It all starts with a simple whisper …
Warning: spoiler alert!
After a phenomenal conclusion to the Grand Infinity Arc, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up to introduce a range of new heroes in Phase 4. Yet one of the original movie Avengers has won a continuation in this. Era of Renewal – Thor Odinson, the glorious Asgardian god, returns in Thor: Love and Thunder.
The film is like a rite of passage from the cloak of the god of thunder to a new character.
Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) had the opportunity to show his best and worst sides in three films: Thor (2011), Thor: Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Now it’s Jane Foster’s turn, played by the brilliant Natalie Portman, to carry the heavy hammer Mjolnir with all the dignity of the new Goddess of Thunder.
Along with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, the film also marks Tessa Thompson’s return as Valkyrie and Christian Bale’s debut as Asgard’s greatest villain: Gorr, The Butcher of the Gods.
Those who followed the comics, especially in 2014, were very excited about the arrival of the villain. Especially since Gorr is a key to the transformation of Jane Foster into the new Thor. In this article, we’ll dig deeper into the heroine’s origins, but first you need to go back in time a bit to better understand Thor Odinson.
What happened to make Asgard’s purest warrior unworthy?
The fallen god
To understand Odinson’s downfall, we need to start by looking back at his encounter with Gorr. Their first clashes were published in the magazines “O Carniceiro dos Deuses” and “Bomba Divina”. It was thanks to the vengeful alien that Thor learned the true meaning of fear.
After his family died in misery while the gods of his home planet lived a life of luxury, Gorr dedicated his existence to the pursuit and brutal murder of all the gods in the multiverse. So he ended up stumbling upon Thor and it took three versions of the hero, from three different times in the story, to stop Gorr’s plans.
But even Villain’s Necrosis didn’t leave wounds as deep in Odinson as her words. He knew that deep down, Gorr’s motives were well justified. Maybe the gods could have done more for the people they swore to protect. Perhaps he, the mighty god of thunder, was too distracted by the pleasures of the world to find ways to help those in need. Maybe he was unworthy after all …
That doubt, that little bit of insecurity, has stuck in Thor’s mind ever since.
The original sin
This uncertainty would be exploited by an unexpected foe in the Avengers ‘Original Sin’ arc. In this story, the observer who lived on the Moon, Uatu, is killed under very mysterious circumstances. The Avengers are summoned by Nick Fury to investigate what allegedly happened.
Your eyes have been stolen. Anyone who uses the eyes of the Watcher will be able to know the answers to all the secrets of the universe. At one point, the group came to the inevitable conclusion that all clues point to Nick Fury himself.
He then decided to use the greatest weapon at his disposal to end the heroes immediately: the truth. Nick Fury went straight into Thor’s ear and whispered what he feared most: Gorr was right. Odinson was truly unworthy. When his fears were confirmed, Mjolnir fell to the surface of the moon and remained there …
The hammer would wait until someone was truly worthy … Not a God, but someone with a genuine passion for doing the right thing and nothing more to lose.
The goddess of thunder is born
The news that Thor Odinson lost the hammer quickly echoed throughout the Ten Realms. Without one of his most dedicated protectors, Midgard was exposed to the worst type of crowd and it didn’t take long for an attack.
Malekith, King of the Dark Elves, led an army of ice giants in an attack on an underwater laboratory. They sought to retrieve the skull of the King of Giants by any means necessary. Of course, Thor had no intention of letting this happen, but without Mjolnir he quickly became a victim of Malekith’s magic.
With no one to stop them and with the location of their target, the Ice Giants wreak havoc – freezing several Avengers and Asgardians – until a mysterious heroine appears. Mjolnir has chosen its new wearer, and whoever raises this hammer, if worthy of it, will inherit Thor’s powers. Thus, Thor, the goddess of thunder, was born.
