Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder? Explanations

news culture Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder? Explanations

As Disney revealed the trailer for the next Thor movie earlier this week, internet users around the world discovered a new version of the God of Thunder that disturbed more than one. The writing of JV invites you to come back to the character of Jane Foster to better understand why this heroine is likely to play an important role in the future of the MCU.

Summary

  • Will Thor be replaced by Jane Foster?
  • But by the way, who is Jane Foster?

Don’t say She-Thor or Lady Thor. On Monday, Marvel Studios unveiled the first trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder to raise the hype before the film’s release on July 13 in France. In the latter, we find Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, after the events of Avengers: Endgame as he tries to find meaning in his life. However, the end of the trailer has a big surprise in store since Mjöllnir, Thor’s iconic former hammer, is making a comeback. As a reminder, the latter had been destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok and but had reappeared in the hands of Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. But this time, the divine weapon is heading not towards Steve Rogers, nor towards Thor, but rather towards Jane Foster, a character played by Natalie Portman in the first two Thor films, who dons a mask and costume reminiscent of the God of Lightning’s original outfit.

Will Thor be replaced by Jane Foster?

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

If we knew for a while that Natalie Portman was going to make her return to the MCU, this announcement had the effect of a small bomb on the internet, but also created confusion in the minds of some Internet users. To fully understand what is happening, let’s start by specifying from the outset that the Thor that we know from the eponymous film released in 2011 will not be replaced by Jane Foster with Love and Thunder and that they are indeed two different characters. Today, we could almost call the Thor played by Chris Hemsworth “Odinson”, since he is the son of Odin.

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

To understand what’s playing, you have to look directly at Mjöllnir, Thor’s iconic hammer. When we look at the object more closely, we observe that he writes on the side of the latter “Whoever holds this hammer, if worthy, will receive the power of Thor“. Based on this definition, one could say that Captain America became Thor during the events of Avengers: Endgame for example. Thus, this pattern of thinking also applies in the case of Jane Foster since the latter lifts the hammer, which therefore makes her the new Thor of the MCU. However, this does not mean that the Thor we have always known is no longer able to use his powers related to lightning. In Thor: Ragnarokwe can clearly see that after the destruction of the hammer by Hela, our hero retains his powers since Odin reveals to him that Mjöllnir was only a catalyst, and not the source of his power.

Thor: Ragnarok unveils a trailer in French

But by the way, who is Jane Foster?

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

As usual with the MCU, you can imagine that this idea of ​​making Jane Foster the new Thor comes directly from the comics. However, the character had been introduced from the first films Thor in 2011 and 2013, already embodied by Natalie Portman. The latter then played the role of a scientist interested in paranormal phenomena while entering into a romantic relationship with Thor. Unfortunately, the actress got tired of playing this character since she rarely played an important role during the various adventures of the God of Thunder. Ultimately, the Marvel Studios teams managed to convince Natalie Portman to return to the MCU, this time giving her a bigger role to play in Love and Thunder making her a superheroine as powerful as the other Avengers.

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

In the comics, Jane Foster stood in for Thor for quite a while since the original God of Lightning had lost faith in his divine nature, rendering him unable to use Mjöllnir. He was then called Unworthy Thor (Thor Indigne, in reference to the legend written on the hammer) or Odinson to distinguish him from the new Thor who was never officially called She-Thor or Miss Thor. While the scientist used the divine weapon, the Asgardian fought with an ax different from the Stormbreaker that can be seen in the MCU. Unfortunately, the character of Jane had a tragic fate in the comics since the misuse of Thor’s powers tended to accelerate the development of her cancer, to the point of causing her death. If the Goddess of Lightning particularly interests you, know that the latter should soon land in Marvel’s Avengers as a playable hero to coincide with the release of the film.

Thor 4: The God of Thunder becomes a woman in Love and Thunder?  Explanations

At last, beyond Jane Foster, let’s end by pointing out that the universe of Marvel comics includes many characters who have at one time or another possessed the power of Thor. Moreover, we can even see one of these characters in easter egg in the series Loki broadcast on Disney+. Indeed, in episode five titled Journey Into Mystery, we can see a shot that crosses the ground in which a frog with a costume reminiscent of Thor is enclosed in a sort of vial stuck underground. In the world of comics, it is a character called Throg, a pun between frog which means frog and thunder which means thunder, which makes this batrachian the God of Lightning of a certain dimension. But beyond the MCU, one of the most famous versions of Thor is none other than Beta Ray Bill, an alien whose skull looks like a horse’s head and who is also able to use Mjöllnir. Like what, once again, the name of Thor depends only on who can use the divine weapon forged by Odin.

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