It’s Thor Love And Thunder week, so I’m kicking things off today with some character profiles for Thor, Valkyrie and Jane Foster!
Name: Thor Odinson
Superhero Name: Thor
Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Leiber and Jack Kirby
Played By: Chris Hemsworth
Powers: Superhuman strength, speed, durability and longevity himself. With Mjolnir, Thor can manipulate energy, fly and manipulate the weather.
Mini Bio: Thor is the son of Odin, aka the All-Father of a race known as the Asgardians, his life generally followed that of the Norse myths, until Odin decided that he needed to learn some humility. To do this, Odin wiped Thor of his memories and sent him to Midgard (which is the Asgardian name for Earth). Thor thought himself to be a human named Donald Blake, a young, disabled medical student, who became a renowned surgeon, where he was assisted by a nurse named Jane Foster.
Blake was on Earth for 10 years before Odin started planting the idea of taking a trip to Norway in his head, and eventually, Blake took the trip. While there, he was attacked by an alien race called the Kronans, and he found himself hiding in a cave – specifically, the cave Thor was born in – and found a walking stick inside. In frustration at his situation, Blake hit a boulder inside the cave with the stick, which became Mjilnor and gave him back his godly powers, but no memories.
It would take several more years for Thor’s memories to completely come back to him, at which point Odin decided to explain everything to his son. Thor decided to continue his medical practice on Earth, and decided to split his time between Earth and Asgard.
His romance with Jane was met with disapproval by Odin, who attempted to break the two of them up several times, including letting Loki interfere with their relationship. Eventually, the two broke up and Thor rekindled his relationship with Lady Sif, though that has also been strained in recent years.
When Loki decided to return to Earth and manipulate the Hulk, several heroes, including Thor, banded together to stop him, creating the first Avengers team. Since then, Thor has served with the team, and worked with other heroes to stop various wars/invasions, and has worked as a solo hero against villains such as Gorr The God Butcher. He has also turned down becoming King of Asgard several times, as he has not felt ready for the role, preferring for Odin, or his older brother Balder, to rule instead.
Interesting Trivia: Thor was terrified of thunderstorms as a child, so Odin called him the ‘God Of Thunder’ to mock him
First Comic Appearance: Journey Into Mystery issue 83 (August 1962)
Most Common Team Ups: Avengers, New Avengers, Warriors Three
Comic Recommendations: Journey Into Mystery (1962) by Stan Lee, Thor (1983) by Walter Simonson and Thor (2012) by Jason Aaron.