by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
In the recent arc of Mighty Thor, tension has been building regarding Jane Foster’s inability to chose between being Thor or herself. At the crux of the matter is the fact that Jane has cancer which needs to be treated — which can only be done in her human form. However, she’s needed in virtually every corner of the universe as Thor to try and stop Malekith and his armies of evil. Forced to choose between saving thousands (millions?) and saving herself, Jane makes the obvious heroic choice. But as issue 702 shows, sometimes the obvious heroic choice isn’t always the best one.
Forced to extreme measures, Jane is trying to enlist the Gods of Olympus for help by arm wrestling Hercules for support. It’s successful, if only because Hercules is trying to impress a lady Thor, but this still doesn’t seem like enough to defeat Malekith. The Odinson shows up at this time to persuade Jane to pursue alternative methods.
In doing so, the Odinson takes Jane to the bedside of Volstagg, who was recently almost killed by Mangog. Seeing Volstagg nearly killed, and in the form of the War Thor, convinces Jane that she now faces something which brute force alone cannot conquer. It is at this time that the Odinson convinces Jane that the world doesn’t need Thor’s might right now, but the regular Jane Foster.
In doing so, the Odinson makes an impassioned plea for Jane to face the cancer that is eating away at her body as well. It seems fitting that the only person who could convince Jane to give up Mjolnir would be the very man who was forced to give it up without his consent. More than anyone, the Odinson knows the lure of being a Thor and the pain of having that power taken away. More, he also knows that there is power to be found and had outside of the hammer, and I think this is why Jane finally gives in to his pleas. As is seen later in the issue, when Jane finally gets Odin and Freyja to reveal themselves, this proves to be exactly the case.
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