Female Thor’s identity revealed as a larger battle looms

May 12, 2015 | 11:06 a.m.
Cover of "Thor" #8. (Marvel)

Cover of “Thor” #8. (Marvel)

Warning: This post contains spoilers.

The identity of the new Thor has been a closely guarded secret since her debut in “Thor: God of Thunder” No. 25 in 2014. Fans have known that the character’s  hidden name would be announced in “Thor” No. 8, which comes out Wednesday, but writer Jason Aaron has already dropped the proverbial hammer.

Thor is Dr. Jane Foster, a longtime ally and love interest of Thor Odinson, notably during his time as his alter-ego, Dr. Donald Blake.

Jane Foster was created way back in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, first appearing in “Journey into Mystery” No. 84. She has been played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Natalie Portman, though her origins there have been altered from being a nurse or EMT to being a scientist.

The “Thor” writer released the identity of the Asgardian goddess in an interview posted by the New York Times on Tuesday.

In the comics, Foster had been battling breast cancer and was actually dismissed by Thor as being a possible successor due to her weakened condition. She refused magical treatment for her cancer, but has been able to not only battle the disease, but frost giants, dark elves and more as the goddess of thunder. Currently, she’s battling the Destroyer armor, and Thor Odinson has called in a number of female heroes, including Captain Marvel, She-Hulk and more, to assist her.

“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.”

– Jevon Phillips | @storiz | @LATHeroComplex

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