Who is Female Thor? Know Her History

With the announcement of Thor: Love and Thunder at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, most of the cast remains the same. We see Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Taika Waititi returning to play Thor, Valkyrie and probably Korg, respectively. We also know that Natalie Portman will be returning to reprise her role of Jane Foster in the movie. However, what took us by surprise was that she will be playing the role of Female Thor in the movie. 

Who is Female Thor

In the MCU, Jane Foster is Thor’s love interest when he gets exiled by Odin in the first Thor movie. She is an astrophysicist, and along with her mentor Dr. Erik Selvig, finds Thor in New Mexico. However, the comics actually tell a different story about how Thor and Jane came to meet each other.

ORIGIN IN THE COMICS

Jane Foster’s first appearance in the comics came in 1962 in the Journey into Mystery #84 issue of Marvel comics. She is a nurse hired by Dr. Donald Blake to assist him in his private medical practice. Over the course of their work, Blake develops feelings for Foster, but the nurse actually had feelings for the Asgardian god of thunder, Thor. What she didn't know was that Dr. Donald Blake was the human identity used for many years by Thor. The two eventually develop feelings for one another when Thor reveals his alter ego to Jane in an attempt to marry her, a move that is opposed by Odin.  Thor later took Jane to Asgard where she was granted immortality, but Odin later stripped her of those powers believing she wasn't courageous enough to harness them and sent her back to Earth with no recollection of her time on Asgard. She ends up marrying Dr. Keith Kincaid, while also becoming a doctor.

In Thor Vol. 4 #1, Thor loses his ability to wield Mjolnir during the Avengers’ battle with Nick Fury. Fury whispers something in Thor's ear, causing him to become unworthy of his hammer. As a result, the hammer stays on the Moon as Thor, and even Odin himself, fail to move the mystical object. However, an unidentified female character later arrives on the Moon and lifts the hammer. As she does this, the inscription on the weapon changes to: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of... Thor."

It is eventually revealed that, Mjolnir telepathically sought out Jane. She asks Heimdall to take her to the hammer's location and thus gets transported to the Moon. When Jane picked up Mjolnir, she instantly transformed and gained Thor's powers. She eventually decides to keep her identity as the female Thor a secret.

POWERS

As mentioned before, Jane acquires all of Thor's superhero powers when she lifts Mjolnir. As a result, Female Thor has the power of flight as well as inter-dimensional transportation. The hammer also massively transforms her physical appearance. Every time she lifted the Mjolnir, it increased her strength and gave her a helmet with long blonde hair and a costume that stood as a female equivalent to Thor's look. 

Who is Female Thor

However, not all the abilities were helpful to her. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer before gaining Thor’s powers. Unfortunately for her, each time she used the powers, there were adverse effects to her health. During the transformation process, the hammer negated all toxins from her body, including the radiation treatment for her cancer. The drugs she took were also subsequently emitted so Jane's condition worsened as the cancer spread throughout her body. She eventually resorted to asking for help from Doctor Strange, one of the few people who knew her true identity. He advised her to stop transforming into Female Thor as the next time could kill her. 

FEMALE THOR IN THE MCU

Natalie Portman is all set to take up the role of female Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.The movie is set to release on 6th May, 2022 and will supposedly adapt the storyline from Thor Vol. 4 #1 that sees Jane Foster gaining the powers of the god of thunder.

Who is Female Thor

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