We all know that a woman picked up the mantle of Thor (and that her comics are outselling her male counterpart), but the secret identity of the character has remained a secret. That is until now, as Vulture has finally unmasked the hammer-wielding heroine.
Spoiler alert: If you don't want to know Thor's secret identity, then obviously you should turn back now.
The new Thor, as it turns out, is actually Jane Foster — the sometimes love interest of Thor, portrayed by Natalie Portman in recent films. In this series, Jane is battling breast cancer; when she transforms back into secret identity, she's also returning to a weakened state.
Writer Jason Aaron said that when considering a female Thor, Jane was really the only option.
"It grew out of the idea of the previous Thor becoming unworthy, which was something I was always building toward," Aaron said. "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."
Aaron also briefly discussed the character's long-running role in the franchise, as well as her character's evolution from a nurse and love interest.
"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."
The in-comic reveal will take place in Thor #8, out May 13. Check out the full interview with Aaron over at Vulture.