Posted: Jan 15 2015
by: Neal Haworth

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10 Fun Facts About Thor



#1) Thor Isn't a God

Based on the dialog spoken in the movies, you may assume that Thor, Loki and Odin are gods. While they certainly possess some god-like characteristics, such as strength and longevity, neither Thor nor any other Asgardian is a god. In fact, Thor isn't even immortal – a trait that's often associated with the “God of Thunder.” The Asgardians maintain their longevity and super-human strength by consuming the Golden Apples of Idunn. When Thor or any other Asgardian begins to experience low strength/energy, he or she will pick a Golden Apple and easy it, rejuvenating their levels back to super-hero status.

#2) The Hammer Isn't His Only Weapon

Forged by Dwarven blacksmiths as a gift to the gods, the Mjolnir is Thor's weapon of choice. It possesses several powerful enchantments, including the ability to summon lightning, wind and rain by stamping its handle to the ground, change weather patterns, open portals to other dimensions, and transform the wielder into the guise of a mortal. The side of the Mjolnir contains the following inscription: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

But the Mjolnir isn't Thor's only weapon. The God of Thunder also possess a mystic Belt of Strength, which grants him double strength when worn. And Thor's magical iron gloves allow him to pick up and wield the Mjolnir. These items plays an important role in Thor's combat abilities, allowing him to take on large groups of enemies at once.

#3) Thor First Appeared In 1962

No, Chris Hemsworth didn't begin Thor's story. The legendary Marvel comic creator Stan Lee is credited with the God of Thunder's creation back in 1962. Lee first debuted Thor in the anthology comics titled Journey into Mystery #83. This anthology series was initially launched as a horror-fantasy graphic by Marvel Comics and Atlas Comics. However, Journey into Mystery later focused primarily on the story of Thor. A second version of Journey into Mystery was released in 1972, with a total of 19 issues being released. The new Thor comics continue to follow the episode path presented in the Journey into Mystery series.

If you have a collection of old Marvel comics laying around in your attic, you should check to see if it contains the first comic featuring Thor. While comic prices fluctuate, Journey into Mystery #83 is currently selling for $2,500 to $4,500 on eBay.

#4) Other People Can Wield Thor's Hammer

Thor's hammer, the Mjolnir, contains a magical enchantment which prevents just any ordinary Joe from picking it up – and that's probably a good thing considering the enormous of power it yields. Only people who are deemed worthy of its power can wield the Mjolnir. This includes Thor, as well as several other individuals with super-human strength. Captain America successfully picked up the Mjolnir (which didn't please Thor). The alien Beta Ray Bill also picked up Thor's hammer for a brief period of time. Even Throg, a human-turned-frog, picked up the Mjolnir. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the Hulk wield this powerful hammer, but it would be a pretty cool story he ever does!

#5) Thor's Parallel To Norse Mythology

There's an undeniable similarity between Thor (and the other Asgardians) and Norse Legend. In 2002, Stan Lee confirmed that Thor was based largely on Norse mythology. Lee envisioned a superhero that was stronger than any living being on Earth. In order to accomplish this task, he had to draw a parallel between Thor and the Norse gods.

“How do you make someone stronger than the strongest person? It finally came to me: Don't make him human – make him a god. I decided readers were already pretty familiar with the Greek and Roman gods. It might be fun to delve into the old Norse legends... Besides, I pictured Norse gods looking like Vikings of old, with the flowing beards, horned helmets, and battle clubs,” said Lee.

#6) Female Thor?

Professional comic book writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman created a fourth volume of Thor which hit shelves back in October 2014. What made this version different (aside from new storylines) was that a female character took the role of Thor. Aaron and Dauterman stress that this isn't a remake of Thor, but instead it adds on the existing Thor comics. Long story short, Thor is no longer able to pick up and wield the Mjolnir, at which point the mystery woman steps in to fill the role of Thor.

Jason Aaron explained his decision to create a female Thor in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “This was all my idea. This was not about Marvel coming to me and saying, We want you to change this character to a woman. Any woman will do.” This was me having a very specific story in mind. It’s not just about her picking up the hammer. This is not just about the mystery of who she is. Even once you find out who she is, that’s really where the story begins, so there’s a very specific story in mind for her,” said Jason Aaron, writer and creator of the new female-led Thor comics, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

#7) Thor 3 Is In The Works!

Good news Marvel fans, Thor 3 is reportedly in the works. Marvel Universe is expected to bring Chris Hemsworth back for round three, although the movie isn't expected to be released anytime soon. The current release date for the film is 2017. In the meantime, however, you can enjoy other Marvel films, such as the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

Unfortunately, we still don't know much about the third installment of the Thor film franchise. However, rumors suggest that Loki will initiate a war between Midgard and Asgard, setting the tone for an intergalactic war.

Another rumor swirling around about Thor 3 is that Ragnarok will be the main villain. According to the film website MoviePilot, Ragnarok holds a dual meaning. It's the saga of the Asgardian Apocalypse (when their world ends), and it's also a cyborg created by Tony Stark when Stark combines his DNA with a sample of Asgardian DNA. So, will we see a cyborg as the villain in Thor 3? It's still too early to say at this point, but it's certainly a plausible theory.

#8) Thor Is an Original Member of The Avengers

Thor is one of the founding members of Marvel's superhero team, The Avengers. Lee and Kirby added the God of Thunder in The Avengers #1 (1963), which was the first issue featuring this rag-tag group of superheros. Ever since this then, Thor has remained an integral part of the Avengers series, showing up in both comics and film.

#9) Thor's Love of Earth

Whether you're a long-time reader of the Thor comics, or if you've only watched the movies, you're probably well aware that Thor has a soft side for Earth and its human inhabitants. But why exactly does the God of Thunder show affection to Earth? No other Asgardian has taken such a kind approach to the planet.

Well, the reason for Thor's connection with Earth goes back to his mother's influence. Thor is the son of Odin and the feminine personification of Earth, which is referred to as the Elder Goddess Gaea in the Marvel Universe. Initially, Thor believed Frigga was his mother, but the truth later came out, revealing that Gaea is in fact Thor's mother. Of course, this was shocking news to the God of Thunder, who rejected the notion until Odin confirmed it was true.

#10) Thor Killed His Brother and Grandfather

Thor is responsible for the deaths of countless enemies over the years, including his brother and grandfather. In the 1990s comics, Thor kills Loki when the two battle each other. Heimdall, who was the temporary ruler of Asgard when Odin was out, banished Thor for this act. It wasn't until Odin awoke from his slumber when Thor is allowed back into Asgard for killing Loki – oh, and Loki comes back to life, just so you know.

In the Secret Invasion storyline, Thor unknowingly kills his grandfather Bor. Thor believes he is fighting the alien species Skrulls, defending Earth and its inhabitants from an invasion, but this is all deception done at the hands of Loki. After Thor kills Bor, the God of Thunder is once again banished from Asgard. And to make matters worse, Thor's Mjolnir hammer is damaged in the process.

Are you a fan of Thor? Let us know what you think of the God of Thunder in the comments section below!

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