalo, perhaps Marvel could take this advice to heart and cast her as one of the Avengers' strongest members.
Now onto Ashley Johnson. After a bit role in the first Avengers movie as Beth, the waitress, many fans have wondered if Johnson would appear again in future Marvel movies. So far, she hasn't. However, she could make a smashing comeback into the Cinematic Universe by taking over the role of Thor. Perhaps a story line could be worked in where Beth is hiding out on Earth and is called back to Asgard. If not, she can still be cast as Thor anyway, having at least had some experience on a Marvel movie set.
Lena Heady vs. Eva Green.
Lena Heady is quite a power-house. She has not only played the amazingly badass Queen Gorgo in both 300 films, but she also played the role of Ma-Ma in the 2012 cult classic, Dredd. In both of these films, she has shown her impressive acting abilities. Heady has a certain knack for playing a strong female character, so it's no doubt (at least in my mind) that she has what it takes to wield the hammer. Plus, with experience in sci-fi (Dredd and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), she may feel right at home on a Marvel set.
Furthermore, with Eva Green's critically acclaimed performance in 300: Rise of an Empire and her much-anticipated role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, she too can be a worthy candidate. She has not only has great looks for the role, but has the the acting talent for the role of Thor. The 300 films also involve fantastical mythology, so she could fit right into the Asgardian universe.
Are there any actresses that should be on this list? Feel free to write-in your vote for another actress in the comments section.