THOR : The God of Thunder featurette

THOR : The God of Thunder featurette THOR : The God of Thunder featurette

"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.'--Mark Twain
With an upcoming movie its good to know your CBM Character - THOR. This feature answers the questions - Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

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By PollMaster - Apr 03, 2011 08:04 PM EST
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Who is THOR?
THOR is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields a mythical uru hammer, the mighty Mjolnir. He was sent to midgard (earth) by his father, Odin, to learn humility. In his time on midgard, he became one of its greatest hero, fighting in the name of Odin and of Asgard.

THOR is a fictional superhero who first appeared in Marvel Comics Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962). He was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby.Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character is based on the THOR of Norse mythology.

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Superhuman Strength: Being the son of Odin and the elder goddess Gaea, THOR is physically the strongest of the Norse gods and one of the most powerful beings in the Universe.

Superhuman Stamina: THOR's advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than that of a human and most other Asgardians. As a result, his muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity compared to those of humans and most other members of his race. He possesses practically inexhaustible stamina. He can exert himself at peak capacity for countless months on end at the very least without tiring at all.

Superhumanly Dense Tissue: THOR's skin, muscle, and bone tissues have several times the density of the same tissue in the body of a human being, contributing to his superhuman weight.

Self Sustenance: He is capable of surviving in the vacuum of space unaided and does not need air, food, water, or sleep.

Superhuman Longevity: THOR, like all other Asgardians, isn't immortal. THOR ages at a pace far, far slower than a human being as he is countless eons old; mortals' life spans are comparable to nothing more than a blink of his immortal eyes.

Superhuman Durability: The tissues of THOR's body are considerably harder and much more resistant to injury than those of humans. THOR possesses tremendous durability and is practically invulnerable.

Superhuman Speed: THOR's superhumanly strong legs allow him to run and move at superhuman speeds far greater than the finest human athlete. He is so fast, he is capable of moving at speeds faster than the human eyes can see.

Superhuman Agility: THOR's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: THOR's reflexes are similarly greatly enhanced and are much more superior to the reflexes of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Senses: THOR possesses incredible superhuman senses, as he is able to effortlessly see objects as far out as the edge of the Solar System, and hear cries from as far as the other side of the planet.

Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his astounding resistance to injury, it is possible to injure THOR. In the rare instances that he is injured, his body is capable of repairing damaged tissue with much greater speed and efficiency than the body of a human being and almost all other Asgardians.

Master Combatant: THOR is a superbly skilled warrior trained in the arts of war with over countless years of combat experience. He is one of the most skilled fighters to ever walk the planet.

Master Tactician: For over thousands and thousands of years he has lead Asgard into battle against overwhelming forces with great leadership and employed strategies and tactics from every culture, including forgotten ones.

What are the changes he underwent?

1. First appearance
Since his first appearance Journey into Mystery #83. This costume designed by Jack Kirby is still the main driving force on THOR's look. Of course the costume has change throughout the decades, but most of the changes derived its look from this classic outfit. Elements of his costume are the winged helmet, the red cape, the metal discs on his upper tunic, and the strapped boots, which pretty much screams Superhero Viking. He has worn this costume since his debut in the 60s and throughout the 80s.

2. Battle armor
In THOR #378 (April 1987), THOR and Tony Stark designed a battle armor that will help hold THOR together after a curse placed on him by Hela made his bones as brittle as glass and unable to heal if damaged. THOR already broke his left arm so he has an armored cast around it. THOR also has to wear a mask and sport beard to cover the scars he has incurred on his face.

3. 1000 years younger
THOR #401 (March 1989), We have a story set in the past where a younger THOR accepts a wager from Loki to travel to Midgard, and join a Viking expedition to the new world. He will not have his power and will be unable to use Mjolnir. If he fails, he will be exiled to Midgard forever and give up all claim to the throne. He wores a more armored costume of his classic look, and he lost the red cape and gained a sword to replace his absent hammer.

