After seven months of mystery, the identity of Marvel's new Thor has been revealed.
Marvel has announced via The New York Times that the recently introduced female Thor is in fact long-time supporting character Jane Foster. The reveal, which happens in Wednesday's Thor #8, comes after seven months of speculation with potential candidates including S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Roz Solomon and the male Thor's mother, Frigga. Foster returned to the Thor series in 2013 when it was revealed had been battling breast cancer.
“Jane Foster has been part of the Thor comics and the Thor mythology from almost the very beginning,” series writer Jason Aaron told the NYT . “The very act of picking up this hammer, of becoming Thor, is killing her. Where we go from here is the real story."
Introduced in 1962's Journey Into Mystery #84 one issue after Thor's debut, Jane Foster was established as a nurse working alongside Thor's civilian identify of Dr. Donald Blake. Foster was portrayed as Thor's primary love interest for five years, and since then appeared more sporadically in some Thor storylines.
In Thor: God of Thunder #12, the male Thor learns that Foster had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Foster debuffs Thor's offer for Asgardian healing magic in favor of chemotherapy. After the original Thor loses his hammer and name in Original Sin, Foster is one of the first people he suspects to have taken his mantle but dismissed the notion due to her cancer diagnosis and resistance to a magical cure.
Although Aaron says that Foster continues to have frail health, the character appeared in the All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 released on May 2, said to take place after the Secret Wars event.
Thor #8 is illustrated by Russell Dauterman, and goes on sale Wednesday.