Since she picked up the fallen hammer of a currently unworthy Thor Odinson in 2014, Jane Foster has been on a ticking clock as the effects of being Thor are literally killing her. This fall for Marvel Legacy, her time might have finally run out.
As revealed by Nerdist, Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman will continue their stellar run on The Mighty Thor as the series hits issue #700, because of the Marvel Legacy return to classic numbering, with the storyarc titled The Death of the Mighty Thor. While the issue pays homage to Jim Starlin’s The Death of Captain Marvel with its variant cover, the new story arc may or may not pay homage to what happens in that graphic novel.
“That’s obviously a powerful book and a huge part of Marvel history, but I’m afraid you’ll just have to wait to see whether or not our story shares anything with that one,” Aaron said. “I will just say that I’ve always been telling a very specific story with Jane, and I’ve known for a while where that was headed.”
While many fans were vocally upset about the change of having Jane pick up the hammer instead of Thor Odinson, Aaron said he saw the change as a natural progression of the character.
“I was just telling the same Thor story I’d already been telling for years. And taking that story to its logical next chapter. And to me, it’s a story that has roots reaching all the way back to 1962, to Thor’s first appearance in Journey Into Mystery #83,” Aaron said. “In that issue, a guy picks up a hammer with a specific inscription on it and is magically transformed into the god of thunder. The promise of transformation has always been a part of the Thor mythology. So has the idea of worthiness, and thus unworthiness. Those will continue to be major themes of the series for as long as I’m writing it, no matter who’s holding the hammer.”
The negative reception and blatant misogyny in many comments were something Aaron and Dauterman dealt with over the years since the change for the hero, but the positives that have been heard from the community outweigh those negatives.
“I’ve been surprised by the positive response we’ve received,” Dauterman said. “I’ve been really moved by all the people who’ve sent messages about how Jane’s story resonates with them, either because they’re struggling with an illness or have lost someone to cancer; or just messages from people who love seeing a female superhero in the spotlight, being tough and awesome. That matters a lot more to me than any of the negative stuff.”
Check out the solicitation and variant cover below.
THE MIGHTY THOR #700
JASON AARON (W) • RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
WRAPAROUND Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 1
The final judgement comes as the Mangog arrives! The War Thor will meet the beast head on. But even the bloodthirst of this Ultimate Thor may pale in comparison to the might of the Mangog! The battle rages as Jane’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she might not have to wait for the final judgment at all. The clock is ticking, and no hammer can save her this time. It’s the beginning of the end that will lead to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!