5 things to know about Thor's new identity as a woman

The female version of the Marvel comic book superhero character Thor is shown in this publicity image released to Reuters on July 15, 2014, courtesy of Marvel Comics. The God of Thunder will soon be a goddess, according to Marvel's latest a
The female version of the Marvel comic book superhero character Thor is shown in this publicity image released to Reuters on July 15, 2014, courtesy of Marvel Comics. The God of Thunder will soon be a goddess, according to Marvel's latest announcement about the superhero. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The female version of the Marvel comic book superhero character Thor is shown in this publicity image released to Reuters on July 15, 2014, courtesy of Marvel Comics. The God of Thunder will soon be a goddess, according to Marvel's latest a
The female version of the Marvel comic book superhero character Thor is shown in this publicity image released to Reuters on July 15, 2014, courtesy of Marvel Comics. The God of Thunder will soon be a goddess, according to Marvel's latest announcement about the superhero. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The God of Thunder will soon be a goddess, according to Marvel's latest announcement about the superhero. Here are five things that you should know about the one who wields the magical hammer, and female characters in the comic book universe. 

Not She-Thor, just Thor

Marvel took pains to stress that this was not just a parallel, female version of Thor, but a complete change in the character. There's only going to be one Thor, and she's a woman. 

"The inscription on Thor's hammer reads 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor'," Marvel editor Wil Moss said in a statement.

"Well it's time to update that inscription." He added: "And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"

Series writer Jason 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." 

Gender switch precedence

This is not the first time Marvel has done a gender switch for its superheroes. Just look at Captain Marvel, who went from alien male to human female back to alien male and then through a few other changes before former Ms Marvel Carol Danvers assumed the mantle. 

Origin unknown

Dying to know more about the new Thor? Well, don't hold your breath, because Marvel Comics asked the following questions without providing answers: "Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel universe?" Maybe even Marvel hasn't figured it out?

Passing of the torch

At least a little of the story is revealed for the new hammer wielder. According to the Marvel statement, "no longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjolnir". The new female Thor then rises to pick up the slack.  

Bye bye Chris Hemsworth?

There was no immediate word on what will happen to the film version of the Thunder God, who has appeared in two standalone movies and as part of the Avengers film. We're now wondering if Chris Hemsworth will look good in drag.