Recent years in comics have been marred by some of the most surprising twists in sci-fi history. The Justice League has been revamped dozens of times, Dr. Octopus was Spider-Man for awhile, Wolverine is dead, Sabertooth is a good and an Avenger, Iceman is gay, and of course Thor is now a female! Lots of comic book drama right? Well after well over a year of keeping the new Thor’s identity a secret Marvel Comics has finally revealed who the new heroine is. Surprisingly you’ve known and loved her for years–and so has the orginal Thor–oops I mean “Odinson!”
Odinson’s former love interest Jane Foster is the Mightiest Avenger. As the female Thor she is mighty, wields Mjolnir, possesses every bit of power of Odinson–and she is battling breast cancer. That’s right Jane Foster is dying and how that will play out is the real story. Writer, Jason Aaron, has this to say about Thor:
Jane Foster has been part of the Thor comics and the Thor mythology from almost the very beginning. The very act of picking up this hammer, of becoming Thor, is killing her. Where we go from here is the real story.
Jane is now part of only a handful of character in comic history worthy enough to lift Mjolnir and assume the mantle of Thor. The others include Beta Ray Bill, Captain America, Thunderstrike, Odin, Wonder Woman (non-canon), and The Vision (Marvel Cinematic Universe). There are no current plans to change Thor on the Big Screen, however. What do you think of this plot twist. Does a woman dying of breast cancer really stand a chance at wielding the power of a superhero, let alone a god? Comment below!