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Marvel Comics Announces It's Making A Woman New Thor

Marvel Comics has announced that its hammer-wielding superhero Thor will be a woman in a new series.

"Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, Thor," says the publisher. "Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel's “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor."

"Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new Thor, God of Thunder. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name Thor," it says. "Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?"

Marvel editor Wil Moss explains: "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."

"The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute – she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"

Series writer Jason Aaron makes that point even clearer: "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe."

The female Thor will be the star of her own comic book series beginning in October.

The announcement was met with mixed reactions, with one fan joking that "she was probably married to Thor and took his almighty hammer in the divorce agreement."

July 16, 2014 |

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