Thor Odinson, or simply Thor, is one of the most popular Marvel Avengers. For the most part, the character is based on the Norse god of the same name. Thor lived in Asgard, one of the nine realms, with his kin. After Ragnarok, the surviving Asgardians were forced to inhabit Earth.
Unlike traditional Norse mythology, Marvel depicts the superhero as an alien entity. Humans consider Thor a god, but he is nothing more than an extraterrestrial entity with immense power. Throughout Thor and Avenger movies, we see his transformation from an immature character to a ruler of Asgard.
Thor has close connections with other Asgardians. In a way, he is defined through his relationship with his adopted brother, Loki. The two of them continuously bumped heads over the years but still loved each other despite their differences. Thor has lots of respect for his father, Odin.
The thing I like the most about Thor is how much he changed over the years. The creators of Thor movies always find ways to spice things up, giving us new and exciting storylines without necessarily having to involve other Avengers.
Key Info Up Front
Thor Universe refers to all the movies featuring Thor. There were a total of 8 feature films with this character. The term can also refer to the fantasy world inhabited by Asgardians and various mythical creatures. Asgard is the birthplace of crown prince Thor and is ruled by venerable Odin.
Asgard is connected to other Marvel’s planes of existence. The God of Thunder frequently visits Earth, teaming up with Avengers and helping them battle various global and intergalactic threats.
The superhero Thor was introduced in 1962 in a science fiction issue called Journey Into Mystery. The comic book was made by a team of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber. The character was an instant hit, so Marvel decided to add him to the first Avengers, published in September 1963.
Thor quickly became one of the focal points of the Avengers comics and would receive his own storyline in 1966 (Thor #126, published by Marvel Comics Group). As for the main Thor series, it features 11 volumes:
- Journey into Mystery Volume 1 (180 issues, from 1952 to 2013)
- Thor Volume 1 (316 issues, from 1966 to 2011)
- Mighty Thor Volume 1 (84 issues, from 1989 to 1995)
- Thor Volume 2 (85 issues, from 1998 to 2004)
- Thor Volume 3 (12 issues, from 2007 to 2009)
- Mighty Thor Volume 2 (30 issues, 2011 to 2018)
- Thor: God of Thunder Volume 1 (25 issues, from 2013 to 2014)
- Thor Volume 4 (8 issues, from 2014 to 2015)
- Mighty Thor Volume 2 (23 issues, 2016 to 2017)
- Thor Volume 5 (16 issues, from 2018 to 2019)
- Thor Volume 5 (16 issues, from 2020 onward)
Aside from these publications, there are numerous mini-series featuring the superhero, as well as team-ups, alternate realities, related titles, etc.
History of Thor Movies
In 2006, Mark Protosevich created the first script for the movie. He didn’t want to tell another origin story but instead to talk about a god who fulfills his potential. Although Chris Hemsworth initially declined the offer for the project, he was eventually cast for the role. So far, there have been a total of 8 movies featuring Thor, including:
- Thor (2011)
- Avengers (2012)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Besides being a valuable member of the Avengers, Thor would eventually become the king of Asgard and, later on, the king of New Asgard. Eventually, he would renounce his title in favor of Valkyrie. During his life, Thor was a member of various factions, including the Asgardian Royal Family, Avengers, Revengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ravagers.
Main characters of the Thor Universe
Thor Universe includes numerous beings and gods from Norse mythology, but also superheroes from Earth. For the purpose of this guide, I will focus on characters that are exclusive to Thor Universe and Asgard (in other words, no Avengers).
Thor and His Allies
Thor, or the God of Thunder, is the main protagonist in these comics. He has incredible strength, durability, and speed and can wield various magical artifacts and weapons such as Mjolnir and Stormbreaker. Although brash and arrogant at first, Thor learns humility as years go by.
Odin is Thor’s father and the ruler of Asgard. As the protector of the realm, he frequently engages invaders. He is actually much stronger than his son and has incredible physical powers. The king of Asgard uses magical Odinforce to teleport, read thoughts, change the size, and create force fields.