4. Back to the Classics
At the tail end of the 80s and in the early days of the 90s THOR is back wearing his classic costume. Though there are times it seems that his upper costume loses the covering on his sides.

Enter the 90s
If you have read my previous articles about characters and their costumes during the 90s then you won't be surprised as much on the looks that THOR underwent.

5. Godpack
It was during the mid 90s THOR was running around with beings of his peer, the Godpack, and as always when you are among peers there will be peer pressure and THOR has to find a way to fit in, and he got this costume. Metal pants, spiked kneepads, huge shoulder pads, the silver discs are now replaced by yellow octagons and a helmet with a widow's peak. (Goodtimes) This costume debuted in THOR 475, June 1994

6. Topless
Maybe realizing the ridiculousness of his previous costume, he just said to hell with it I'll just show my abs. So most of 96 he was running around shirtless.

7. DC Crossover Costume
(THOR then decided…oooh I have a long hair, all I need are some leather straps and chains and I'm set to start my metal band. I hope Logan is good for drums. ) This costume was a little hiccup in THOR's history. One minute it was there and then it was gone. It did get some playtime during the company wide crossover with DC, where THOR fought Captain Marvel. This costume first appeared in the cover of THOR 502 (September 1996).

8. Counter Earth
In a fight with Onslaught most of the heroes were dead (don't panic its not dead dead but comic dead), what actually happened is that most of these heroes where trasported to a "counter earth" (see you can breathe well now, they are ok). The costume still has that classic look to it but now it has some added metallic studs all over the place. He seems like a Superher Skyscraper.

9. Heroes Reborn
The end of 1996 we have the aftermath of the battle with Onslaught. And we see the heroes returning with a new look, which did not exclude THOR. We now have THOR sporting yellow dots all over his costume. (I imagine a lot of comic book out there with smiley faces drawn on those yellow circles.)

10. Lord of Asgard
In 2001 THOR became the King of Asgard, after the death of Odin. He is seen with a more regal and mature look, which is appropriate for the position he was holding at that time. He once again sports a full beard.

11. Modern
Fast forward to 2009. Odin is back as King of Asgard, and we see THOR back in Midgard. He now brings with him and more sensible armored design to his classic costume which still retains his iconic silhoutte.

THOR in Live Media
1. THOR appeared in the live action television film The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988). THOR was played by Eric Allan Kramer. In this version THOR was a spirit that cannot be admitted into Asgard until he has proved himself worthy. In this movie THOR is portrayed as a fun-loving warrior who is very happy drinking beer, fighting with men, and carousing with women.

2. THOR will then next in his own Marvel Movie, out in May 2012. He will be played by Actor Chris Hemsworth. He will also be a part of the AVENGERS movie which will be released a year after.

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brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:10 PM
first........AND YOU FORGOT BETA RAY BILL!!!!!! o_O
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:12 PM
Cool featurette, Thor will probally be the best comicbook movie this year.
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:28 PM
You should do one on The Hulk if not already done. And maybe even Superman since he is getting his own movie next year.
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:29 PM
Like the bible verse at the begining. Nice way to get the audience intrested.
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:30 PM
I agree with ajax2, I did find it kind of humorous that you used Christian scripture to start an article based on Norse mythology O_o
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:37 PM
@PollMaster Thanks Dude.
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:41 PM
maybe a quote from Beowulf or the Iliad? lol Would it be any different, though?

Go with something from the saga of Erik the Red ;-)
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:43 PM
I think we are all missing the true point of the article. Lets not get critical over one bible verse.
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:45 PM
Damn with all the complaints you made the dude change his quote. Thats just reckless some of you guys need to just chill.
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:45 PM
I don't find it "disrespectful." I mean, I can see the connection PollMaster was making. But, disrespectful? Not in the least....
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:48 PM
Sorry, PollMaster....No DISRESPECT to you. It is a great article! And I do enjoy all of them in this series you are writing. Keep em coming, bro! Think you could do one on Dr Strange? Maybe? Pretty please? lol
frigidgiantinthe716 - 4/3/2011, 9:48 PM
What about Vincent d'nofrio as Thor in adventures in babysitting? @brokenxcitement. Not sure beta ray bill counts. If that was the case then why not Eric masterson?
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:49 PM
@brokenexcitement Beta Ray Bill deserves his own forum. I would love to see him in a possible sequel or at least a reference. When Marvel Ultimate Alliance came out I would always use Beta Ray Bill skin as Thor. The dude is awesome.
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:51 PM
Ya, you two may be right.

