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First Look - Marvel Announces Iconic Character 'Thor' Will Now Be a Woman!

An exclusive announcement was made live on ABC's "The View," today when moderator Whoopi Goldberg revealed "It's a huge day in the Marvel universe. Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up. He is no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman."

No details were revealed as to who would portray the character going forward. The female Thor will be the star of her own comic book series beginning this October. Thor will be written by Jason Aaron, with art from Russell Dauterman.

Get a first look below:

First Look - Marvel Announces Iconic Character 'Thor' Will Now Be a Woman!

The original Thor from the comic books was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Sent to Earth by his father Odin to learn the meaning of humility, he lost his memories and took on the identity of Dr. Donald Blake, an ordinary (if disabled) human being. But after holding Mjolnir for the first time, his powers return. The character would eventually become a founding member of the Avengers, and is played by actor Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to The Verge.

"The View," a live, one-hour daily talk show from ABC (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) is the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. "The View," broadcast in HDTV and produced in 2-channel stereo sound, is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on ABC.com. "The View" is owned and produced by ABC. Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie are executive producers. For breaking news and updated videos follow "The View" (@theviewtv) and Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg), Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) and Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) on Twitter.

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