Loki is the God of Mischief who has similar physical traits as his brethren. He also has high ice resilience due to the fact he is half Frost Giant. Loki is incredibly smart and has manipulative nature. He can create all sorts of illusions and usually has his own agenda during battles.
Dr. Jane Foster
Dr. Jane Foster is Thor’s former lover. She is the greatest astrophysicist on Earth and a creator of Foster theory. Occasionally, she would help Thor during his battles by providing scientific expertise. She eventually receives the power to wield Mjolnir, defending Asgard from Gorr. Unfortunately, the use of power would only accelerate her death.
Sif is Thor’s best friend. She is one of the elite Asgardian warriors who helped the God of Thunder on numerous occasions. Like all other members of her tribe, she has enormous strength, durability, and speed. On top of that, Sif is an expert combatant excelling at sword and shield combat.
Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill was one of the first individuals who were able to use Mjolnir, aside from Thor, of course. He accompanied Thor on his adventures, helping his fight against Skrull and Collector. The character can transform and use Allspeak, which allows him to communicate with all known races.
Heimdall was a gatekeeper of Asgard. Similar to Sif, he is one of Thor’s best friends, frequently helping him when he is in a pinch. Aside from enhanced physical traits, he is all-seeing. In other words, he can detect any threat before it comes close. For a short while, Heimdall was the ruler of Asgard in Odin’s absence.
Surtur is a demon that comes from Muspelheim. Although he often attacked Asgard, he usually clashed with Odin, not Thor. According to the ancient prophecy of Ragnarok, he is meant to bring down Asgardians to their knees. Like many other creatures of Muspelheim, Surtur can command fire.
Hela is the Goddess of Death who was imprisoned by Odin. After the king’s death, she is released upon Asgard. At one point, Hela even manages to kill the God of Thunder. The villain can create portals, summon weapons, conjure armors, and resurrect the dead.
Gorr, the God Butcher
Another villain featured both in movies and comics, Gorr, is one of the most vicious opponents Thor had to face. Gorr wishes to kill all the Asgardian heroes and create a portal to Eternity. He uses a deadly weapon called Necrosword and is especially proficient at torturing his opponents.
Cul Borson, or Serpent, is Odin’s older brother. The specific thing about Cul is that he feeds on the enemy’s fear. The more afraid his opponent, the stronger Serpent gets. However, this can also be a weakness when facing mentally resilient foes.
Thor’s Powers, Abilities, and Weapons
Thor has the same physical characteristics as other Asgardians. In other words, he has superhuman traits that make him faster, stronger, and more durable than regular humans. The God of Thunder has incredible reflexes, healing properties, and senses.
The superhero can use various cosmic powers and mystic forces. For example, he can imbue his own life essence into Mjolnir, create lightning bolts, use cosmic flames, and teleport objects.
Like his father and other Asgardians, Thor can use Allspeak or All-Tongue. This ability allows him to communicate with beings of other nine realms, inhabitants of Earth, and certain alien races.
Immune to Telepathy
Thor was able to resist mind attacks on numerous occasions. He was immune to Ares’ music, Rigellians’ and Glory’s attacks, the influence of the Eye of Horus, etc.
Like many other superheroes, Thor can fly. However, he doesn’t do it as often as some of his allies.
Mjolnir is the superhero’s main weapon. The thing that makes the weapon unique is that only worthy heroes can use it. There is a mystical link between Mjolnir and the wielder so that the weapon always returns to his or her hands. On top of that, the hammer provides various magical powers to the user.
This is the superhero’s secondary weapon. Like Mjolnir, this ax possesses various magical properties, including storm manipulation, electricity generation, and summoning of Bifrost.
Thor in Comics
As a way to teach his son a lesson, Odin sends Thor to Earth, removing his powers and any memory of the past. He turns him into a medical student with a partial disability. During a vacation in nature, Thor finds Mjolnir transforming himself back into a god.
