- “I would rather be a good man than a great king.”
- ―Thor to Odin
Thor Odinson is the protagonist of the Thor film trilogy, one of the protagonists of the Avengers films, an Asgardian warrior-prince, the God of Thunder and a self-proclaimed protector of Earth. Thor subsequently became well known for his actions on Earth, which included acting as a founding member of the Avengers.
Thor is a major character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the only Avenger that is not from Earth. Thor wields the mystical war hammer Mjolnir, which controls the weather, but he himself also has god-like strength, durability, and agility. He is based on the mythological thunder-god of the same name from Norse mythology.
Thor Odinson portrayed by Chris Hemsworth first appears in the 2011 film Thor along with the 2012 Marvel crossover film The Avengers. He reappears in the Marvel film Thor: The Dark World along with the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron and appears in the post-credits scene cameo in Doctor Strange. He will appear in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok and 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.
Originally, he was very arrogant and full of himself, and sought battle to prove his strength and heroism. He was also very short-sighted, acting on impulse or however he felt justified. He believed that he was entitled to the Asgard throne, and eagerly awaited his coronation.
For his inexcusable actions and behavior, his father Odin stripped him of his powers, titles and rights, banishing him to Midgard until he proved himself worthy of his power. The plan worked and he returned humbled and much wiser, and even thanked his father for the lessons he learned.
After his exile and subsequent return, Thor has become a noble warrior and a man of honor. He now thinks through his actions, and often reflects on his past behavior. He has dislike of mortal technology and science for creating supervillains and admires heroes with courage, honor, compassion, and the gift of battle. He was very wise about mortal tales and criticizing villains about their abilities they boasted. He has occasional difficulty with human and Earth culture, but appears to have become more accustomed to it while working with the Avengers.
He has a large amount of respect for family, who have defined his personality -- his father Odin and his mother Frigga, who he loves very much. Had it not been for his wise father, he would still be full of arrogance and irresponsibility, a fact that he is well aware of. His mother's similarly wise but gentle touch taught him to fight for good. He has a complicated relationship with his troublemaking brother Loki, upset with him for the trouble he has caused on Earth and Asgard. However, he does care for his brother, and wishes for him to stop his dangerously mischievous ways. However, he is not above fighting his brother if it means protecting others.
Thor is a very tall and well-built Asgardian male; he has very large biceps and long, muscular legs. Fair-skinned and blue-eyed, he has golden blonde hair that grows slightly during the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reaching just around his shoulders by Thor: The Dark World. He also has moderate amounts of facial hair. He wears Asgardian-style clothing, reminiscent of Vikings, complete with a Viking-style helmet, although it is only worn in his animated appearances. He wears black armor with silver circles along the torso, with silver chainmail sleeves. He has red wristbands, a large golden belt and blue pants. In animated appearances, he wears tall golden boots. In his Cinematic Universe portrayals, they are the same blue as his pants.
His appearances are most often depicted with him wielding Mjolnir in his hands.
Powers and Abilities
He possess a number of superhuman attributes common among the Asgardians but however, as the son of Odin, some are considerably more developed than those of the vast majority of his race. He is the second most powerful Asgardian, with only his father being more powerful than him and is one of the two strongest Avengers alongside the Hulk. Thor also has extensive combat prowess learned through centuries of training and battlefield experience.
- Asgardian Physiology: As an Asgardian, Thor has several superhuman abilities.
- Superhuman Strength: Thor has extraordinary strength, easily surpassing most other Asgardians. Typically in battle he will send opponents flying with a single blow, and has proven capable of outperforming a number of much larger opponents in tests of strength. With his bare hands he showed himself able to stagger the Hulk, and has overthrown a Leviathan with a single hammer blow. As the first born son of Odin, Thor is physically the strongest Asgardian alive.
- Superhuman Stamina: Thor's advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than the musculature of a human, and his fitness is also greater than most other Asgardians. His muscles produce minimal fatigue toxins during physical activity, enabling him to exert himself at peak capacity for extended periods without tiring.
- Invulnerability: Thor's skin, muscle, and bone are extremely dense and durable compared to that of humans, contributing to a proportionately greater mass and extreme physical durability. Thor can withstand impact trauma up to blows from the Hulk with little more than a bloodied nose. Thor was hit by a direct lightning strike from Gungnir, showing no injury. He was struck several times by Algrim, with only a few cuts to his face. He has also fallen from great heights without sustaining lasting damage.
- Superhuman Speed: Thor as a Asgardian can move faster than even the finest human athlete regardless of his great size, building and body density. He displayed this power while fighting Hulk in the Helicarrier as he tackled the Hulk through the wall of Helicarrier in a matter of second appearing as a blur.