Even without any experience in this heroine thing, she has a lot of talent with Mjolnir and manages to push back her enemies. Until Odinson appeared. And, if you know the hero’s rash temper, you must already imagine that he is not happy to see someone else wield his hammer.
His envy and his frustration blind him and Odinson walks towards “the impostor” with all his fury. Thor defends himself, showing a mastery of Mjolnir that Odinson has never acquired in centuries. The hammer flies by performing incredible maneuvers, almost as if it were alive, all to defend its chosen one.
Odinson may not trust this new Thor, but he does trust the magical judgment of the hammer. If she’s truly worthy of Mjolnir, that’s enough.
Reluctantly, he accepts this mysterious woman as the new hammer bearer. But there is one more thing that bothers him a lot: who is the woman in the mask?
In Asgard, there is a great power struggle for the throne. Freya took control as the mother of all for a time and her people were happy with the changes of the new queen, but Odin returned. With his trunk style, he kicks his wife out of power to control everything like the bully he always has been. But there’s one thing he can’t control: the new Thor.
The Father of All is trying to find out who the woman behind the mask is. He wants to punish her for legitimately stealing her son’s hammer, even though Freya and Odinson insist she deserved it.
Odinson can trust Thor enough, but he doesn’t want to settle down until he finds out who she is. Who is this woman so much more worthy than him? He gathers a list of all the powerful women he meets and goes out to investigate.
Completely oblivious to the hunt for his identity, Thor fulfills his obligations as heroine on Earth, getting better and better with the hammer. She even gets sympathy from some villains who understand how difficult it can be to be a woman in such a male-dominated environment. This sorority eventually spreads even to Freya, Mother of All, who decides to warn her against her husband’s senseless plans.
Meanwhile, Odinson visits several Asgardianas – he even talks to Lady Sif – before starting to suspect Jane Foster. The physician began to live in Asgard as an adviser to the Mother of All in matters involving all realms. But upon visiting him, Odinson realizes just how absurd his hypothesis is.
He finds Jane in a hospital bed in Asgard. She faces turbulent treatment to fight breast cancer. Even with access to Asgardian healing magic, she refuses this treatment. Each magic has its price. And she learned it the hard way.
The truth, even if Odinson doesn’t realize it, is that Jane Foster is Thor. When she holds the hammer, her body transforms into a mighty goddess ready for war, but at a very high price. With each transformation, his treatment came back completely. Mjolnir kicked off the chemotherapy, leaving the cancer free to grow. If she continues to fight like Thor, she will eventually die.
Furious at his own incapacity, Odin allies with his brother Cul Borson, the god of fear, to finish Thor once and for all. He sends the Destroyer – that metal golem that appears in Thor’s first film – to hunt down the mysterious goddess.
At first Thor manages to defend himself very well against the colossal creature, but the God of Fear is very cunning. He’s already killed a Thor and she has almost no experience dealing with mystical artifacts of this caliber. It doesn’t take long for the Destroyer to steal Mjolnir, leaving the Warrior virtually defenseless. Only then does Odinson come to the rescue.
He was warned by Freya of his father’s pathetic attitudes and felt responsible for his help. With the roster of the most powerful women he knows in hand, Odinson summons a small army including heroines like Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Spider-Woman.
United, the superheroes don’t even have to work hard to stop the Destroyer attack. The interesting thing about the battle is seeing these warriors whispering to each other trying to come to a consensus on what they thought of Thor, the new heroine of this select little club of super women.
Finally, when the Destroyer hooks Freya up, Odin realizes how much he has let go of his obsession. Ashamed, he orders the end of this attack. Thor is still the number one enemy of the Father of All. But facing him was so symbolic that this act earned him the respect of all the heroines present and also of Odinson.
Jane Foster represents the best of Thor. Before even carrying the hammer, she was fighting for life every day. She knows the importance and the fragility of human life like no one else and fights to protect it. And that’s how Jane Foster, the goddess of thunder who loves the Earth to the point of dying of it, becomes the hero of the comics.
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