Marvel Comics have recast one of their most popular characters… as a woman! The new female character is based on the hammer-wielding god of thunder Thor, and will appear in a new series that is due in October.

Thor gets sex change

The character Thor debuted in the title Journey Into Mystery back in 1962. Having starred in two of his own Marvel blockbusters, he also claims a pivotal role in the cinematic Avengers series. Fans of Chris Hemsworth and our favourite hammer thrower shouldn’t fret though because he won’t be going away any time soon.

However it was time for a change. The new series written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman has adapted the character into a female. Launching in October of this year, Marvel has branded the series “one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the ‘big three’ of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor”.

But wait a minute, doesn’t the inscription on Thor’s hammer read: ‘whoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor’?

Marvel Editor Wil Moss explains: “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!”

Yes, they’re very keen to make their point that this isn’t just a ‘SHE-Thor’, but rather the actual Thor from the Marvel universe, only designed with a few adjustments. Marvel hopes that as their eighth title to feature a lead female character, she will “speak directly to an audience that long was not targeted for superhero comic books in America – women and girls”.

So who is to be the new Thor? Do we know her already? What is her connection to Asgard?

Marvel are being tight-lipped on that one, so it looks like we’re going to have to wait until October. In the meantime we’ve got the Avengers: Age of Ultron to look forward to on the big screen in 2015, with Chris Hemsworth currently worthy to carry the hammer.

Whatever shape-shifting occurs in the future, we’ll let you know.

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