Learning of his true nature, Thor decides to help humanity while disguised as a doctor. His mischievous brother, Loki, learns of his whereabouts and starts planning against the sibling. This starts a chain of events that would introduce the God of Thunder to other Earth’s defenders, which would eventually lead to the formation of the Avengers.
During his time on Earth, Thor fell in love with his colleague, Dr. Jane Foster. As a result, he didn’t want to go back to Asgard even though Odin summoned him back on numerous occasions. Eventually, he would go back to his birthplace, helping the royal family fight against Skagg, Surtur, and other Asgardian villains.
Somewhere along the way, the superhero would encounter menacing villains such as Doctor Doom and Galacticus.
On one occasion, he fought Mangog, who tried to steal Odinsword. He narrowly avoids death during a fake Ragnarok created by his own father. During the 1970s, he even had an encounter with Eternals leading to a lengthy storyline.
In these comics, Thor faces the threat of Celestials, the first life forms ever to appear in the universe. Luckily for Asgardians and all of humanity, Celestials decide to retreat after being given a Gaea’s offering. At this time, Thor realizes that Gaea is his real mother.
Once again, Thor faces Surtur, who now has an army of demons at his back. The God of Thunder receives help from his new friend, Beta Ray Bill, one of the rare individuals who can wield Mjolnir. During this storyline, the Asgardian gods fight Malekith and Fafnir. The battle all ends when Surtur and Odin disappear through a portal, which presumably causes their deaths.
In the following comics, Thor battles Hela. She makes his bones brittle and disables his regenerative properties. However, the God of Thunder cannot die from injuries and is forced to suffer after battles. Thor dons an armor, thus safeguarding his fragile body. In the end, Thor manages to restore himself to his original form.
During this decade, Heimdall replaces Odin as the king of Asgard. After Thor kills Loki, the new ruler banishes him from the homeland. But, as Odin wakes up from Odinsleep, he forgives his son and allows him to return.
The team of Fantastic Four and Avengers battles and defeats the villain Onslaught. After these events, all the participants are trapped in alternate realities, forced to live different lives for a year.
After Surtur finally kills Odin, Thor becomes the new ruler of Asgard. Drunk with power, he decides to enslave the Earth killing everyone who stands in his way and even fighting his Avenger brethren. Riddled with guilt, the superhero eventually reverses these events by traveling back in time.
For the first time, Thor falls into a deep slumber, similar to Odinsleep. Due to his prolonged absence, other Avengers worry that he’s dead. While this is happening, the US government finds his lost Mjolnir. Upon waking up, the God of Thunder realizes that the government passed a Superhuman Registration Act, forcing all superhumans to register or be incarcerated.
These events cause fallout between Avengers, with Iron Man becoming a government representative, and Captain America fighting against this oppressive law. Thor beats Iron Man in one-on-one combat, ensuring freedom for all Asgardians.
In the Secret Invasion story, Thor battles Skrulls, an alien force threatening the Earth. He is once again deceived by Loki, killing grandfather Bor in the process. After being banished from Asgard, he manages to release Sif from her imprisonment and restores Loki to his original body.
In Siege, Norman Osborn attacks Asgard, during which Sentry kills Loki. Avengers comes to Thor’s aid, battling Dark Avengers. Nevertheless, the enemies destroy Asgard, and the team of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor travel to Hel to face Hela.
Avengers face Cul, also known as the God of Fear. Although they manage to defeat the opponent, Thor dies in the process. An old nemesis, Ulik, erases everyone’s memories of Thor. While all this is happening, Loki and Silver Surfer pull the God of Thunder from limbo and bring him back to Earth, where he overpowers Ulik.
Later, Thor would replace his trust hammer for Jarnbjorn, a powerful battle ax. The superhero loses an arm while facing Malekith the Accursed. He eventually received a prosthetic arm and would fight many battles using Jarnbjorn. While all this is happening, Thor’s former lover, Jane Foster, starts wielding Mjolnir and receives its power.
