The secret identity of Marvel's female Thor is Jane Foster, a supporting character of the previous series, Marvel Comics confirmed May 12. After images from a new issue, "Thor" #8, were leaked, the publisher confirmed the the female protagonist is Foster, a physician portrayed by Natalie Portman (pictured) in "Thor" (2011) and "Thor: The Dark World" (2013).
Since Marvel's publication of the new "Thor", featuring Thor as a woman, sales have outgrown sales of the original. In its first month, "Thor: God of Thunder" sold 150,862 copies to "Thor"'s 110,443 in Nov. 2012, its original month. The figures may be a sign of a positive reaction to the decision, but also of renewed interest in comic books.
Since 1962, Marvel Comics has published the adventures of Thor, based on the Norse god of thunder. The character has also been featured in two Hollywood films, along with being a core of Marvel's "The Avengers."
This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it's unlike any Thor we've ever seen before.
– Jason Aaron, Thor series writer
Marvel made the announcement July 15, 2014, saying the new Thor will be the eighth title to feature a female protagonist and aims to attract women and girls to comic books. In Feb. 2014, a Muslim teen girl was introduced as Ms. Marvel.
Thor's iconic hammer has an inscription that reads: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." Editor Wil Moss said "it's time to update that inscription," emphasizing the new Thor "isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor."