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Marvel’s Thor Is Going to Be a Woman Now

The mantle of one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes is being passed to a woman. Yes, the Mighty Thor—who has been portrayed by a man more or less since 1962 (well, really since Roman historian Tacitus recorded the Germanic deity known as Donar in the seventh century, but whatever)—is getting a gender overhaul.

As comic nerds know, Thor’s hammer Mjölnir is only his so long as he’s worthy of holding onto it. Evidently, an upcoming storyline will strip the traditional Thor of that right and bestow it on a mystery woman. Earthling? Asgardian? Someone else altogether? Who knows. Either way, she’s the real deal, as writer Jason Aaron says, “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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