10 Things Only Marvel Comics Fans Know About Thor The God Of Thunder
Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love And Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder excerpts from very recent comic book stories by writer Jason Aaron and artists like Esad Ribić and Russell Dauterman, who collectively featured Gorr the God Butcher and Jane Foster as Thor. But Marvel Comics fans know that Thor’s heroism dates back sixty years to the origins of the universe, and even further before Marvel even existed.
Thor’s rich comic book history has provided him with a roadmap through the MCU, and it also holds clues to his live-action future. Although the God of Thunder has led Marvel’s charge in both the comics and the movies, his story is far from over, as comic book fans surely know.
Tales of the unexpected
Comic book fans know that Thor debuted in Journey into mystery #83 in 1962 at the dawn of the Marvel Universe. But co-creator Jack Kirby actually introduced a Thor to DC Comics in 1957, by Tales of the unexpected #16. This version contains visual elements such as the circular medallions on Thor’s armor that would carry over to Marvel.
Kirby’s longstanding interest in gods and mythology – realized later in his grand vision for Eternals – connects this very obscure comic to the iconic Thor superhero who would appear five years later.
The Saga of the Celestials
Thor shares deep ties to the Eternals in Marvel Comics that the MCU is likely exploiting now that they’ve appeared in live-action. In The Saga of the Celestialsamong the best Thor comic storylines, Thor fights alongside his sometimes nemesis Hercules to help retake Olympus from the Eternals.
The Live-Action Arrival of Hercules on the Mid-Credits Stage in Thor: Love and Thunder also adds to the likelihood of this story coming to the screen in some form, perhaps with Omnipotence City replacing Olympus.
Fight Hercules for the first time (twice)
Comic book fans know that Hercules plays a major role in Thor comics and will likely do so in future Thor films. The two titans faced off for the first time in Thor Annual #1, but only due to a comeback several years later. For a long time at the start of the Marvel Universe, their first battle took place in avengers #10, when Immortus occasionally pulled Hercules out to fight Thor.
The Hercules in avengers #10 shared no connection with the one introduced in the annual, creating a plot hole. avengers forever in the late 1990s revealed that he was actually the Space Phantom in disguise.
Dr Donald Blake
The MCU presents Thor simply as himself, and he doesn’t use any alter egos on Earth. Comic book fans know that wasn’t the case at the start of his adventures. Odin seeks to teach his son humility, so he places him in the body of Donald Blake, a doctor on Earth. Blake transforms into Thor when he discovers Mjölnir and is also able to transform back by hitting the hammer against an object.
The comics later revealed that Blake had always been Thor but had lost his memories. Donald Blake’s character has fallen out of favor in the comics, and the MCU has avoided him altogether, except for a small Easter egg.
The Ultimate Comics Thor, among the best alternate versions of the character, took this concept to an extreme level. In Earth-1610, Thorlief Golmen suffers a nervous breakdown and believes he is the reincarnated thunder god. The comics highlighted doubt about his true identity and mental stability throughout his early adventures.
Although his identity and role in Ultimate Comics ultimately mirrored his Earth-616 version in many ways, he remained a radically different Thor than any other until his death in 2015. Secret Wars.
The Thor Body
Ultimate Thor is coming to Battleworld during Secret Wars through an incursion, the same universe-destroying event introduced into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There he joins the Thor Corps, God Emperor Doom’s personal police force, made up of variant Thors from across the Multiverse.
Fans should expect to see the Thor Corps in live-action given the direction the MCU seems to be heading, with many different Thors appearing, including some key comic book variants like Storm from the X-Men.
The storm becomes Thor
Just as Captain America has proven himself worthy of wielding Mjölnir in the MCU, so too might Storm one day. She did in What if..? #12 from 1990, where she became Thor. She also battled a variant of the frog Thor very different from the one originally introduced by writer and artist Walt Simonson in Thor #365, among the best Thor comics of the 1980s.
Storm’s elemental power aligns perfectly with the Hammer’s time-controlling properties, making this particular variant one of the strongest superheroes in the entire Marvel Universe.
Comic book fans know that Jane Foster becomes Thor in 2014, taking over when Odinson becomes unworthy. But Jane broke new ground in a much older comic, What if..? #ten. In this comic from the 1970s, Jane discovers the hammer instead of Donald Blake and she becomes Thordis, the goddess of thunder.
Thordis’ story unfolds similarly to Thor’s early adventures in Earth 616 continuity, though she chooses her unique name in honor of a Norwegian girl she went to school with. of nurses.
DC Comics characters like Superman and Batman feature super-powerful pets on their adventures, but Marvel Comics characters usually don’t. Comic book fans know that Thor has a dog, Thori, who easily ranks among the best super pets in the comics. Thori first appeared in 2011, a Hel pup born to Garm the Hel-Hound and Hel-Wolf.
Thori joined Thor and Loki on several adventures, and also accompanied Thor’s sister, Angela, as she traveled to Hel to retrieve the soul of her long-lost lover, Sera.
Thor’s sister Angela
MCU fans are very familiar with Thor’s controversial relationship with his brother Loki. Marvel Comics fans know that Thor’s family has grown in recent years to include a long-lost sister, Angela. While Hela has played this role somewhat in live action, there’s still a chance for Angela to appear in the MCU thanks to her connection to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Like Thor himself, Angela originally appeared in comics by another company. Angela first appeared in Spawn #9, an angelic bounty hunter co-created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane. Legal disputes over royalties eventually led to Gaiman gaining full control of her, then later selling her to Marvel.
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