Female Thor's Identity Revealed- And It's a Character from the MCU

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:01PM
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 1:01PM
Female Thor's Identity Revealed- And It's a Character from the MCU
Spoiler alert! Tomorrow's issue of Thor will reveal the secret identity of the female version of Thor, and it's a very familiar face, even to casual fans of the MCU. But in a new interview with Vulture, writer Jason Aaron spilled the beans a day early. And their choice is so awesome, it almost makes up for that awful public reaction to the announcement of a lady Thor.

Spoilers for Marvel's Thor #8 ahead!



From the headline, you probably thought it was the tough-as-nails Asgardian Sif, but it's Jane Foster, Thor's astrophysicist love interest portrayed by Natalie Portman in the films. According to Aaron, Foster was not only their top choice, but really their only choice:

"I think we only ever really talked about Jane. It grew out of the idea of the previous Thor becoming unworthy, which was something I was always building toward. I liked the idea of dealing with his worthiness and the idea of what it means for a god to be worthy in the Marvel universe. You know, the god of thunder waking up every morning and looking at the hammer and not knowing if he's gonna be worthy to lift it. Then, of course, one day he should wake up and not be able to lift it. That opened the door for someone else to pick up the hammer and carry it around in his place. Really, the only character that was discussed was Jane.

"… Jane's been a part of Thor's universe going back almost to the very beginning... She's grown and changed and evolved a lot over the years, become a doctor in her own right. So this to me is not just the next step for her character, but really the next evolution of the core promise that has always been at the heart of Thor's mythology... That promise of transformation has always been a part of that hammer. Even though we've changed the person who's holding the hammer, it's very much a Thor story, a story that begins the next step for that promise of transformation."


And just to spoil you even further, it turns out that when Jane is wielding Mjolnir, she's an all-powerful god, but when she reverts back to her human form, she's battling breast cancer. And, as an added wrinkle, every time she transforms into Thor, the disease becomes more advanced. 

Thor #8 will be available in comic book stores and digitally tomorrow, May 13.

Via The Mary Sue.
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