And we're back! For those of you keeping track, this is the third installment in my '10 Things You May Not Have Known About' series. The previous two articles can be found here:
For many of today's Marvel fans, the movies are what first attracted them to the decades-old company. Seeing as many fans have yet to delve into the world of Marvel Comics, I've done a bit of the dirty work for you, and now present to you 10 things you may not have known about Asgard's Golden Child, Thor.
1. Thor was born in Norway. In a cave.
Before the time of Thor's birth, Odin sought to father a son who had roots in both Asgard and Midgard (Earth), and so he chose Jord, also known as Gaea, who was an Elder Goddess who once inhabited Earth. Odin's reasoning behind this is that it would give Thor power deriving from both realms, thus uniting them and making Thor stronger than anyone from either realm. Odin carved out a cave in Norway for Jord to give birth in, and, months later, Odin brought Thor back to Asgard where he and his wife, Frigga, raised him.
Centuries later, after Thor had been banished to Earth to learn humility, Odin saw that his son had done good on Earth in his mortal persona Donald Blake.
Realizing that Thor had once again become worthy of wielding Mjolnir, Odin placed it in the cave where Thor was born, and guided his son to the hammer, where Thor finally raised his beloved Mjolnir once again.
2. Thor temporarily worked with the Nazis of World War II
Early on in World War II, Hitler's obsession with myths and legends led him to successfully contact Thor. By hiding the atrocities the Nazi's were committing, and telling him the Germans were descendant of the Germanic tribes that once worshiped him, Hitler convinced Thor to help him . Thor temporarily aided them. After discovering the cruelty the Nazi's were behind, Thor left the war entirely, not desiring to make any more mistakes.
3. Thor is not the only one worthy of Mjolnir
Okay, maybe you did know this one, but what you really may not know is just how many characters are worthy of Mjolnir. For the sake of not complicating things, I'll be sticking to the MCU and Earth-616 versions of the Marvel universe. Here they are listed below:
- Thor (duh)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers)
- Beta Ray Bill
- Jane Foster (The current Thor)
- Storm (Ororo Monroe)
- Wonder Man (Simon Williams)
- Loki, when he was hit by an inversion spell that inverted his moral compass
- Thunderstrike (Eric Masterson)
- Bor (Thor's Grandfather)
- Buri (Thor's Great-Grandfather)
- Throg (the frog version of Thor... yeah...)
- Roger (Red) Norvell
As the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir states, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall posses the power of Thor". Therefore, if you can wield Mjolnir you are, for all intents and purposes, equal in power to the God of Thunder. Recently, however, the worthiness enchantment was altered to prevent Thor, Odin, and the Warriors Three from being able to lift Mjolnir, regardless of worthiness. This occurred when Nick Fury whispered an unknown phrase to Thor in the heat of battle, eventually leading to Jane Foster, Thor's ex-love interest who is now battling cancer in her mortal form, becoming the All-New, All-Different Thor.
4. Thor ruled Earth for 200 years
After losing touch with his humanity, Thor was determined to re-institute the worship of Asgardians on Earth. This eventually lead to the establishment of The Church of Thor in the country of Slokovia (not Sokovia from Age of Ultron). The tyrannical Slokovian government was not happy with this, and attempted to put an end to Thor's worship. Thor intervened on his worshiper's behalf, leading to the Avengers attempting to stop Thor in order to prevent an international incident. After this fight, Thor was attacked by the Consortium of Nations, who used nuclear attacks to destroy Asgard. Thor then attacked the humans, losing an arm in the battle and becoming unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. After ruling the Earth for nearly 200 years, Thor realized the gravity of his mistake and used a time-traveling device to go back to before he lost his humanity in order to prevent that future from occurring.
5. Tony Stark created a clone of Thor
During the Marvel Comics event Civil War, it is revealed that Tony Stark had a contingency plan to create a clone of Thor in case he ever needed it. After the first ever meeting of the Avengers, Stark found a single strand of Thor's hair, and kept it for his contingency plan. Realizing that he had to boost the strength of the pro-registration side of the war, Tony enlisted the help of Reed Richards and Hank Pym to create the clone, code-named Lightening, also known as Ragnarok. Ragnarok's only battle deployment ended in tragedy, as Ragnarok killed the anti-registration hero known as Goliath, a.k.a Bill Foster. After this battle, the clone was deactivated and dismantled. Many have speculated that Thor's third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok, would involve the clone Ragnarok in some way, but it seems that this is not the case, with the direction being more similar to Ragnarok, the end times.
