Alternative versions of Thor (Marvel Comics)

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Alternate versions of Thor
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby
See also Thor (Marvel Comics) in other media

This is a page that shows the alternative versions of Thor, based on the mythological character.

In mainstream comic continuity[edit]

Red Norvell[edit]

Part of a documentary crew brought to Asgard by Loki, Roger "Red" Norvell meets and falls in love with Lady Sif. Red Norvell is given Thor's Iron Gauntlets and Belt of Strength by Loki to compete with Thor for Sif's affections, beating him and taking his hammer, with neither realizing this was part of a master plan by Odin to create a surrogate God of Thunder to die fighting the Serpent of Ragnarok and fulfill the prophecy.[1]

Beta Ray Bill[edit]

Beta Ray Bill is the champion of the Korbinites, an alien race. Debuting in Thor #337, the character was initially intended to be a surprise as an apparent monster who unexpectedly proves to be actually a great hero. As such, Bill becomes the first being outside of the Marvel Universe's Norse pantheon to be deemed worthy enough to wield Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. After an initial rivalry for possession of the weapon, both the Thunder God and the alien warrior reconciled as staunch allies. Bill is granted a war hammer of his own called Stormbreaker, which grants him the same powers as Thor.[2] He has since made numerous appearances.

Eric Masterson[edit]

Eric Masterson is initially bonded with Thor after Thor is punished for apparently killing Loki. Masterson carries the mantle of Thor for several years, continuing his roles as a member of the Avengers and protector of Midgard. Thor is eventually freed from Eric's mind, and asks that he continue serving as God of Thunder. Tricked by the Enchantress Masterson attacks Thor, and soon after relinquishes the hammer to Thor. In gratitude for his services, Odin provides Masterson with an enchanted mace, which he uses under the alias of Thunderstrike.[3]

Dargo Ktor[edit]

Dargo Ktor is the host of a 26th-century version of Thor, who is empowered when holding Mjolnir, a subject of worship in that century.[4]

Female Thor[edit]

The female Thor on the cover of Thor vol. 4, #1 (October 2014). Art by Russell Dauterman and Frank Martin.

Marvel announced that in October 2014 there will be a new Thor who is female.[5] As revealed in the aftermath of the "Original Sin" storyline, Thor lost his ability to wield Mjolnir, which was later found by an unidentified woman who obtains both the Asgardian's power and name.[6] Thor, to set himself apart from his successor, briefly used battle axe Jarnbjorn before obtaining the Mjolnir of an alternate universe and renaming himself Thorr.[7]

Alternative continuities[edit]

1602[edit]

A version of Thor appears with an alter ego of an elderly Christian priest named Donal—an allusion to Thor's original secret identity Donald Blake. Donal fears and despises his alter-ego, believing that the shared existence will damn him.[8]

2099[edit]

Set in the year 2099, the role of Thor is taken by a man named Cecil MacAdam, who belongs to a class of priests known as "Thorites" who worship the original version of Thor. Avatarr, the CEO of Alchemax, grants him and others the powers of the Norse gods, along with brainwashing that both convinces them they are the gods and keeps them under his control[9] Later, in "2099: Manifest Destiny", a rejuvenated Steve Rogers finds Mjolnir and becomes the new Thor. He gives Mjolnir to Miguel O'Hara (Spider-Man 2099) at the end of the story.[volume & issue needed]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

In the Amalgam Comics universe, Thor is joined with Orion to form Thorion [10] Thorion was the son of Thanoseid (Thanos/Darkseid), but was traded to All-Highfather Odin in order to seal a truce between the realms of Apokolips and New Asgard.[volume & issue needed]

During one adventure, L'ok D'saad (An amalgamation of Loki and Desaad), he for whom Thorion was traded, sought to use the Mother Cube and its Infinity Essence to awaken the Sleeping One called Surtur and bring about a second Ragnarok that would end everything. Thorion, however, invoked the power of the Source via his hammer to halt L'ok's evil wishes. Because of the great energies released during their conflict, Thorion was remade into a cosmic being known as The Celestial.[volume & issue needed]

In Unlimited Access, a limited series which further explored themes introduced in DC vs. Marvel, the hero known as Access formed an amalgamation of what appeared to be the Silver Age versions of Thor and Superman (in his then-current blue energy form). Together, they were known as Thor-El.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel Mangaverse[edit]

A version of Thor appears briefly and aids the heroes against an other-world version of the villain Dormammu.[11]

Marvel Noir[edit]

While Thor does not appear in Marvel Noir, the Noir version of Baron Zemo reveals that his castle was previously inhabited by a mad Norse Man who believed that he was a God of Asgard, and would frequently attack people with a hammer. Zemo holds up his skeleton, and the skull is wearing a helmet reminiscent of Thor's original helmet in the 616 continuity.[12]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

