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Marvel recasts superhero Thor as a woman

1 of 1 The new female Thor. Picture: Marvel Comics
The new female Thor. Picture: Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is giving one of its most macho characters a gender swap and making Norse god Thor a woman in a new series of comics due in October. 

Marvel is calling the gender swap "one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the 'big three' of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor".

The new strip will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and Marvel editor Will Moss says: "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!"

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."

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