- Superhuman Agility: Thor's agility, balance, and bodily coordination make him a great warrior in battle. He moves with incredible grace and speed despite his size and body density. He was able to dodge the wing of a jet fighter thrown at him by the Hulk while they battled in the hangar bay.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Thor's injuries heal at a staggering rate. He has recovered from moderate penetration wounds to the abdomen in a matter of minutes, and has been able to stand recover quickly from heavy impact trauma, including blows from the Hulk and a high impact fall. With Mjolnir in hand his recovery has extended to complete bodily restoration after suffering mortal injuries in a non-powered state.
- Superhuman Longevity: Thor has a lifespan far longer than that of a human being. While not truly immortal, he is known to be over one-thousand years of age.
- Atmokinesis: Though Thor's relying on Mjölnir has caused a lack of practise Thor is able to control weather without relying on Mjölnir. So far he has been seen only creating rain and electricity without relying Mjölnir.
- Electrokinesis: Thor is able to generate electricity from his body without relying on Mjölnir.
- Honed Agility: Centuries spent perfecting the art of close quarters combat have kept Thor at peak levels of fitness, and ensure that his co-ordination and reflexes are maintained at peak levels. He moves with a surprising grace and speed for someone of his size, as evidenced when he easily ducked under the wing of a plane the Hulk threw at him during their Helicarrier battle, and during his many fights where he is shown easily maneuver around his foes.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Thor is a superbly skilled warrior with a high aptitude and mastery of close quarters combat. He is known to be cunning and intuitive in battle, and has a wealth of experience from numerous conflicts throughout the Nine Realms and even with his power stripped from him, he was able to fight, and gain the advantage over, nearly a dozen S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers, prompting Agent Coulson to comment that he made the men, "some of the most highly trained soldiers in the world look like a bunch of minimum wage mall cops".
- Master Hammer Fighter: After centuries of practice wielding Mjolnir, Thor is a master of short-handled mace combat. His technique involves wielding the hammer primarily by the handle to affect powerful close range blows, and sometimes by the strap to achieve a fluid series of cyclical motions more commonly employed with mixed actions where the hammer's other traits are used. His technique also extends to using the hammer as a thrown weapon, which he does frequently to strike targets beyond his reach.
- High-level intellect/Master Tactician/Leader: For centuries Thor has led Asgard, including highly skilled warriors such as Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, into battle against forces with great leadership and employing strategies and tactics adapted from various civilizations across the Nine Realms, including forgotten ones. Although he is sometimes reckless and impulsive, Thor is highly intelligent.
Thor has no true weaknesses, as he is immune to every known disease, toxin, illness and ailment. However he will eventually die of old age (as Odin himself stated that Asgardians "are born, live, and die, just as humans do", though it will take around 5,000 or more years). The only things that can effect him are high-level magic users (such as Odin), or beings of similar or greater strength (such as the Hulk or Kurse), and the only material he seems to be unable to damage is Vibranium due to its ability to absorb and reflect vibrations, as shown when he fails to break through Captain America's shield or when he could not destroy Ultron's main body.
- Mjolnir: Thor has been entrusted with Mjolnir, a mystical hammer forged from the heart of a dying star. Odin himself stated that Mjolnir's power has no equal, as either a weapon to destroy or as a tool to build. Mjolnir, which resembles a mallet rather than a war hammer, has a number of elemental powers. Constructed of uru and combined with the various enchantments placed upon it by Odin, it is for all intents and purposes, indestructible. It has deflected blasts from the Destroyer and reflect a blast back into the Destroyer and several energy blasts from invading aliens. Thor often uses the hammer as a physical weapon, with almost nothing being capable of withstanding a hammer blow or throw. A few examples of the abilities Thor has shown with Mjolnir are:
- Weather Control: Wielding Mjolnir grants Thor the ability to control the base elements of a storm. It can control the elements and can create giant raging electrical storms complete with thunder, lightning, hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, and torrential rains at a moment's notice. He summoned a class 5 tornado to battle the Destroyer, and control the elements. He is remembered in myth and legends by the mortals of Midgard as the Norse Thunder God who used Mjolnir to summon rain, wind, thunder, lightning and more.
- Lightning: Thor's main weapon using Mjolnir is his lightning bolt. He summoned a lightning bolt strong enough to destroy a large piece of landscape in Jotunheim, a lightning bolt to knock down Loki on the Bifrost bridge, shot a lightning bolt at Iron Man that boosted his armor's power reserve to 475%. Thor shot a sustained lightning bolt at the portal of the Chitauri to ravage the re-enforcements that were swarming through
- Material Transformation: By summoning lightning from the sky into Mjolnir, Thor's clothing was transformed into his battle armor.
- Flight: Thor is capable of hurling Mjolnir with great force and, by holding onto the leather thong, is capable of flying through the air at tremendous speeds. How fast is not specified, but he was able to remain aloft in the middle of a Class 5 tornado, and traverse the distance from his father's chambers to Heimdall's observatory in seconds.
