10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thor

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He’s a well-travelled hero, so it should come as no surprise, then, to hear that there’s a whole lot more to the character than his cinematic features would suggest. Likewise, much of the Odinson’s comics history has yet to surface on other fronts, with only Jason Aaron bearing the torch in his continuing (and critically acclaimed) stint on the character’s 700 issue-long comic book.

Thor’s been to Hel and back again, and while much has been made – quite rightly – of Jane Foster’s time with Mjolnir, she isn’t the first character to take on the mantle of the God of Thunder. There are a whole bunch of Thors out there, in actual fact, each with their own powers, traits and – in Throg’s case – visual quirks (seriously, he’s a literal Frog).

There’ve been multiple weapons, identities and villains to have made their way into the world of Marvel’s flagship Asgardian, and while those details may prove to be elusive amongst both the Marvel faithful and their mainstream counterparts, there’s no harm getting the message out there that, in every sense, there’s more to the character than the films would suggest.

10. He Has A Secret Identity In The Comics

Banished from Asgard in much the same way he was in Kenneth Branagh’s original Thor flick, the Odinson’s consciousness is transported into the body of Donald Blake, a medical student preparing to embark on a trip to Norway, of all places.

Almost by coincidence, Blake stumbles upon Mjolnir (projected as a walking stick) and hits it against a rock, transforming him into the Thor we all know and love. It was a gimmick Marvel followed for a while in the comics (a whole #159 issues in fact), until it was later retconned that Blake had always been Thor and that Odin, being the mischievous All-Father that he is, had made it so that he’d merely forgotten his Asgardian origins.

They opted to avoid this origin onscreen, and while the Thor films haven’t always stood out as being the best in the MCU, you can’t knock them for ignoring this particular part of the character’s story.

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