Big things are happening in the world of Marvel Comics.
In an announcement on The View (clearly the best venue ever for a comics announcement), it was revealed that Thor, for the first time ever, would be a female hero.
"Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up. He is no longer worthy to hold that … hammer of his. And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman," Whoopi Goldberg said on the show, before revealing the first drawings of the female superhero.
There's no sex change nor is it a "Thor-ette" situation (nor does it have anything to do with Chris Hemsworth's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — yet). In a press release sent after the announcement, Marvel said that "a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worth of the name Thor."
"This new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute – she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!" Marvel editor Wil Moss said in the release.
Series writer Jason Aaron also emphasized that point: "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."