Briefly, Thor appears as a cannibalistic zombie wielding a makeshift version of a hammer composed of a concrete block and pipe as he is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnir, which he breaks when trying to attack the Silver Surfer. When the Silver Surfer is finally struck down, only a handful of zombies manage to eat a piece of his body, and Thor is not one of them. Those who did consume the Silver Surfer acquire his cosmic powers, and Thor, along with the rest of the zombies, is seemingly slaughtered. Giant-Man can be seen throwing away his skeleton after burning his body.[volume & issue needed]

In Marvel Zombies 2, Thor briefly makes a cameo appearance after since the cosmic-powered Hulk killed a number of zombies because of his hunger pains, declaring that he will kill and devour everyone in the place.[volume & issue needed]

But in Marvel Zombies: Dead Days- a one shot prequel to the main events of the Zombie universe-, Thor is amongst the heroes on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier who survived the first wave of the zombie plague. After Reed Richards was driven insane following his construction of a device to travel to other universes, Thor, on Nick Fury's orders, destroyed the device rather than using it to escape to another dimension unaffected by the virus, in order to ensure that what had happened to their world couldn't happen to another.[13]

Spider-Ham[edit]

Thor appears as a dog called Thrr The Dog of Thunder.[14]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

Main article: Ultimate Thor

Thor is a member of the superhero team the Ultimates in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.[15] Despite his claims to be a Norse god, he is regarded by many to be delusional during the first months of his career. It is not until he is seen summoning an army of Asgardian warriors to fend off an attack on Washington DC by demonic forces commanded by Loki that Thor's teammates realize he is exactly who he says he is.[16]

What If?[edit]

In an early What If story, Jane Foster discovered the stick rather than Donald Blake, spending time as a female Thor (called Thordis) before she was recalled to Asgard, allowing Odin to return the hammer to its rightful owner, although Jane went on to be elevated to godhood so that she could marry Odin.[volume & issue needed]

In What If Rogue possessed the power of Thor?, Rogue accidentally permanently absorbed Thor when she and Mystique attempted to break the Brotherhood out of prison, resulting in her killing most of the Avengers and the Brotherhood when she was unable to cope with Thor's power. Although Loki attempted to manipulate her into waging war on Asgard after she was able to lift Thor's hammer, the sight of Odin's genuine sense of loss allowed Thor's remnants to manifest in her subconscious, affirming that he was an ideal as well as a person, allowing Rogue to inherit his power and position as she became the new Thor.[17]

In What if Thor was the Herald of Galactus?, Galactus comes to devour Asgard. His herald kills Sif and Thor kills the herald in revenge. Galactus then announces that Asgard has fed him enough, and asks Thor to become his new herald in exchange for leaving Asgard alone. Thor agrees and directs Galactus to worlds with bloodthirsty races he deems worthy of destruction. Until the day Munnin, one of Odin's ravens, reaches him to inform him that Odin is dead and Asgard has fallen. Thor returns to Asgard, now under control of Loki and the frost giants, who reveal that Galactus' coming to Asgard was part of his plan to weaken Odin. After recovering Mjolnir, which he left behind, Thor guides Galactus to Asgard to feed in order to defeat Loki, since Asgard is an insult to what it once was. Thor frees Balder and the other imprisoned Asgardians, telling them to flee to Midgard. Thor defeats Loki, but continues being Galactus' herald: if he can be bold enough to decide which world is to be devoured, he is still worthy of wielding Mjolnir. On Earth, Balder becomes the premier super hero of Chicago. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thor #273
  2. ^ Thor #337–340
  3. ^ Thor #391
  4. ^ Thor Corps #1–4 (1993).
  5. ^ "Marvel Proudly Presents Thor - News - Marvel.com". marvel.com. 
  6. ^ Aaron, Jason (w), Dauterman, Russll (a), Wilson, Matthew (col), Sabino, Joe (let), Moss, Will (ed). Thor v4, 1 (October 2014)
  7. ^ "Marvel's new Thor will be a woman". The Verge. Vox Media. 
  8. ^ Marvel 1602 #1–8 (November 2003 – June 2004)
  9. ^ Spider-Man 2099 #15 (1994)
  10. ^ Thorion of the New Asgods #1 (June 1997)
  11. ^ Marvel Mangaverse (2000–2002)
  12. ^ Iron Man Noir #3
  13. ^ Marvel Zombies #1–5 (February−June 2006)
  14. ^ "Tails of Arfgard" backup feature in Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5 (Jan. (1986)
  15. ^ First appearance in Ultimates #1–13 (March 2002 – April 2004)
  16. ^ Ultimates, vol.2 #13
  17. ^ What If vol. 2 #66
  18. ^ What if Thor #1 (February 2006)