- Energy Projection: With Mjolnir, Thor can project powerful mystical blasts of energy. He can even channel energies for stronger energy attacks. With Mjolnir, Odin projected a powerful mystical blast of energy using it to channel an energy blast through it, taking away all of Thor's superhuman powers and destroys what was left of Thor's armor after stripping much of it from him and throwing him into the Bifrost.
- Mystical Link: Mjolnir obeys Thor's commands as though it were alive. Mjolnir went to Thor when it was in a crater from miles away, it came to him in seconds. Mjolnir will return to Thor whenever he throws it at an opponent. While battling the Hulk in a hanger of the Helicarrier, Thor summoned Mjolnir from another room and it came crashing through the Helicarrier to reach him.
- Worthiness Enchantment: Odin has ensured that only those who are deemed worthy may wield Mjölnir, and this test of worthiness effectively signals the worthiness to rule Asgard itself. The effect of this is that Mjolnir seems to be endlessly heavy to anyone who attempts to lift it, and it remains rooted to the spot if they try. Not even the Hulk with his vast strength can lift it, and attempts to use machinery to move it by avoiding direct contact are equally ineffective. Mjolnir's primary wielder is Thor, however Odin can also heft the hammer with ease. Steve Rogers has budged it slightly, and the Vision has also proven capable of both lifting the hammer, and wielding it in combat.
- Instantaneous Travel: Thor can also call upon Heimdal and the Bifrost Bridge whenever he desires, giving him nearly instantaneous travel between the realms. While on Earth, he frequently rides with the Avengers in one of the Quinjets for convenience, even though he can fly much faster than they can.
Centuries after the victory of the Asgardians over the Jotuns, Odin decides to make Thor King of Asgard, when Odin is about to name Thor king, he feels the presence of Frost Giants. Odin, Thor and Loki go to the vault and discovered that three Frost Giants have killed two Einherjar, Thor tells his father that Asgard must lead an army to Jotunheim but Odin tells him that is prohibited. Despite the prohibition of his father, Thor and his friends go to Jotunheim to confront Laufey, while in Jotunheim Thor kills and injures many Jotuns but in the course of the fight he and his allies are surrounded by the Frost Giants.
Odin arrives to Jotunheim to ask Laufey to forgive Thor's actions but Laufey is unwilling to forgive him then Odin attacks him. Back in Asgard Thor argues with his father which caused his banishment from Asgard and the loss of his powers, falling to Earth he meets Jane and her Friends. In this meeting Thor is electrocuted by Darcy when she feels "freaked out" by his behavior. In the morning Thor wakes up in a hospital which manages to escape only to be hurt again, this time by Jane.
With the help of Jane, Thor infiltrates in one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities to retrieve his hammer. When he fails to lift mjolnir Coulson sends agents to capture him. Coulson asks him some questions but he does not answer any, suddenly Selvig informs Coulson that Thor is his colleague "Donald Blake", despite not believe him Coulson releases Thor. The next day Thor is visited by his friends, the Warriors Three and Sif who informs him that Odin is still alive.
Later, Thor offered Loki his life in exchange to leave in peace to the people then the Destroyer hits him, with this Thor gets his worthiness to wield Mjolnir. Thor defeat the Destroyer with one blow of his Mjolnir, after this he and Coulson make an alliance and promises Jane to return soon. Back in Asgard, Thor and Loki have an intense combat, which results in the destruction of Bifrost Bridge.
When they're about to fall into the abyss Odin comes to rescue them, Loki seeing that his actions have not earned him the respect he wanted, he allows himself to fall into the space while Thor laments the loss of his brother. Days later, Thor makes peace with his father and talk with Heimdall about the possibility of returning to Earth.
When Asgard discovers the dastardly Loki is upon Earth, seeking the Tesseract, Odin uses dark sorcery to send Thor to Earth to stop him. Thor lands on the jet in which Loki is being escorted back to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier by Captain America, Iron Man, and the beautiful Black Widow and takes Loki from their custody. Thor tries to convince Loki to give up his plans and return home to Asgard with the Tesseract, though Loki still resents him.
Iron Man attacks him and the couple trade blows when Iron Man refuses to allow Thor to take Loki away. When Captain America intervenes, he points out that they shouldn't be fighting each other, and asks Thor to put Mjolnir down. In response, Thor strikes Iron Man aside and brings his hammer down on Captain America, who blocks it with his shield. The shield absorbs the impact, shocking Thor, who realizes they have the same goal and stops fighting.
They return to the Helicarrier, where Loki is put into a cell designed to hold the Hulk and dispose of him if necessary. Thor is quick to point out that while Loki is unstable he is still his adoptive brother. Later he asks Coulson about Jane Foster and is told that she was moved to a secure location when Loki returned and Erik Selvig was put under his control. Thor is asked by Fury if he is capable of inflicting torture on Loki to reveal his goals.
