Unlike most superheroes, Thor is actually Thor’s real name, not a title or pseudonym. So when Jane Foster took on his abilities when she picked up Mjolnir, she simply went by the name “Thor.” It gets a little confusing, so fans tend to refer to her as “Jane Foster Thor,” or “female Thor,” or “Lady Thor.” Taika Waititi has a solution for you, though.
Waititi, who directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, is returning to helm ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, a movie that was announced this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. In a surprise move, Natalie Portman is returning as Jane Foster, except in this one, she gets to be the hero, not the damsel in distress. Following the storyline from the comics, this Jane will somehow become the new Thor. But with Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor still running around, how will we differentiate them?
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When a fan on Twitter attested that it was okay to call her “Female Thor” since she is… well, female and a Thor, Waititi offered this correction:
Correction. She’s called Mighty Thor.
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 21, 2019
Technically, in the comics, the male Thor has been referred to as “The Mighty Thor” almost since his introduction in the 1960s, but that modifier hasn’t really been used in the movies, so I guess that works. It might be less confusing if, in the movies, the male Thor (Hemsworth) were no longer around and Jane was a replacement, but he is one of only two founding Avengers still up and swinging after ‘Endgame’. Then again, he’s out in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy… for all we know, he won’t even be in ‘Love and Thunder’, since we know it will focus on Portman’s
female Mighty Thor and Tesse Thompson’s Valkyrie.
How does this work for you? Is “Mighty Thor” a good enough way to differentiate Portman’s Thor from Hemsworth’s?