[Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) is still very much up in the air. There's two years until the movie's release, and all we have is a title "Ragnarok". Even then, what does that tell us? It essentially signifies an apocalypse, but come on, apocalypses are everywhere today! Modern Hollywood can't enjoy it's breakfast without a bit of sugar and apocalypse.
Sure, Thor Ragnarok pertains to a particular comic storyline which was far from subtle, but with so little set in stone for the actual movie adaptation, the story we finally get could really go any way. If you still think Marvel can't creatively deviate from source material, then you must have had your eyes covered for the entire Mandarin plot line in Iron Man 3. My point is that Marvel movies have been pillaging elements from the comics they're based on so freely, that they are very nearly dealing with a blank canvas for the MCU. If this is the case, then where could Thor 3 take us? I hear the kids like gender swaps these days!
Why introduce a female Thor?
So before we get into the how and why of introducing a female Thor, I'll simply state that yes, Chris Hemsworth is still around and he's around to stay, at least until his contract runs out in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027). Marvel will likely be wanting to create a backup for Asgardian storylines if he doesn't return, and a female version of the god of thunder would be an appropriate choice.
So why do gender swaps work? Well creating opposite sex equivalents of established characters is nothing new for Marvel, but the concept recently developed appeal towards mass cinematic audiences, what with the intended all-woman [Ghostbusters (2016)](tag:32733), and even calls for a female Doctor Who. The appeal comes from the fact that gender is largely arbitrary, and provides a fun swap of visuals and performance possibilities. If any branch of the MCU is able to get particularly strange, it's Thor 3, and the introduction of the female Thor would be an effective way to appease new audiences with ideas from very recent comics to boot!
When it's announced that "Thor is now a woman", people outside the comics sphere tend to think the character simply went "poof", and now simply goes about their business gender-swapped. Truthfully, comics still need to back up their sharp turns of iconography with actual coherent narratives. In the fallout of the "Original Sin" storyline, Thor elects to part ways with Mjolnir, relinquishing his own power and sovereignty, before the hammer is picked up by a mysterious woman who adopts the role of "Thor". Put simply, the idea of "Thor" is not defined by a strapping nordic blonde man who can be played by Chris Hemsworth, but by whoever wields Mjolnir. If the creation of a new Thor is so simple, how could Marvel go about this transfer, and who could they make the new god of thunder?
So this choice would so far coincide with current comics canon, for it is eventually revealed that the woman who picked up Mjolnir and assumed the role of Thor was in fact the long running supporting character, Jane Foster. This is a fine choice when the character has a long heritage on the page, but in the Marvel movies, where Natalie Portman has appeared as Jane Foster in two movies, and as a photograph in one, it may feel like a bit of a jump in Thor 3.
Still, if in the aftermath of whatever Ragnarok does to Asgard, it could be interesting to see Jane Foster ascend to a cosmic level in a way that doesn't make her faint for half a movie. God knows she needs a little more agency in these films. If she were to assume the power of Mjolnir after Thor 3, and join the Avengers for Infinity War, well... let's just say she's one of only three marvel heroes to have direct contact with an infinity stone.
Yeah yeah not canon, but so what? Nothing's canon until a creator puts it to the page and it's accepted by an avid group of readers and viewers. Jaimie Alexander as Sif is so cool it's infuriating. The amount she's spared in the Thor movies surely should amount to something. If Asgard, and subsequently Thor himself suffered some huge damage in fidelity in Thor 3, then Sif would be a plausible choice to take up the power of Mjolnir! She's Asgardian for one, and we've seen her fight alongside Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Most importantly perhaps, if Marvel were to indulge in this narrative decision, I could buy Jaimie Alexander rocking the Thor get up much easier than Natalie Portman!
So now we're getting into some very recent comics storylines; so recent that Thor 3 could well overtake any effort to continue them on the page. "Thors" would see not just a female version of Thor, but an entirely new roster of characters take up the onus of protecting the realm, much like an Asgardian police task force. In a similar way to [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) ending with a newly assembled team, Thor Ragnarok could well see a new host of heroes put together to carry out the duties of the god of thunder. This choice would give us a set of brand new faces, and give Hemsworth's Thor a more direct tie to Avengers business on Earth.
So there are a few possibilities for introducing a female Thor in Thor 3. What are your thoughts? Would you like to see these potential choices made canon, or do you have some better ideas cooking? Write a post here on MoviePilot or leave a comment below!