Marvel fans have been presented with many different interpretations of Thor since his debut in the MCU. He started out as an arrogant, Shakespearian-speaking God in the original Thor movie, and he’s evolved into a more open-hearted and relatable character in the newer movies directed by Taika Waititi.
With fans wondering how Thor will differ from his other movie adaptations in the upcoming, Thor: Love and Thunder, it is easy to forget some of the small details of this iconic character that have been referenced or alluded to over the course of his many film appearances or have only so far been shown in Marvel comics.
Thor and Sif
Probably one of the more known facts about Thor is that he was not invented out of thin air. Thor and his family are all characters based on Norse mythology. In Norse mythology, Thor is the God of thunder, the sky, and agriculture, and he is husband to Sif, or, as fans know her in the MCU, Lady Sif.
What is even more shocking is that this relationship also played a major role in the Marvel comics When Thor was married to Lady Sif. In the MCU, the only relationship that’s been shown so far for the God of Thunder was with Jane Foster. It would be very interesting, however, to see a relationship between Thor and Lady Sif emerge in the near future now that Thor and Jane are several years post-breakup.
Thor Has More Enchanted Gear Than Mjolnir and Stormbreaker
There are some pretty amazing MCU character duos, but none tops that of Thor’s relationship with Mjolner. Korg famously pokes fun at his strong relationship with the enchanted hammer, and he’s forced to replace it with Stormbringer after it’s destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
What fans might not know, however, is that Thor also has other enchanted gear in the comics such as a Belt of Strength called Megingjord, which, as its name implies, enhances Thor’s strength. In fact, it was actually the Valkyrie who gifted Thor this weapon on the orders of Odin, and with Valkyrie making a prominent appearance in this next Thor movie, it’s possible that this new weapon will show face.
Throg, The Frog Of Thunder
During the play scene in Thor: Ragnarok, Loki’s actor mentions turning Thor into a frog. Surprisingly, this was not the only time Thor as a frog is mentioned. In episode 5 of the Loki series, when Loki descends into variant Loki’s shelter in The Void, fans see a quick pan to a frog trapped in a jar wearing a cape and Thor’s iconic helmet.
This is a direct reference to Walter Simon’s comic book run in which Loki briefly turned Thor into a frog. In this comic run, Thor not only makes friends with another frog named Puddlegulp, but he shares his powers with him as well, a true testament to Thor’s lovable nature.
Thor Was Sent To Earth By Odin As Punishment
Fans know the storyline from the first Thor movie in which Odin sends Thor to Earth as a punishment for being impulsive and arrogant. Thereafter, Loki spurs up trouble, causing Thor to regain his title and worthiness as the God of Thunder. However, MCU fans may not know that there is more to the story than what was depicted on the screen.
In the comic book “Journey into Mystery # 83,” as punishment for his battle-hungry mentality, Thor was also sent to Earth as a punishment. It was much more severe of a punishment, though, as instead of remembering his life on Asgard, as he did in the Thor movie, he instead had his memory wiped and lived his life as Dr. Donald Blake, a physician with a limp.
The Goat Charriot
In Norse mythology and the comic book runs, Thor actually has a Greek-looking chariot that is pulled by giant goats. The magic goats in the comics are named Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, two very weird names that could only be given to the goats by Thor. In addition to carrying Thor, the chariot is also capable of traveling through space among the nine realms.
With the Bifrost destroyed in the MCU, it can be assumed that the chariot pulled by goats in the Thor: Love and Thunder will also be able to travel the nine realms without a problem. What is interesting is that the MCU is introducing this chariot in the next movie, even giving the goats their own poster, making it obvious to the fans that the chariot might play a decent-sized role in the upcoming film.
Thor And His Grandfather
In an iconic scene in Thor: Dark World, Thor attempts to escape the Asgardian palace unseen. In doing so, Thor cuts off the head of his grandfather’s statue to which Loki delivers one of his funniest quotes, exclaiming, “well done, you’ve just decapitated your grandfather.”
Despite this quote acting as a nice laugh for the fans, there is actually a deeper meaning. In the Marvel comics, Thor ends up killing his grandfather as part of a scheme enacted by Loki. So, while this line in the MCU is hilarious, it is Loki’s plan and escape route that caused Thor to behead his grandfather, a subtle and dark nod to the comic book run.
Thor and Time Travel
It is well known to Marvel fans that in Avengers Endgame, the Avengers build a time machine in order to retrieve all of the Infinity Stone to bring the snapped population back. Figuring out the logistics behind time travel took Tony a decent amount of time in the movie, but if the Avengers knew Mjolnir gave Thor the ability to time travel in the comics, all of their work would’ve been a lot easier.
In the comics, Mjolnir can spin faster than light, giving Thor the ability to open a portal into the fourth division, allowing him to time travel. This handy feature with the popular hammer could’ve saved time and stress for the Avengers in Endgamethough introducing easy and instant time travel may have created writing problems for the series later on.
Thor Is Not Immortal
1500 years old is a decent amount of time spent living, but what the fans might not know is despite Thor’s age, he is not immortal. Given that his father passed in Thor: Ragnarok, fans might have assumed that Asgardians were mortal to some extent, however, Odin chose to pass at his own will, a passing fitting of a God. Thor and the Asgardians in Marvel comics do have some level of immortality, but it is not natural.
On Asgard, there are The Golden Apples of Idunn, which give the Asgardians their immortality. When these apples are not eaten, their immortality vanishes and the once Gods become mortal. It’s possible that this could play a role in the films as well with old Asgard, and presumably, the Golden Apples, being destroyed by Surter.
Thor Has Three Siblings
Loki and Hela are Thor’s siblings in the MCU, but Thor actually has another sibling named Atum. Just when fans thought Hela was the strongest out of Odin’s children, Atum comes up as having the most power as the God of the Sun. Even though he has the power of the Sun, Atum’s traits do not end there.
Atum has the ability to swallow Gods and take their powers, an ability Doctor Strange was able to take advantage of in the What If series. Phase 4 has had many new characters, and introducing Atum into the mix would defiantly stir up the pot of villains this phase is currently keeping tabs on.
Thor Can Create Chasms
Fans can hope that Thor does not get angry enough to use this unseen power, but in the comics, Thor has the ability to open chasms in the Earth. This happened to Loki in a Marvel event known as the “Acts of Vengeance.”
Loki, in this event, has fooled Thor into thinking he is a “good guy,” when in fact he is scheming after becoming annoyed with the number of heroes currently around. As punishment, Thor opens the Earth and seals Loki within the piles of rubble. While Thor might seem like a chill guy in the current MCU, it might come as a shock that he is quick and ruthless with his powers in the comics.
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