Later as Thor and the others argue, Loki's mind controlled henchmen blow up one of the Helicarrier's engines and help free Loki, also triggering Banner to unwillingly transform into the Hulk. Thor fights the Hulk, being the only one who can match him in strength. After the Hulk has been led off of the Helicarrier, Thor goes to make sure Loki is still contained. When he arrives the cell door is open, and Thor tries to stop Loki leaving. It turns out to be an illusion and Thor gets trapped in the cell. Loki threatens to drop the cage when Coulson confronts him with a gun made from the Destroyer. Loki stabs Coulson and proceeds to drop Thor. As he plummets towards Earth, Thor manages to smash free from the cell just in time to avoid the impact.
After recovering, Thor uses Mjolnir's powers to replenish his strength before he heads to New York city to confront Loki. Arriving at Stark Tower Loki has used the Tesseract to open a portal allowing the Chitauri to invade Earth. Thor again tries to convince him to stop, since the Chitauri are destroying the world he wants to rule. Failing, he briefly clashes with his brother before Loki flees on a Chitauri vessel. Serving as First Sergeant of the group, Thor joins the team leader Captain America, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow on the battlefield and starts helping to fight the Chitauri just before both Iron Man and the Hulk join them.
Captain America orders Thor to use his power to stem the flow of enemies coming through the portal, which he does use lightning bolts. He then joins the battle once more and helps Hulk bring down a Leviathan. During the battle he gets punched by Hulk for their earlier fight at the Helicarrier. Soon, Iron Man sends a nuclear missile intended for the city through the portal. This destroys the Chitauri base, causing the forces to be cut off from their power source and die, while the Black Widow closes the portal.
Once the crisis is over, Thor joins the other Avengers in confronting Loki, who had already been beaten into submission by the Hulk, and takes him into custody. After claiming the Tesseract, Thor takes Loki back to Asgard, by opening a portal with it and leaves the other Avengers in Central Park.
One year after the Battle of New York, when the evil scientist and terrorist Aldrich Killian kept Tony captured in his mansion he mentioned Thor when he referred to him as the "Big Dude with the Hammer".
In the beginning of the film, Thor and his allies continue to maintain peace within the Nine Realms, recently fending off a group of Marauders attempting to start a war in the realms. During this war Thor serves as a general in the Asgardian army.
On Earth, Thor returns to Jane after the latter accidentally absorbed the Aether. Foster first slaps him in the face twice, before he grabs her and gets beamed back to Asgard.
Soon however, Asgard is invaded by the Dark Elves. During the invasion, Thor sees his mother die. In anger he shoots a lighting bolt to Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves and throws Mjolnir into him and Algrim. Tjrough this throw he sends them back to their ship. The Asgardians then held a funeral for Frigga and the other dead Asgardians. Because Thor knows that Malekith will return he wants to move Jane, but Odin won't let him. He then comes up with a plan, for which he frees Loki. They, together with Jane, use one of the ships from the Dark Elves to leave the palace. While they are trying to leave Sif and Volstagg delay the guards. When the Dark Elves ship flies next to Bifrost Bridge Thor pushes Loki out of the ship and jumps, with Jane in in arms, out himself. They all land on an Asgardian Skiff driven by Fandral. During their escape they get hunted by other Asgardian skiffs, but Fandral takes out those soldiers. Loki then brings them to Svartalfheim trough a secret passage.
On Svartalfheim, Thor and Loki start having an argument about trust. Loki says Thor can't trust him and uses his dagger to cut of thor's hand. Loki then brings Jane to Malekith and says that all he wants in return for her is a good spot to see Asgard burn.
Malekith starts to draw the Aether out of Jane and while still doing this Loki turns of the illusion they used for Thor his hand. Thor then shoots a lighting bold which causes the Aether to explode. Loki saves Jane by jumping on top of her. Malekith, who already gained enough power leaves and tells Algrim to take care of them. He tries to do this by throwing a Black Hole Grenade in the air in which Loki almost gets sucked. Algrim then starts to beat up Thor but gets stabbed in the back by Loki. Algrim does not get hurt by this and uses the sword, which is still in his chest, to pierce Loki, who manages to press one of Algrim his bombs which causes him to die. At the same moment Loki dies in Thor's arms.
Thor and Jane then enter a cave filled with objects that didn't come back when Jane and the others played in the storage house. Jane grabs the keys of Ian's car and then they walk further in to the cave and get transported to the storage house in England.
When Thor and the others reach Greenwich, the Nine Realms are almost in line. Thor starts to fight Malekith. During this fight they enter many different realms. The fight ends with Thor getting teleported to a subway and Malekith back to Greenwhich. Here he starts to release the Aether.
