It feels like yesterday that I began reading the newest Thor arc, in which a mysterious woman picked up Mjolnir and became the Goddess of Thunder. Back in October, I speculated about the true identity of Thor—a question that went unanswered until Thor #8, released on May 13.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with their comics, here’s a quick breakdown of the events that have led up to Thor #8—after retrieving Mjolnir from the surface of the moon, our new heroine goes off to fight the Dark Elf Malekith the Accursed, Dario Agger of Roxxon, and the Absorbing Man and Titania. Everyone is surprised to see a woman wielding the hammer, though none more so than male Thor. Although at first he attempts to get the hammer back, he stops his pursuit when he sees how she uses her powers. He must admit that she is more worthy than he, as the hammer does things for her it would never do for him. He willingly gives up the name “Thor,” confirming that the epithet is actually a title. He chooses to call himself Prince Odinson. Odin is
pissed somewhat displeased by this, and sics the Destroyer on Thor, whom he views as an imposter. When things seem at their darkest for Thor, Prince Odinson and Freyja come to her aid with an army of female superheroes who are ready to kick some serious ass. After the battle, Prince Odinson begs Thor to reveal her face. He is certain that he knows her identity, having gone through a list of possible women who might be worthy to wield the hammer. He has come to the conclusion that she can be none other than S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Roz Solomon. As he pleads with “Roz” to stop concealing herself from him, the real Roz interrupts their conversation, and Thor uses the disruption to flee the scene.
So who actually inherited one of the greatest weapons, and the amazing superpowers that come with it?
None other than Prince Odinson’s former love interest, Jane Foster.
That’s right, breast cancer victim Jane (who has been part of the Marvel universe since 1962, but always in supporting roles) has become Thor. Prince Odinson originally suspected her, but when he saw the state that chemotherapy had left her in—weak and vulnerable—he crossed her off his list. Unbeknownst to him, she is temporarily free of the ravages of the disease when wielding the hammer, as it gives her the powers of a god.
Marvel has essentially turned the world of comics on its head by recasting one of their most famous superheroes as a woman who struggles with a disease that affects 1 out of every 8 women. The fact that she is fighting her own battle to stay alive makes her that much more of a compelling character, and I’m so excited to see how they will continue to handle her storyline. She’s set to feature in Secret Wars, and one must wonder how long her secret will hold out.
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