Update: In a follow-up press release, Jason Arron stressed that the new Thor is just that: Thor.
“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," Aaron said.
The new female Thor will launch in a new series with a new first issue, Thor #1, launching in the fall. Aaron will stay on as writer, joined by artist Russell Dauterman, coming off of Cyclops. The press release also says this is "a brand new female hero," seemingly putting to rest speculation that the newly-revealed sister of Thor, Angela, would take up the hammer.
Marvel Comics also confirmed to Newsarama that Thor will take the place of Thor: God of Thunder, which will ship its final issue in September 2014.
Earlier this month we learned that we’d be getting an all-new Captain America, but on ABC’s The View earlier today news broke that Marvel is also replacing another core Avenger: Thor. As announced by Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel is introducing a new female Thor in comics later this year.
“It’s a huge day in the Marvel Universe. Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”
Details on the identity of this new Thor remain sparse. Goldberg jokingly said that the character works on the set of The View in comics when not being Thor. The comedienne did say more matter-of-factly that the new Thor modeled herself after the original after being saved by him. The View co-host goes on to say that she becomes the possessor of Mjolnir after the original Thor becomes no longer worthy according to the inscription.
The idea of the original male Thor losing Mjolnir might seem shocking, but something comics fans were hinted to in recently solicited Avengers covers showing Thor holding Jarnbjorn, a battle axe introduced in the first issue of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s run on Thor: God of Thunder, which also had a major role in the Uncanny Avengers storyline that has run since that series launched.
Newsarama expects more information on this all-new, all-female Thor leading up to Comic-Con International.