And no, this isn’t one of Loki’s tricks.

Marvel announced today that the iconic god of thunder will now be a woman. The news was made public on ABC’s The View.

While there have been alternative versions of the Norse god in past Marvel comics, series director Jason Aaron stresses that the new Thor is officially canon.

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Are you ready for the new hero of Asgard?

“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” (via Marvel).

The Marvel press release also notes that “the classic Thunder God” is no longer able to wield Mjölnir, the magical hammer that only Thor can use. This statement is accompanied with a piece of artwork titled “Unworthy Thor” showing a scraggly male version of the character with an axe.

The now former Thor is unworthy of wielding the mighty Mjonlir.

Jenny McCarthy, a co-host on The View, also says that this new character was saved by the original Thor. However, this is still yet to be confirmed.

One of the aims of this shift is to appeal to female comic book readers in America, both young and old. The gender change will not affect the live action Avengers movies, in which Chris Hemsworth is cast as Thor.

Thor was introduced to the Marvel Universe in 1962 and has been portrayed as a male character until now. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Sent to earth by his father, Odin, to be taught a lesson about humility, Thor is stripped of his powers and memories of godhood and placed into the body partially disabled medical student Dr. Donald Blake. Upon discovering Mjölnir (disguised as a walking stick), Blake strikes it against a rock and transforms into the God of Thunder, regaining his memory and powers. (source)

Regarding Mjölnir, there is an inscription on the hammer that reads, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Marvel editor Wil Moss says that it was time to change up that phrase.

“This new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

This is the 8th title with a lead female protagonist in the Marvel Universe.

The new comic is slated for release this October.