When Malekith tells Thor that the Aether can't be destroyed. Thor tells Malekith that he, however, can be and uses the teleportation devices from Erik Selvig to teleport Malekith back to Svartalfheim. When the ship of Malekith starts to colapse Selvig uses the last of his devices to teleport it to Svartalfheim, where it crushes and kills Malekith.
After the battle, Thor brings the Aether to Asgard and tells Odin (who is actually Loki using a magical disguise) that he does not want to become king. He then retuns to Earth, where he is reunited with Jane.
After the destruction of Project Insight, the Avengers were oficially reassembled with Iron Man's financing and Captain America's leadership. The Avengers arrived in Sokovia to take down the last known base of HYDRA and retrieve Loki's scepter. While they fight, Thor was glad to retrieve the scepter as J.A.R.V.I.S. informed them that this was the most protected HYDRA base. Soon after, Captain America informed him that a powered people and it was the fastest person he had seen, even though he could not see him. Thor asked Rogers retrieve the scepter at any cost. With the battle won, the team traveled back to Avengers Tower. During the trip, Romanoff asked him what was Hulk's contribution, Thor replied that the moans of his victims are still listening, seeing that Banner felt bad about what he had done, he unsuccessfully tried to make to feel good with him. Also, Stark asked him to study the scepter for three days, which Thor agreed.
Thor attended the party that Stark organized in honor of victory over HYDRA. During the party, he and Stark discussed who was the best girlfriend, if Jane or Pepper. Although Pepper ran successfully Stark Industries, for him Jane was better. When the party ended, he saw how his teammates unsuccessfully tried to lift Mjolnir. Thor explained that they were not worthy to wield Mjolnir. Suddenly, a damaged robot arrived and described the Avengers as killers and then proceeded to attack them by Iron Legion. Ultron explained that was only one path to peace: their extinction; Thor then threw his hammer destroying Ultron. The next day, Thor returned to Avengers Tower from pursuing a Legionary and informed the group that the robot is heading to the north towards an unknown location. After locating the next destination of Ultron, the Avengers went to Salvage Yard to destroy Ultron and defeat the Maximoff twins. Here, they faced with Ultron and the twins. During the battle, Scarlet Witch used her powers on Thor, causing that the God of Thunder had a hallucination. With the team sad by defeat, Hawkeye took them to a place where they could relax and then out to fight.
Determined to find answers, Thor decided not to stay on the farm and chose to go with Erik Selvig so that he help him find the Water of Sights. He warned Selvig that it was a very dangerous mission, Selvig replied that he would be disappointed if it was not. After finding it, Thor plunged into them and was able to see his entire vision and discovered that the gem from Loki's scepter was an Infinity Stone. Thor returned to Avengers Tower and using his Mjolnir created a powerful lightning gave birth to synthetic android. He explained to his companions that this gem was an Infinity Gem Stone and Stark was right because the android might be able to defeat Ultron. He witnessed as Vision was able to easily lift Mjonir. He traveled to Sokovia before his teammates to find out how they could stop the Ultron's Doomsday Machine.
Soon after, Thor helped Captain America save many civilians from Ultron Sentries. Angered by Thor's actions, Ultron took him to the church to fight hand to hand with him. Thor told Ultron that there's life in his breasst he would not surrender but all this was in order to distract Ultron, allowing Vision hit him with Mjolnir. After attacking Ultron, Vision told Thor that Mjolnir had an amazing balance, he replied that the key is that it's not too heavy and gave the swing more power. As the Avengers defeated easily the Sentries, Thor challenged Ultron to fight with all their might, Ultron then summoned his Sentries to fight with the Avengers. He fought fiercely against Sentries and when Vision attacked Ultron, he along with Iron Man helped by blasted it with his Mjolnir. As Sokovia was about hit Earth, Thor and Iron Man destroyed the city to avoid the global extinction.
After Ultron's defeat, Thor went to New Avengers Facility to say goodbye to Tony and Steve. He told them that Vision was worthy to wield the gem and should return to Asgard to find out who was the ally of Loki. Rogers asked him if he could do it, Thor replied that everything in this universe made sense, except Stark. Heimdall then opened the Bifrost allowing Thor return to Asgard.
A year after the Battle of Sokovia, when Thaddeus Ross presented the Sokovia Accords to The Avengers he was mentioned with Bruce Banner by Ross of the importance of the Accords. He also mentioned them when he interrogated Steve on their whereabouts in which the latter remains unresponsive.
In the film's post-credits scene, Thor is seen discussing with Doctor Strange inside the New York Sanctum. Thor explains to Strange that he came to him for aid in finding Loki and Odin as Thor discovered Loki was still alive and is trying to pursue him. Expressing interest in the mystical affair, Strange agrees to help Thor track Loki and Odin down.
