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Thor Will Be Recast as a Woman by Marvel Comics

Fangirls, rejoice! Thor, the god of thunder, will now be known as a goddess.

Marvel Comics announced this morning that a new heroine has picked up the hammer and will now be taking over superhero duties for the man formerly known as Thor.

And just to be clear, this isn't a female version or sidekick of Thor. She's no She-Ra to his He-Man, in other words.

"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR," Marvel's executive director Ryan Penagos tweeted earlier today.

"She wields the hammer because Thor can't," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, told TIME magazine. "This is different because for reasons we can't disclose quite yet, Thor is unable to pick up the hammer."

This comes at a time when girl power in tech, toys and comics is getting noticeably stronger. Not only are we seeing the emergence of science-themed toys like GoldieBlox, but 47 percent of comic book fans are female, according to TIME.

It's great to see that the comic books themselves have finally got into the, well, swing of things.

Image courtesy of Marvel Comics

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