Marvel Comics makes Thor a thunder goddess

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Marvel Comics makes Thor a thunder goddess
This image released by Marvel Comics shows a female superhero who will appear in upcoming Thor comic book issues. The new Thor was debuted on “The View” where artwork was revealed showcasing a buxom blonde clad in a caped costume and brandishing the trademark hammer. Series writer Jason Aaron said in a statement that “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. ... This is THE Thor.” (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
This comic book cover image released by Marvel Entertainment shows a 1960's "Journey Into Mystery With the Mighty Thor," v1 #120. The publisher of Marvel Comics is focusing on its panoply of characters, enlisting writers, artists, editors and historians to build a sprawling digital and interactive timeline that showcases the famous, the infamous and the obscure heroes, and villains. The endeavor is part of Marvel’s celebration of its 75th anniversary to make people aware of more than marquee names like Captain America or Spider-Man, and to appeal to site visitors coming from the cinema or cataloging a comic collection in the basement. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment)
Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray “The Incredible Hulk” and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, “The Incredible Hulk Returns,” May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Lee says the secret of successfully transferring comic book characters to television is to avoid making it a carbon copy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray “The Incredible Hulk” and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, “The Incredible Hulk Returns,” May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Lee says the secret of successfully transferring comic book characters to television is to avoid making it a carbon copy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray “The Incredible Hulk” and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, “The Incredible Hulk Returns,” May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Lee says the secret of successfully transferring comic book characters to television is to avoid making it a carbon copy. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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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.

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