Ragnarok from the cover of Civil War #4 (September 2006), artist Michael Turner.
|First appearance||Civil War #3 (July 2006)|
|Created by||Mark Millar (writer)
Steve Mcniven (artist)
|Team affiliations||Dark Avengers
|Notable aliases||Thor, Clor, Project Lightning|
|Abilities||Master hand to hand combatant
Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes
High-level resistance to injury
Immunity to all Earthly diseases
Via high tech hammer:
Energy absorption and projection
Ragnarok began appearing as a regular character in the Dark Avengers series, beginning with Dark Avengers #175.
Fictional character biography
When the real Thor was missing in action, presumed dead, Tony Stark took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the Avengers, and helped Reed Richards and Hank Pym clone the Asgardian DNA within, fusing him with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor. The clone was put into action during the superhero Civil War, sent to battle anti-registration heroes. The heroes were easily brought down by the clone, but Hercules helped the heroes to escape. The battle got out of hand when the clone murdered Goliath by blasting him through the chest and set out to kill the rest of the anti-registration heroes. Reed Richards deactivated the cyborg with a vocal code and later operated on his brain to prevent such a mishap from happening again. The new Thor returned during the final battle between the pro- and anti-registration heroes. He faced off against Hercules and Storm who defeat the clone by ramming his own hammer into his skull claiming it was an insult to the Odinson, and yelling 'Thou art no Thor'. The clone's remains were taken to Camp Hammond and stored in the laboratory for experimentation. Baron Von Blitzschlag tells Pym he admires his work, showing the Thor clone to demonstrate this.
During the Secret Invasion storyline, it was revealed that the Hank Pym who helped create the clone was actually a Skrull impostor who had placed a program into the cloned Thor's remains as a contingency in case of the invasion's failure. Unless a special code which only the Skrull knew was input every eighteen days, the clone would reawaken. With the Skrull imposter's death during the Invasion, this event came to pass during the Dark Reign storyline. Malfunctioning, and believing himself to be the true Thor, the clone believed he had been imprisoned in Camp Hammond. He threatened Baron Von Blitzschlag into returning his hammer to him and set out to destroy the Initiative. The clone swiftly defeated the Initiative's forces and the New Warriors, who had arrived to help. During that time, he took on the name Ragnarok (which the Baron had called him, declaring that he would "bring the end of all that is"). Ragnarok was only stopped when Von Blitzschlag, whose electrical powers made him immune to Ragnarok's lightning, arrived on the battlefield. The Baron showed Ragnarok footage of his creation, and showed him that the real Thor had returned and had formed a new Asgard above the city. Disgusted by what he perceived as Asgard's "indignity", Ragnarok left Camp Hammond to confront the real Thor.
During the Siege storyline, Volstagg encounters Ragnarok after being released from jail by the Broxton sheriff. Volstagg fights him on an open field to avoid more deaths, but Volstagg is defeated. Thor later fights Ragnarok and easily destroys him.
Norman Osborn later has A.I.M. work on rebuilding Ragnarok so that he can join his second incarnation of the Dark Avengers. Ragnarok is rebuilt under Norman Osborn's control and sent to confront the New Avengers. Ragnarok is heavily damaged in the fight, suffering multiple injuries while fighting Wolverine before Spider-Man throws Iron Fist at him, where Iron Fist's chi-punch nearly destroys him. Ragnarok reappears alongside the former Dark Avengers as one of the new Thunderbolts.
Ragnarok and the Dark Avengers team are thrown into the alternate world of Earth-13584 with John Walker where they are captured by that world's version of Iron Man. Iron Man assumes that Mister Fantastic is responsible for Ragnarok and flies off. Having gotten control of this world's Hank Pym, June Covington learns the history of this reality and then uses some Stark teleportation technology to remove a device from Ragnarok's brain. When Barney Barton wakes up in Iron Man's lab to see U.S. Agent restored, he also sees that Ragnarok is still unconscious and Ai Apaec is in miniature form. Iron Man returns to his tower and finds that Henry Pym is experimenting on Ragnarok by removing his control implant. Moonstone and Ragnarok arrive at the site where this Earth's Thor died fighting Hulk and where Thor's hammer Mjolnir lies. Ragnarok acknowledges that he is just a copy of the real Thor and that he does not know who or what he is. He then grasps the hammer. Lightning then strikes and Ragnarok emerges with a new bald look and goatee. Ragnarok then comes crashing down devastating Thing's monsters. As this reality was starting to the sliver of time that A.I.M. having claimed starting to be distorted, the Dark Avengers race to find the A.I.M. base. Their arrival is detected and the A.I.M. agents attempt to close the sliver gate, but Ragnarok manages to keep it open for the entire team to enter. Ragnarok and the rest of the Dark Avengers were able to return to their world.
Powers and abilities
As a cyborg clone of Thor, Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of the God of Thunder, (prior to Thor's recent acquisition of the Odinforce) including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, godly stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to all Earthly diseases, and superhuman agility and reflexes.
Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted Mjolnir, is constructed of a vibranium and adamantium alloy. The hammer is able to absorb and discharge lightning, like the true Mjolnir, and has circuitry within its head, which allows Ragnarok to direct it mentally. However, unlike Mjolnir, it can be picked up or lifted by others.
During a visit to Earth-13584, Ragnarok acquires that universe's version of Mjolnir and is accepted as worthy to wield it, changing him into what would seem to be a mortal being making him one of the few characters worthy to wield Mjolnir.
In a "What If? Civil War" scenario titled "What if Iron Man Lost the Civil War," Iron Man confronted Captain America and admitted that while he felt he was doing the right thing, he was worried that he was going about it the wrong way and that he would need Cap's help. This admission prompts Captain America to not use the concealed device that would disable Iron Man's armor. Unfortunately, an agent on board the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier detected the device and released Ragnarok prematurely. Reed Richards was quickly knocked out and when Ragnarok tried to kill Bill Foster, Iron Man leapt in front of him to stop the blast. When Ragnarok attempted to kill Iron Man, Captain America held him off long enough for his armor to repair itself. The two of them joined forces, which inspired every other hero in the pro/anti-registration conflict to join together to defeat Ragnarok.
In other media
- Ragnarok appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. He appears in Spec-Ops #12 where he is a member of Dell Rusk's Dark Avengers.
- Ragnarok is a collectable character and frequent enemy in Marvel Puzzle Quest.
- A figure of Ragnarok was released in Hasbro's 3.75" Marvel Universe Gigantic Battles line, packaged with a 12" Goliath figure.
- Mark Millar. Civil War #3; September 2006
- Mark Millar. Civil War #4; October 2006
- Mark Millar. Civil War #7; January 2007
- Christos N. Gage (w), Humberto Ramos (p), Edgar Delgato (i). "Avengers: The Initiative Dissembled" Avengers: The Initiative 21 (February 2009), Marvel Comics
- Christos N. Gage (w), Humberto Ramos (p), Edgar Delgato (i). "Avengers: The Initiative Dissembled" Avengers: The Initiative 22 (April 2009), Marvel Comics
- Thor #607
- Thor #610
- New Avengers Vol. 2 #18
- New Avengers vol. 2 #20
- New Avengers vol. 2 #21
- Thunderbolts vol. 1 #175
- Dark Avengers #184
- Dark Avengers #185
- Dark Avengers #186
- Dark Avengers #187
- Dark Avengers #189
- Dark Avengers #190
- What If? Civil War #1