Thor in Movies
At the start of the movie, Odin prepares Thor for coronation and transfer of power. While all of this is happening, Frost Giants hatch a plan to retrieve the Casket of Ancient Winters. Thor decides to take matters into his own hands, despite Odin prohibiting any hostile action by Asgardians.
The superhero attacks Laufey together with Loki, Sif, and a few other Asgard warriors. Eventually, Odin has to intervene. Due to his actions, a truce between Giants and Asgardians is broken, and as a punishment, the King of Asgard banishes Thor to Earth.
The reckless prince lands in New Mexico, where he befriends a few scientists, including Dr. Jane Foster, who later on becomes his lover. While all this is happening on Earth, Odin goes into “Odinsleep,” a hibernation that allows him to replenish his powers. Seeing that there is no one defending the throne, Loki decides to seize Nine Realms.
In the last ditch effort, the Warriors Three and Sif go to Earth to seek Thor’s assistance. Destroyer attacks the group and defeats all its members. Thor offers his life so that the Destroyer spares his friends. Just as he was on the brink of death, a magical hammer, Mjolnir, returns to his possession, deeming Thor worthy of its power. The superhero uses it to vanquish the Destroyer, after which he returns to Asgard.
Thor fights and beats his brother, after which Loki fakes his death. Upon waking up from Odinsleep, Thor admits to his father that he’s not ready to be a king.
Odin realizes that Loki faked his death and is now looking to conquer the Earth. The king of Asgard uses his power to send Thor to Earth. Luckily, a team of Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow has already apprehended the troublesome brother.
Thor kidnaps Loki from Quinjet and is subsequently attacked by pursuing Avengers. After a short scrap, he decides to return his brother to Helicarrier, a transporting aircraft. Loki manages to mind control one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who sabotages the vehicle. This causes Bruce Banner to turn into Hulk.
Thor tries to stop his rampage but to no avail. While all of this is happening, Loki escapes the Avenger’s grasp once again. The prince of Asgard teams up with other superheroes as they try to prevent Loki from using a powerful artifact called Tesseract. Unfortunately, they were too late, as Loki created a wormhole allowing an invasion of an alien race, Chitauri.
During the movie’s culmination, The Avengers stop the aliens, thus saving New York City. They apprehend Loki, retrieve the Tesseract, and take them back to Asgard.
Thor: The Dark World
At the start of the movie, we can see Thor using the power of Tesseract to restore the Bifrost Bridge. Unfortunately, all is not well in Asgard as the warriors face the Convergence of the realms. This cosmic event brings realms closer to each other, causing various anomalies such as spatial extrusions and shifts in gravity.
While all of this is happening, Heimdall cannot locate Dr. Jane Foster. Thor goes to Earth to find the scientist realizing that she accidentally set in motion an unearthly force during her experiments. Odin quickly discovers that this force is Aether, also referred to as Reality Stone or the first Infinity Stone.
Aether is a powerful weapon that can destroy realms, and that was used in the past by Dark Elves when they tried to conquer Asgard. The Stone has now infested Jane Foster’s body. Dark Elves start their search for Dr. Foster, during which they kill Thor’s mother, Frigga.
Thor decides to free Loki from his imprisonment, despite Odin forbidding him from doing so. He begs Loki to open a portal to Svartalfheim so he can face the Dark Elves and exact revenge. While the protagonists are in Svartalfheim, Malekith extracts the Reality Stone from Jane and puts it into his own body. During this time, Loki is seemingly fatally wounded.
Thor and Jane take a portal back to Earth and fight Malekith. After winning the battle, they inform Odin of Loki’s passing.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
While raiding the Hydra facility, the Avengers find Loki’s old scepter. Upon examining the artifact at Avengers headquarters, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark find AI within it. They decide to use it for the creation of the Ultron defensive system.
Later on, during an Avengers party, a hostile Ultron attacks the superheroes and steals the scepter from under their noses. They locate the scepter in Johannesburg but are thwarted by Wanda Maximoff, who uses hallucinations to disable the hero team.
