Warning: This should come as no surprise that this post contains spoilers . . .
After almost a year of speculation we finally know the identity of the female Thor. The answer was leaked online just one day prior to the release of Thor #8 in which was to contain the big reveal. We knew it was someone we had previously been introduced to which led fans to speculate whether it could be another Asgardian, Siff, Frigg Wodendottir, S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Roz Solomon or perhaps, someone else.
Indeed it was someone else, the woman who was worthy enough to pick up Mjolnir, was none other than Jane Foster herself.
In an interview with Vulture.com, Thor writer Jason Aaron explains the significance of transforming Jane Foster into the new Thor:
Jane’s been a part of Thor’s universe going back almost to the very beginning. She was the initial love interest for Donald Blake, who was Thor’s alter-ego [in early Thor stories]. She was the nurse to his doctor. 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.
You go back to those very first issues [from the 1960s], and they’re about this disabled doctor, Donald Blake, finding a strange hammer, and when he picks it up, it transforms him into the mighty Thor. 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.
This provides an interesting twist into Jane Foster’s lifespan. Foster is battling breast cancer but when she picks up Mjolnir she becomes a powerful god; but in turn, the transformations are making her mortal condition that much worse. So why do it then? Foster said, “There must always be a Thor.”
So the question remains, will this plot twist expand over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Will we be seeing Natalie Portman wielding Mjolnir on screen in the near future? Don’t put it past Marvel . . . Let us know what you think of the choice of Jane Foster in the comments below!