Most importantly, this new comic book hero addresses the idea of a woman taking over what has historically been a very masculine role. The transition lends itself to some of the best scenes and dialogue in the series thus far. And she is battling breast cancer, a real threat to too many women.
After seven issues of the newest Thor series, Marvel is finally ready to reveal the identity of the masked Goddess of Thunder, the woman who picked up Thor’s hammer from the moon after the original Thor, Odinson, was no longer worthy to do so.
At the end of Issue 8, after defeating the massive Destroyer (the giant fire-blasting metal beast you saw in the first film), Odinson pleads with the strange woman who has replaced him to take her mask off and reveal herself. She refuses and departs into the sky. “This world needs a Thor,” she says. “A god who loves the Earth enough to die for it.”
In what can only be described as a fiery-electric display, the Goddess of Thunder’s persona dissipates, unveiling the truth …
Where the great warrior once stood, now stumbles a sickly woman dressed in a hospital gown, her hair gone due to cancer treatment. She takes a stance against her illness and says, “I am Dr. Jane Foster. And I will not stop being the mighty Thor. Even though it is killing me.”
The Goddess of Thunder is Odinson’s ex-girlfriend, Dr. Jane Foster, portrayed by Natalie Portman in the films. Her character has been dying of breast cancer for some time now, and the power of Thor, according to her, is not helping. For more info, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/12/female-thor-unmasked_n_7262242.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000024