marvel thor womanThe Marvel universe is undergoing a seismic change -- the comics company announced this morning that Thor, the hammer-wielding god, will now be a goddess. Meaning, Thor will now be a woman.

No, he's not getting a sex change operation. Rather, as Whoopi Goldberg explained on "The View": We're not sure what Thor does that causes him to lose his name, power, and hammer, but it must be pretty bad.

The character is one of Marvel's oldest superheroes. He was first introduced in 1962 by a team consisting of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, and was based on the god of Norse mythology. Thor was sent to Earth by his father, Odin, to learn humility. There, he fell in love with a human woman, Jane Foster, and became a member of the Avengers.

Not much else was revealed on "The View," but co-host Jenny McCarthy did tease that the new female Thor models herself after her male predecessor because he saved her life. And she is apparently Thor in every way, as Marvel Digital's executive editorial director explains: Hey, Chris Hemsworthwould make a pretty woman.

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