Marvel Animated Universe
Thor makes an appearance in the episode "Field Trip", where he helps defeat the Frost Giant that appeared in the museum after Iron Fist read the Asgardian language written on a stone. He was briefly turned into a frog by a spell, but the spell is lifted after the battle against Loki and the Frost Giants. He later appears in "Run, Pig, Run" to protect Spider-Man, who had been transformed into a pig (Spider-Ham) by Loki, from a boar hunt led by Executioner.
Thor is a regular in the series as one of the members of the Avengers roster.
The Wrecking Crew, trying to steal a piece of Stark Industries technology, are confronted by a squadron of police, whom they easily defeat using their powers. When Jane Foster arrives to treat the wounded, she is surrounded by the Crew, who start to advance on her when one of them is knocked back by Mjolnir, which was thrown by Thor.
Instructing the 'mortals' to stand back, he subsequently defeats most of the Crew. When their leader takes Jane as a hostage, Thor uses Mjolnir to attack him from behind, freeing Jane. As they are getting acquainted, with Thor asking her why she risks her life if she is mortal, they are interrupted by Heimdall, who says Thor is desperately needed in Asgard. Saying goodbye to a dumbstruck Jane, Thor flies onto the portal, leaving her alone on the pier.
When Thor arrives in Asgard, he is informed by Heimdall that the Frost Giants are marching towards Odin's throne. Since the Odinsleep is almost upon him, the King is weakened, and must rely on his warriors to stop them. Expressing frustration at not being able to help Thor due to his duty to defend the Bifrost Bridge, Thor tells him that he will fell a Frost Giant in his name. Thor then goes to confront the Giants.
He arrives at the scene of the fight just as one of the Giants is about to kill Sif. He breaks the creature's ax just as it is about to crush the female Asgardian, then confronts another Giant who is armed with a sword. As they battle, causing massive property damage to Asgard in the process, Odin sees through his ravens that Thor has arrived, and breathes a sigh of relief. Thor continues to battle the Giants, and is about to finish them off when he is suddenly frozen by an unseen foe. He easily breaks free, but is pummeled by the remaining Giants. Just as one is about to bite his head off, Thor comes to and calls Mjolnior to him, just barely escaping the Giant's teeth. He then proceeds to kill the Giants with a massive bolt of lightning.
As he surveys his victory, Thor is suddenly attacked from behind by Loki. Thor, seeing who attacked him, pleads with Loki to return to the person Thor once knew, but the god simply laughs at him, telling him he had his chance to pick sides, and lunges with his spear. Using Mjolnir, Thor fights his brother, and gains the advantage. He is about to finish Loki off with a huge blast of energy, when Loki simply vanishes. Proclaiming that Loki cannot beat him, Thor is again attacked from behind by Loki, who tries his best to stop Thor. Having had enough, Thor simply deflects his brothers attacks, and captures Loki, bringing him before Odin.
Odin is heart broken and infuriated by Loki's continued attempts to overthrow him, his own father, but Loki yells that Odin is not his father. He rants on about Odin being a liar and king of fools, but he pushes Odin too far, who banishes him to the Isle of Silence. When the deed is done, Thor approaches Odin, who tells him it is almost time for the Odinsleep, and that Thor has much to prepare. Thor, however, says that Balder and Sif will be there to defend him, while he goes back to attend Midgard. Outraged, Odin tells Thor that Asgard is his responsibility, not Midgard, but Thor rebuffs this, stating that he will not be apart of Odin's game any longer.
He accuses his father of keeping everyone under his heel, and that he could have stopped Lokis attack before it even happened. Just as Odin is about to lash out at him, Thor says that he will always be there to defend Asgard, if it needs it, but that he will see to Midagrd until then. He storms out, with Odin allowing his son to leave. Thor expresses some regret to himself over his actions, but remains firm in his belief that Earth is where he is needed the most. With that, he flies off back to Midgard, failing to notice that someone was watching him as he left.
Thor is observing the city when he is approached by Balder. Thor asks him why he is there, he sees the sadness in Balder's eyes, and asks who sent him instead. Balder says that Odin wants Thor to return home to Asgard, to defend it while Odin sleeps. Thor, however, refuses, which makes Balder question why Thor stays on Midgard. Thor says that he is needed there more than Asgard, since they fighting in Asgard is meaningless, and everything that happens on Earth is not. They are interrupted by sirens, and Thor sees Jane Foster tending someone who is hurt. However, a car bounces off of another car, which had previously been in an accident, and is about to crush her when Thor swoops down and saves her. Expressing gratitude, Jane asks Thor if he had been following her, to which he says yes, because she intrigues him.
The two of them go to a cafe, where they discuss their individual lives, where Thor tells her about Odin and the Odinsleep. Hearing that his world is in danger while Odin sleeps, Jane tells Thor he should go back. Just as it seems Thor might reconsider and go back home, there is an explosion. Thor takes off to investigate the disturbance.
