Marvel debuts female Thor

Los Angeles: In a major shake-up, Marvel Comics has introduced an all-new female Thunder God, who will replace the male Thor permanently.

The art work unveiled by Marvel shows a blond woman carrying the superhero`s signature hammer. Calling it one of the most exciting changes ever to shake one of the "big three" of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, Marvel said they decided to replace the classic Thunder God with a woman as he is no longer able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjolnir.

Marvel said Thor was the latest heroine in their ever-growing list of female-centric titles. Thor would be the 8th lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that for long was not the target for super hero comic books in America: women and girls.

The new series is written by Jason Aaron while the art is from Russell Dauterman. "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`s editor Wil Moss said.

"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!," he said.

Aaron said: "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."

The movie adaptation of `Thor` had Chris Hemsworth playing the Thunder God.