Thor Odinson, you ain’t worthy no more boyo. That’s been the status quo for the last couple of months, as the Thunder God has found himself unworthy of lifting mighty Mjolnir (Or Mew-mew as Geoff calls it). But that hammer ain’t gathering dust. In fact, it’s in the hands of a new Thor. A lady Thor, who is busy kicking all kinds of ass right now, with a comic that consistently sells well. And her mysterious identity, has finally been revealed.
Vulture spoke to Thor writer Jason Aaron and got the scoop on who this Thor actually is. Spoilers below.
WHOSEVER READS THIS NEXT BIT OF TEXT AND GETS UPSET ABOUT A FICTIONAL CHARACTER’S MANTLE BEING ASSUMED BY ANOTHER FICTIONAL CHARACTER, AIN’T REALLY WORTHY YO!
– Odin, during his rap battle days
So here’s the secret revealed: It’s Jane Foster. Thor’s longtime love interest, has been wielding Mjolnir all along, despite the fact that she happens to be suffering from breast cancer. Portrayed by Natalie Portman in the films, Foster gains all of the original Thor’s powers, but transforms back into her bedridden state whenever she lays down the hammer. And for Aaron, Foster was the only logical and worthy choice to bear the burden of Thor:
It grew out of the idea of the previous Thor becoming unworthy, which was something I was always building toward. I liked the idea of dealing with his worthiness and the idea of what it means for a god to be worthy in the Marvel universe. You know, the god of thunder waking up every morning and looking at the hammer and not knowing if he’s gonna be worthy to lift it. Then, of course, one day he should wake up and not be able to lift it. That opened the door for someone else to pick up the hammer and carry it around in his place. Really, the only character that was discussed was Jane.
Jane was little more than eye candy and a vapid love interest in her original Thor appearances, obsessed with polishing Thor’s hammer. Literally. Over the years however, she’s evolved to become her own person.
“She’s grown and changed and evolved a lot over the years, become a doctor in her own right,” Aaron said. “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.”
I’m digging the new Thor direction. Whatever your thunder god preference may be, the actual comic is still sharply written, and beautifully drawn. Plus, I’m really hoping we see Natalie Portman suit up as a movie Thunder God sometime in the near future. That’d be rad.
Last Updated: May 13, 2015