Thor (Marvel)

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Thor Odinson in Thor v5 #1.

Thor is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.

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Biography

Origin

Thor Odinson

Avenger

Unworthy

After plunging himself into the Sun, he sacrificed his eye to the World Tree for knowledge on how to end the war. This saw him gaining this knowledge where he summoned the past and future version of himself who were joined by Jane Foster who once more became Thor after claiming the hammer of the War Thor. Together, they bypassed the spell of Malekith that only allowed Thor entry with the four heroes arriving to save Odin along with Freyja. Initially, the Thors were overpowered by the Dark Elf due to his use of the Venom Symbiote but the Odinson tapped into the power of the Mother Storm which released Mjolnir whose power was used to defeat Malekith. The Dark Elf in desperation attempted to have his hounds attack the heroes but the beasts sensed his fear and turned on him with Malekith seemingly being killed thus bringing an end to the War of the Realms. By this point, Thor had come to terms with his status and that of Mjolnir which could once more be wielded by him. His father Odin in recognition of his son's actions decided to step down and name Thor the new Lord of Asgard who had become the King of the Asgardians. (War of the Realms v1 #6)

King Thor

Entering into the dark cloud, he was confronted by the Black Winter itself which took the form of Thor's various foes. It showed all his deaths to him and prophecised his final future demise. The Odinson came to unleash a powerful God-Blast against the entity where he demanded it reveal itself. It was then that the Black Winter took a form that was a dark reflection of the god of thunder and revealed that it was not here to bring its doom but rather it had come for its herald namely Galactus himself. (Thor v6 #5)

In an effort to find the truth, Thor decided that he needed to enter the elder-sleep like how he used to do when he and Donald Blake shared bodies. Thus, he asked his brother Loki for help whilst Thor switched places with Blake but something went wrong and found that he could not commune with the old kings. Instead, he found himself trapped in the idyllic world that was crafted for Blake to serve as a temporary place until he switched with Thor. However, in the years since their last switch, Blake came to learn the truth that this world was a false one and driven mad as a result where he killed the people that inhabited it. (Thor v6 #9)

Overview

Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

He was also capable of bringing the entire weight of his godly power into forming a powerful and devastating God-Blast. (Thor v6 #5)

The axe was later given a special magical enchantment that had been made by the Asgardians for use against the Celestials. This allowed it to pierce Celestial armour but broke the terms with the space gods meaning that it became cursed with it regarded as a Wrecker of Worlds. (Uncanny Avengers v1 #6)

The enchanted belt of strength when worn increased the wearers strength. (Journey into Mystery v1 91)

Upon being made king, he had access to the great book of kings that was written and read only by the lord of Asgard. Within its infinite pages contained the collected history until the present. (Thor v6 #8)

When sharing a body with Donald Blake, the two would regularly swap positions with the mortal ending up in an idyllic world crafted by Odin. Meanwhile, Thor when switching places was transported into the elder-sleep where he could commune with the spirits and the old dead kings. (Thor v6 #9)

During Ragnarok, Thor went through the same trials that gave his father his great power by undergoing the Seid or the Knowing of the Runes. This involved sacrificing both his eyes for the power of wisdom from Mimir's Well and than hanging himself from the branches of Yggdrasil. The magic afforded to him allowed Thor to know the past, control the present and guide the future. By destroying himself was he being reborn and he came to know the magic of the runes. This combined with the Odinforce made him incredibly powerful as he was easily able to deal with the Mangog and devastate the city of Asgard that was under Loki's control. (Thor v2 #84)

Notes

  • Thor was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby where he made his first appearance in Journey into Mystery v1 #83 (August, 1962).
  • The character was based on the Norse mythological character Thor.

Alternate Versions

  • In Thor v2 #67 (2003), an alternate version of the character known as Lord Thor was shown during the events of the Reigning as an inhabitant of Earth-3515. This version wanted to bring the realm eternal to the mortal world and bring about peace among mankind but was attacked by humanity leading to the city of Asgard's destruction. As a result, Thor decided to enforce his rule and made his home and that of the Asgardians on Earth in New York where they kept the mortals under their control.
  • In Avengers Disassembled, an alternate Thor was shown who inherited the Odinforce from his father and also sacrificed both his eyes in the Well of Mimir gaining ultimate knowledge of the past, present and future. (Thor v2 #84)
  • In What If? Thor v1 #1 (2018), an alternate version of history was shown in a What If where Laufey had killed Odin long ago. The young Thor was then kidnapped by the Frost Giants to be raised as a Prince of Jotunheim where he grew into a favoured son of Laufey as the God of Winter. During this time, he came to meet his adoptive brother Loki with the two striking a friendship though Laufey's son came to resent the Asgardian as he came to be highly regarded by his father.

In other media

Television

  • In The Marvel Super-Heroes, Thor appeared in the 1966 animated "The Mighty Thor" shorts where he was voiced by actor Chris Wiggin.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thor was a cast in member in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Rick D. Wasserman.

Films

  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Thor, the character made his first appearance in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth.
    • In Avengers, Thor returned in the live-action film where he was portrayed again by actor Chris Hemsworth.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Thor starred in the live-action sequel film where he was portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor returned to the live-action film where he was portrayed once more by Chris Hemsworth.

Video games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Thor appeared as a playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Cam Clarke.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Thor appeared as a playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Jim Cummings.
  • In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Thor appeared as a playable character in the video game where he was voiced again by actor Rick D. Wasserman.

Appearances

  • Journey into Mystery v1: (1962)
  • Thor v1:
  • Avengers v1:
  • Thor v2:
  • Mighty Thor:
  • Thor: God of Thunder:
  • Thor v5:
  • War of the Realms v1:
  • Avengers v6:
  • Thor v6: (2020)

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