Marvel’s hammer-wielding Thor is now a woman

Marvel announced a new comic book project Monday that will feature one of their signature characters, Thor, God of Thunder, as a woman.

Announced on the ABC talk show “The View,” the unidentified woman will take on the role of cosmic defender from her male predecessor. According to a Marvel press release, the current Thor is no longer “worthy” to wield Mjolnir, the magic Asgardian hammer that gave its owner the Thor namesake and thunderous powers.

“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,'” a press release from Marvel read.

Series writer Jason Aaron added, “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. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

The announcement follows several female-led books from Marvel that have also debuted this year, including series led by She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Storm and Black Widow. Marvel said the new Thor title is part of an effort to reach out to women and girls, an audience, the comics publisher admitted, “that long was not the target for Super Hero comics books in America.”

Thor No. 1 will debut this October, written by Aaron and art provided by Russell Dauterman. Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, the original Thor made his first comics appearance in 1952.