During the hallucinations, Thor had a vision of the apocalypse. He goes to Selvig looking for answers, and the two of them visit an ancient well. After immersing his body in its waters, Thor sees visions of destruction revolving around the Infinity Stones.
Upon returning to the team, the son of Odin discovers that Stark placed J.A.R.V.I.S. AI into a synthetic body, which they got from Ultron. Vision, which is how they named the entity, has an Infinity Stone embedded into its forehead.
Avengers go to Sokovia together with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They fight Ultron, during which Quicksilver sacrifices his life to save Hawkeye. Regardless, the superhero team manages to beat the opponent. The movie ends with the Avengers gathering at the compound. Thor informs his allies that he needs to go to space and find meaning in his visions and how they might affect future events.
In Ragnarok, Thor and Asgardians are facing another immense threat in Surtur. At the start of the movie, the villain imprisons Thor and threatens that he will destroy Asgard in the upcoming Ragnarok. According to Surtur, as soon as he places his crown into Odin’s vault and Eternal Flame, he will start a chain of events that will doom the whole plain.
Thor manages to flee his capture, stealing the crown in the process. Believing that he has just prevented Ragnarok, the superhero goes back to Asgard to find that Loki is still alive and is impersonating the king. Thor takes Loki back to New York, and with Dr. Strange’s assistance, they track down Odin.
The dying king of Asgard tells his children that as soon as he perishes, his firstborn child, Hela, will once again be released upon the world. As soon as she appears, Hela destroys Mjolnir and forces Loki and Thor into space exile. Thor lands on Sakaar, where he meets Valkyrie.
Fighting in Arena
Thor has to compete in a champion’s tournament during which he befriends gladiators Miek and Korg. He eventually battles Hulk, the current reigning champion. After being released, Thor finds an aircraft that brought Hulk to this planet.
After watching Romanoff’s recording, Bruce Banner goes back to his original form. The team of Thor and Hulk convince Loki and Valkyrie to help them stop Ragnarok. Loki once again betrays Thor and is left of Sakaar, while other protagonists proceed to Asgard.
Upon reaching the plane, Thor battles Hela while Hulk engages wolf Fenris. While all that is happening, Loki makes his appearance driving a Grandmaster spaceship. Together with Heimdal, the duo helps evacuate the citizens of Asgard.
During his battle with Hela, the God of Thunder loses one of his eyes. Thor has a vision of his father, who helps him unlock dormant potential. Unfortunately, he realizes the only way to stop Hela is to allow Ragnarok. He instructs Loki to place Surtur’s crown in Odin’s vault, after which the villain destroys both Hela and Asgard.
Avengers: Infinity War
Just as Loki and Thor were evacuating their people to Earth, Thanos appeared with his warship. The Mad Titan destroys their vessel and captures the brothers. Heimdall sends Hulk back to Earth by using black magic, enraging Thanos, who promptly kills him. Eventually, the villain manages to get Space Stone that was hiding within Loki’s Tesseract.
Loki sweet-talks Thanos and tries to kill him with a surprise attack. The Mad Titan prevents the ambush and kills the unruly brother. As the villains make their departure, you can see Thor holding his brother’s dead body. The Mad Titan destroys the spaceship leaving Thor to die in space.
Left to his own devices, Thor is found by the Guardians of the Galaxy. They share information regarding Thanos and his search for the Infinity Stones. The Mad Titan wants to use them to eliminate half of the galaxy’s population. With his Mjolnir shattered, the prince of Asgard needs a new weapon to confront the villain. Together with Groot and Rocket Racoon, he travels to Nidavellir.
Finding a New Weapon
Like most other places, Nidavellir has experienced the wrath of Thanos. After meeting king Eitri, Thor fixes an ancient dwarven forge. After that, the two of them create a devastating ax, which they name Stormbreaker. Among others, this weapon allows Thor to use Bifrost.
The trio transports to Wakanda to support Avengers, Wakandans, and other heroes as they fight against the Outriders. The God of Thunder pummeled enemy forces and was even able to injure Thanos. Despite great efforts, the Mad Titan manages to use the Infinity Gauntlet to eliminate half of the life in the universe in an event called the Blip. Thanos escapes, and Thor watches as Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Black Panther, and Groot die.