6. Thor created Asgard in Oklahoma
After a destruction of Asgard, Thor called upon the powers of Mjolnir to create a floating City of Asgard above Oklahoma near the town of Broxton. Tony Stark then confronted Thor, claiming he couldn't just create Asgard wherever he wanted. Thor informed Tony that he knew about his clone Ragnarok that was used to battle Captain America's anti-registration side in Civil War, and how offended he was at that. Tony and Thor negotiated for Asgard to become a foreign embassy, granting its citizens diplomatic immunity.
7. Thor killed his grandfather
Loki traveled to a past battle between the Frost Giants and the Asgardians that All-Father Bor had participated in, and abducted Bor from battle. Resurrecting him in modern times, Loki placed a curse upon him that made all living things appear as demons to the Asgardian. Bor then attacked his grandson Thor, who was forced to kill him. During the battle, Mjolnir was severely damaged and had to be repaired later by Doctor Strange.
8. Thor has a sister
In the Marvel storyline 'Original Sin', Thor discovered Uatu, the Watcher, murdered on Earth's moon. While investigating the murder with fellow Avengers, The Watcher's Eye exploded, revealing a deep secret to all those caught in its explosion. Revealed to Thor was the existence of a tenth realm that had been secluded from the other nine realms. With help from Loki, Thor reconnected the tenth realm to the other nine, only to be attacked by its inhabitants. This new realm was called Heven and its inhabitants Angels. Thor was captured by the Angels thanks to an Angel named Angela. After Odin discovered what had happened, he arrived in Heven in time to stop another fight between Angela and an escaped Thor. Upon seeing Angela, Odin recognized her as his daughter. Angela was then banned from Heven due to her Asgardian lineage.
9. Thor vs. Hulk
The reason I simply put 'Thor vs. Hulk' for this one is that this fight has been a topic of legendary debate for fans of both heroes for decades. I am not going to take a side in this vicious debate, or put a nail in who is officially stronger, I'm just going to state the facts. When Stan 'The Man' Lee created Thor, he wanted to top his last creation, the Incredible Hulk. Seeing as Hulk is the strongest human, Stan decided to create Thor, a god. Stan Lee still, to this day, holds that Thor is stronger than Hulk. However Hulk fans claim that Hulk wins the fight due to the fact that the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets, in theory giving him unlimited strength. Thor fans, however, will point out that Thor has defeated many much more powerful enemies than the Hulk. The Marvel Comics Database Power Grid rates both heroes at the max level, 7, and states that the Hulk has "potentially unlimited strength". Most of the fights between these two heroes end in stalemates, and in the end the result of the fight comes down to writer's opinion.
10. Thor... is not Thor...
After becoming unworthy of Mjolnir, Thor began wielding his battle-ax Jarnbjorn in battle, temporarily become evil and battled Loki who had become worthy of Mjolnir. Both brother's sudden change of heart was due to an inversion spell. After both brothers were changed back to their old selves by another inversion spell, Loki gave up the fight due to guilt of his evil actions, and Thor still couldn't lift Mjolnir. Thor later fought an army of Frost Giants commanded by the Dark Elf Malekith. During the battle, Malekith gained possession of Jarnbjorn and used it to cleave Thor's left arm from his body. Thor received a black-uru made prosthetic arm in its place. A new Thor, a woman who was worthy of Mjolnir, then defeated the same army of Frost Giants and Malekith. Thor Odinson confronted this new Thor, and after much discussion and some fighting, relinquished the title of Thor to her. He would now go by the name Odinson. While attempting to prevent the collapse of the multiverse alongside the Avengers, Odinson stole the Mjolnir of an alternate dimension Thor. This version could only be lifted by the unworthy, allowing Odinson to use it and take the name Thorr. Thorr gave his life shortly thereafter fighting valiantly against an army of Beyonders from alternate dimensions.
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