Does the New, Female Thor Signify the Future of Marvel Comics?

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Marvel is officially passing Thor’s hammer on to a woman. As announced on ABC’s The View on Tuesday, the comic book series will soon star a new, female version of the character.

View moderator Whoopi Goldberg introduced the superhero with co-host Jenny McCarthy, explaining that the female Thor “created herself” by following the male Thor after he saves her and making herself look like him before “taking over.” Some of the artwork for the new female Thor, drawn by Russell Dauterman, was also unveiled. The illustrations show a blonde woman wearing a silver suit and wielding Mjolnir, the hero’s mystical hammer, which will soon be undergoing a minor change.

“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!” Marvel editor Will Moss said in a statement. “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!”

Not many details surrounding her story have been released, including what her real identity is when she’s not being the superhero. But Marvel’s editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso, confirmed that it’ll be a while before audiences learn who she actually is. “We’re going to tease out for quite a while the identity of who this woman is. But one of the women in Thor’s life picks up the hammer. She is in fact worthy. And she becomes Thor,” Alonso told Time.