Jason Aaron Confirms Identity Of New, Female Thor


(Note: this article contains a major spoiler for Thor #8, one which has been the central mystery of the series to date. Stop reading now if you want to be surprised when you pick it up tomorrow. Oh, and you should probably stay off Twitter too. Be forewarned!)

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The secret is out.

By that, I mean the identity of the Goddess of Thunder, the female Thor. While leaked onto the internets over the last 24 hours, we can consider it official now, even though the issue that reveals it, Thor #8, doesn’t go on sale until tomorrow.

But Marvel is obviously okay with the knowledge getting out there, because there’s an article on Vulture right now that talks freely about the mystery finally coming to an end. Writer Jason Aaron discusses who the new Thor is and why it made sense for this particular female character to get the job.

Last chance to depart before the spoiler …

It’s Jane Foster, sometime love interest of Thor Odinson, the once and future wielder of Mjolnir. Aaron liked the idea of Foster as Thor from the start, saying he “only ever really talked about Jane.”

Why Foster instead of the other candidates Odinson has investigated during the current series?

"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."

She’s also currently suffering from cancer, and it appears that Aaron will play with the Blake-esque idea of Thor changing back into a human when not holding the hammer by making it so that doing so too often will make Foster even more sick than she already is.

There are still plenty of reasons to pick up Thor #8, including gorgeous art by Russell Dauterman, more details on exactly how Jane got the hammer in the first place, and whether we’ll learn how Odinson was deemed unworthy of Mjolnir — and honestly, that’s an even bigger and longer-running mystery whose answer hasn’t been leaked yet.

(via Vulture by way of Bleeding Cool)

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