Thor is the first of Earth's heroes to confront the mad and very powerful Graviton, and is the first to witness his gravity-bending powers, which affect even the mighty Asgardian warrior. However, not one to back down, Thor continues to fight, until he is sent beneath the ocean by Graviton's power. He remains buried beneath the sand until the other heroes of Earth arrive, and distract Graviton enough for Thor to free himself. Rejoining the battle, Thor teams up with Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp in an attempt to stop Graviton. When Graviton lifts a huge portion of New York, which he is going to use to destroy the rest of the city, Thor uses Mjolnir to stop him, then flies down to catch the huge portion of earth and prevent it from causing a huge tidal wave which would have killed thousands.
When they are all subdued by the insanely powerful villain, the Hulk arrives to aid them, and the battle shifts in their favor. In the end, after Hulk beats up Graviton, Wasp continues to sting him, Giant Man throws a huge ship on him, and Iron Man weakens him with a Uni-Beam, Thor unleashes his full power against the villain, and strikes him with a huge blast of lightning and magic, finally bringing the foe down (however, Wasp is the one to render him unconscious with a final sting when Thor's attack is done). After their victory, Thor group-hugs the informal team, but then S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives to re-capture the Hulk, who had been freed from the Cube along with most of Earth's villains.
As Hulk is about to attack, the others stand up for him, Thor included, and Iron Man says that the Hulk is as much of a hero as the rest of them were. Then, Iron Man asks the other four to join him as a team to bring down the remaining villains. When they all agree, and Wasp comes up with a name for the group, the Avengers are officially formed.
Thor and Iron Man searched for Hulk with Wasp and Ant Man in the Quinjet. Thor told Iron Man he should rely on his instincts then on technology, but, just as he said that Iron Man found a frozen Captain America, who was still alive. When Captain America was thawed out, he immediately started to attack the Avengers. He realized the world needed him again and he joined the Avengers.
Thor and Wasp chased down A.I.M agents and ran into MODOC, who eventually escaped. Thor told Wasp that Scientists are not meant to to be trusted. The two of them joined Iron Man, Captain America, and Ant-Man in battle against Wonder Man.
Thor then assisted his team during their hunt for former S.H.I.E.L.D. member Hawkeye. He and his team stealth fully chased Hawkeye through the city until Clay Quartermain, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., notified the Avengers that S.H.I.E.L.D. needed their help with the Leader. Thor entered the dome the Leader inhabited with the rest of his teammates, being the only one who didn't need a suit to keep the Gamma radiation from infecting them. When Wasp was turned into a wasp-like creature, Thor tried to snap her out of her trace, while protecting Doc Samson. These efforts were in vain to Wasp but Thor eventually returned her to normal, with help from the other Avengers.
Thor ended up being the only Avenger unaffected by the Gamma-radiation the Leader had released after his first failure. When questioned by the Leader on why he was not infected, Thor explained that it was because he was Asgardian and was unaffected by the same things mortals are. Realizing that he is useless in his plans, Leader has Abomination and Absorbing Man attack him, the latter absorbing Mjolnir's material. However, Thor was able to control Absorbing Man and sent him flying into the Leader. He later helped Hawkeye and Hulk defeat Leader.
Thor and the rest of the Avengers faced the Masters of Evil, comprised of several supervillains they had previously faced. He was captured and talked to by Enchantress, who told him that she wanted him after he asked what she wanted from the Avengers. After being freed, Thor aided in the battle against the villains until the Masters of Evil fled.
Thor helped Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Captain Marvel defeat a Kree Sentry Drone that was about to use the Nega-Bomb inside it to wipe out Earth. Ant-Man was knocked out but was still alive. Thor, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel took the bomb into space after the robot was destroyed. Thor threw the bomb far away from Earth. It exploded and the blast knocked Thor out. Hulk caught him and he recovered.
Thor helped Ant-Man and Wasp escort Blizzard to Prison 42. Later, he fought Kang the Conqueror and protected Captain America, who Kang blamed for the destruction of his timeline. He showed them the future. Thor blasted him with lightning and let him flee. Kang launched his machines and sent them to attack New York. Thor and the other Avengers defeated them and went into space to stop Kang. Thor stopped Kang from firing a weapon that could destroy the city, but got hurt. After Kang was defeated, Wasp visited him in the hospital.
Thor fought Radioactive Man with Iron Man and Black Panther at Stark Tower. He managed to throw him into the Arc Reactor, but Radioactive Man absorbed the energy. Iron Man tried to send it into the ground, but Thor unleashed lightning and send lots of water to pour onto the reactor, defeating Radioactive Man. He later felt magic and found out that The Casket of Ancient Winters was opened by Malakith, who was trying to bring the Dark Elves to Midgard. Thor, Black Panther, and Iron Man defeated him and closed the casket, which was then stolen by the Enchantress. Thor tried to follow her into Asgard, but found out that he was locked out.
