Marvel Comics has officially confirmed the identity of the all-new, female Thor currently wielding Mjolnir in the pages of Jason Aaron’s Thor series.
Warning: Major Spoilers ahead. Do not read any further if you do not want Thor #8 spoiled.
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As tomorrow's Thor #8 will detail, the all-new Thor is none other than Jane Foster, Thor’s major love interest way, way back from the Silver Age. While Thor and Foster have not been romantically involved for a number of years, they have maintained a close friendship.
Foster is currently battling breast cancer; a fight that she'll continue even as the god of thunder. As Aaron detailed in an interview with Vulture, whenever Foster puts the hammer down, she will revert back to her weakened, cancer-plagued mortal form. It's a nice thematic callback to the early adventures of Thor, when the God of Thunder carried the secret identity of Donald Blake, a disabled doctor.
How Foster became worthy of the hammer, and how the original Thor lost that worthiness, still remains a mystery, but hopefully more answers will come with Thor #8's publication.
“Jane Foster has been part of the Thor comics and the Thor mythology from almost the very beginning,” Aaron told The New York Times. “The very act of picking up this hammer, of becoming Thor, is killing her. Where we go from here is the real story.”0comments
And just as fans have begun the countdown for Anthony Mackie to become the All-New Captain America, expect everyone to start speculating whether Natalie Portman (Marvel Studios’ Jane Foster) will play the All-New Thor after 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
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