Avengers: End Game
After terrible events in the Infinity War, the surviving Avengers return to the headquarters to lick their wounds. A few weeks later, a team of Captain America, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel, Thor, Hulk, Nebula, and War Machine travel into space to engage Thanos.
The superheroes were shocked to realize that the Mad Titan destroyed the Infinity Stones, so they cannot be used anymore. In a fit of rage, Thor kills the villain with his new weapon.
A few years after, Bruce Banner and Rocket Raccoon hatch a plan that would nullify the results of the Blip. They go to New Asgard, asking Thor to rejoin Avengers. Upon reaching the facility, Thor learns there is a way to travel to the past and acquire each one of the Infinity Stones before Thanos does so.
Thor and Rocket Raccoon visited Asgard in 2013. He has the opportunity to speak with his mother, Frigga, who shares a few valuable lessons. He also gets a different iteration of Mjolnir. Although the Avengers were successful in retrieving the stones, Black Widow died along the way. The superheroes group up around Hulk as he uses an alternate version of the Infinity Gauntlet to restore lives that were lost during the Blip.
Suddenly, an alternate version of Thanos attacks the Avengers headquarters. After using a spaceship to destroy the building, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor emerge from its rubbles to fight the Mad Titan. Thor helps power up Iron Man’s repulsors, but the latter is knocked out and tossed away by the villain. The God of Thunder attacks Thanos but is quickly brought to the ground. Just as the villain was preparing to kill him, Captain America hits the Mad Titan with Mjolnir, which he can now use.
A joint army of Ravagers, Asgardians, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, and Masters of the Mystic Arts fights Thanos’ servants. Eventually, Iron Man manages to assimilate the Infinity Stones into his hand and uses the Snap to kill all the enemies, including Thanos.
After the battle, all the superheroes attend Stark’s funeral. Later on, Thor goes back to New Asgard and abdicates his throne in favor of Valkyrie. He then joins the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thor: Love and Thunder
This movie introduces a new antagonist in Gorr, the God Butcher. The villain wields a deadly sword and intends to kill all the gods of New Asgard. While all of this is happening, Thor’s former lover, Jane Foster, is diagnosed with cancer. She creates a bond with Mjolnir granting her supernatural powers.
Thor groups up with Sif, Korg, and Valkyrie. They first go to Zeus, seeking his aid. The protagonists have to fight in Zeus’ arena. Eventually, Thor manages to steal the host’s lightning and uses it to pierce Zeus’ body.
As the heroes go to Shadow Realm, they encounter Gorr. The villain reveals he wanted to steal Stormbreaker all along and use it to enter Eternity. Thor and Foster manage to foil his plan destroying Necrosword in the process. At the end of the movie, Jane Foster dies from cancer as Mjolnir could no longer protect her. The hammer returns to its original wielder.
FAQs – Thor Universe
Question: What universe does Thor belong to?
Answer: Thor is a part of a larger Marvel universe alongside heroes such as Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America, and so on. However, he also belongs to the Thor universe, which has numerous creatures and gods from Norse mythology.
Question: Is Thor a god?
Answer: Thor is not precisely a god. Although humans perceive him as a deity, he is a part of an extraterrestrial race that has extraordinary powers.
Question: Is Thor immortal?
Answer: Although Thor is immortal, that doesn’t make him invincible. He doesn’t age like normal humans, but he does age nonetheless. Even if it takes thousands of years, he will eventually die.
Thor universe is a comic book world that revolves around Thor as the main protagonist. The universe uses Norse mythology as inspiration. Thor, his father Odin, and his brother Loki inhabit a place known as Asgard. They live together with other gods and are constantly under attack by creatures from other planes of existence.
Thor is first introduced in 1952 in Journey into Mystery Volume 1. Since then, he has been an inspiration for numerous comic books and movies, becoming one of the highest-grossing Marvel superheroes.