Perhaps the shocked, butthurt and offended legions who felt that turning Thor into a woman would destroy their view of masculinity as they sounded The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstruous Regiment of Women can rest a bit easier now. Her identity has been revealed and that is a sure sign that Original Man With Penis Thor is coming back soon. In case you are wondering, the story was spoiled many places, as FemmeThor #8 with the above reveal cover is coming out tomorrow, but the official Marvel version of the leak seems to be here at Vulture, where writer Jason Aaron chats and divulges that
* …Ther is Jane Foster. Which a someone who wasn’t even reading the book, I had to go…well…yeah. Isn’t Lady Thor ALWAYS Jane Foster?
In this case however the reasons within the story are…sad. Jane Foster has breast cancer and transforming into Thor reeves her illness (just as the original thor Don Blakelost his lameness when transforming)…but when turning back to Jane she becomes weakers, and the power is making it worse.
Thematically, what do you think is the significance of having Jane Foster be Thor? 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.
You go back to those very first issues [from the 1960s], and they’re about this disabled doctor, Donald Blake, finding a strange hammer, and when he picks it up, it transforms him into the mighty Thor. That promise of transformation has always been a part of that hammer. Even though we’ve changed the person who’s holding the hammer, it’s very much a Thor story, a story that begins the next step for that promise of transformation.
So you know, this was really a thematic story about long running characters not an evil scheme to render all the men of the US sterile.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.