This image released by Marvel Comics shows a female superhero who will appear in upcoming Thor comic book issues. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
NEW YORK (AP) — Thor is now a Goddess of Thunder.
Marvel Comics announced Tuesday that the hammer-wielding Norse superhero will be a woman in upcoming comic book issues. Marvel was thin on details explaining the switch, but said in a press release that “no longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer.”
The new Thor was debuted on “The View” where artwork was revealed showcasing a buxom blonde clad a caped costume and brandishing the trademark hammer.
Series writer Jason Aaron says in a statement that “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. … This is THE Thor.”
The Marvel universe has historically been male-dominated, but that may be changing. Marvel Studios is developing a stand-alone film for Black Widow, the character played by Scarlett Johansson.