@TheManWhoLaughs, I totally did the same thing. And when he came around in the Planet Hulk animated flick, I creamed!
mikesinuman - 4/3/2011, 9:52 PM
well i think you should do CAPTAIN BARBELL or DARNA. GAGAMBA and also PALOS. KIDLAT also. hmm what else? well just do the CAPT. BARBELL. thanks. ^_^
TheManWhoLaughs - 4/3/2011, 9:53 PM
@brokenexcitement I know right. Beta Ray Bill need his own spin off comic. He's been under the radar for far too long. Him and Jean Grey need to make a comeback.
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 9:56 PM
@TheManWhoLaughs, I haven't subscribed to any comics in about ten years (just browse through them at the store), but I would completely order that line if they did a Beta Ray Bill stand alone!
TDK08 - 4/3/2011, 10:03 PM
one thing that thor and gl have over the other comicbook movies coming out this summer is it's other worldliness. in my humble opinion though, gl will still rock shit
brokenexcitement - 4/3/2011, 10:08 PM
VERY NICE FIND, DarkMatter!!! ^_^
revloveR - 4/3/2011, 10:08 PM
a featurette on Deadpool would be cool..
VanCityKid - 4/3/2011, 10:19 PM
A featurette on Nick Fury and/or SHIELD would be awesome
MaddMonkk - 4/3/2011, 10:23 PM
Great article again. It made me realize there is something in comics I hate. Rob Leifeld. I almost put him out of my mind for good too. DC needs some love from you too.
UncleDrew - 4/3/2011, 11:34 PM
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THORGodOfThunder - 4/4/2011, 12:01 AM
BatLantern - 4/4/2011, 12:09 AM
Ichaos - 4/4/2011, 1:40 AM
Not sure what the quote was people were complaining about unless it was switched out with the Mark Twaine quote.

But I have to say it. Why are morons complaining about disrespecting a norse god. First this article is NOT about norse myths or the extinct belief system. Its about a comic book version of said norse god which has very little resembllance to the original mythology. To be frank if someone did by some chance still worshipped the norse gods they would find the comic book highly offensive if not blasphomous from there point of view. Big woop if someone quoted the bible. All religous BS asside the book has a lot of great quotes as do many other books. if someone quoted Homer (not Simpson) I doubt people would post objections saying omg thats offensive quoting homer who wrote about a different pantheon of gods. Doooh!

I realize as many do its simply a transparent passive agressive attack on still current belief systems. Stop being dorks or maybe go pester Paul Mcartney for the beatles paraphrasing the bible. Just got to love attempts at passive agressive censorship with bogus PC objections.
Ichaos - 4/4/2011, 1:45 AM
@ajax2 Were you offended because ou go to the church of Odin?
parascythe - 4/4/2011, 1:49 AM
thanx pollmaster dude!
XeRo1084 - 4/4/2011, 2:06 AM
@pollmaster I would like to add that we had another LIVE ACTION version of Thor from a movie called Adventures In Babysitting. I just figured since you did ALL this work, you might want to have 100% =)
Orphix - 4/4/2011, 2:30 AM
@Ichaos - amen to that, mate ;o)

If paraphrasing or inappropriately (and accidently in this case)quoting the Bible was a huge offense then we would all be in BIG trouble!!

And then for the person to be attacked personally as being 'disrespectful and morinc' pretty shocking. Just because you find something inappropriate doesn't give you an excuse to insult.

Remember: He who without sin, let him cast the first stone!! ;)
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