Thor was teleported to Asgard where he was imprisoned and Mjolnir was put in a protection spell by Loki, who conquered Asgard. Loki reminisced to Thor about his admonishment of his father. Thor was not convinced of the accusations of Odin that Loki tried to convince him about. Loki explained to him that he only had to conquer Midgard, which made Thor furious. Loki explained how he fooled Thor of leaving Asgard and how he kept him in Midgard. Loki escorted Thor outside the throne room, there he warned Loki that he will avenge Asgard. Loki doubted it and showed his execution place.
Thor watched how Loki was furious that Avengers arrived in Asgard and calling out Hoarfen. Thor made a remark about that he still did not win even with the Odinforce. The Hoarfen was pushed into the throne room, where the Avengers, Faradei, Sif and Warriors Three arrived. They fought each other and Thor watched when they were easily defeated by the might of Loki. They were about to be finished off until Iron Man appeared with his Uru Armor and distracted Loki. Thor was eventually freed by Hawkeye and ordered him, Ant-Man and Black Panther to go after the source of Loki's power the Yggdrasil, while he goes after Loki.
Thor touched through the magic spell of Loki to achieve his hammer back. He eventually reached Mjolnir and went after Loki. Thor fought against Loki, until he went berserk by the cause of Odinforce. He warned Loki that he could accidentally destroy all the Nine Realms, which he ignored and went through the process. When Giant Man pulled out the Tree of Life, Thor watched how Loki lost his power over the Odinforce. Thor stood alongside, Hulk, Captain America and Wasp and entrapped Loki between them and Black Panther, Ant-Man and Hawkeye. He saw that his father has awakened and how he punished Loki, sending him to the Midgard Serpent.
Thor stood alongside the other Avengers, where he was gratified by Odin that they were freed from Loki. Thor denied it since he himself was freed by Avengers. Thor showed gratitude towards his friends, which made Odin also gave his gratitude to them and all the Asgardians praised and cheered the heroes. Thor stayed at Asgard to rebuild it and secure Asgard from evil.
Thor worried about his father being too weak to fight against Surtur. Balder asked for his explanation, that Thor missed his mortal girlfriend Jane Foster. Sif interrupted them, telling that Thor should return. Before Thor could explain Odin arrived. He reported them that Surtur is not in Muspelheim and wondering why he did not attack Asgard yet. The Warriors Three arrived, reporting that something trouble Heimdall, Thor suggested that he will take care of it. Heimdall saw the Skuttlebutt and sensed Surtur's aura around. Thor decided to check it out and convinced Heimdall to go after the ship.
He arrived near the ship and is attacked by it, he deflected the attacks and broke in the ship. He noticed how there are beings encased in ice and soon after is ambushed by Beta Ray Bill. He took care of the Bill, by throwing Mjolnir at him. He was shocked to see Bill lifting Mjolnir. Bill with the Mjolnir prevailed against Thor and before he could deliver the final blow, he was teleported to Asgard, who was summoning the one worthy to lift Mjolnir. Thor was still in the ship, which detected that the Fire Demons were coming, he was soon after teleported to Asgard, there he warned his father about Bill. The former explained his backstory and Thor offered his help by letting him give his Mjolnir, Odin reminded him that there is another way. They went to Eitri who tried to let Eitri make another hammer for Bill, Thor convinced the dwarf king to make one.
Thor along with Bill and Sif went to the Skuttlebutt which was under attack by the Fire Demons. Enchantress possessed by Surtur showed up, which surprised Thor. Together with Bill they fend off the Fire Demons and Thor tried to wake the Enchantress up from Surtur's possession. Thor and Bill then unleashed their powerful attacks on her and freed her temporarily from Surtur's possession, and left the scene. Bill wondered if she would be gone for good, which Thor doubted. They went back to the Skuttlebutt and he bade farewell to Bill.
While Thor was away from the team, the Avengers had several members leave. Thor returned to the Avengers while they were in the middle of stopping a Skrull invasion. He returned after Queen Veranke told the Avengers that she and the rest of the Skrulls came to the world. Thor doubted they would win and fought alongside with several of the Avengers against the Skrulls. After returning and finding out Captain America had been replaced by a Skrull, he commented that Captain America would have to repair his relationship with the distrustful citizens.
Thor helped Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, and Iron Man find Spider-Man and Captain America after the Serpent Society attacked them.
He later helped Black Panther and Captain America defend Wakanda from Vision, who tried to steal Cap's Shield while it was being repaired. Thor, with the help of Hawkeye, Black Panther, and Captain America, repaired the Shield and defeated Vision. After the fight, Black Panther returned to the Avengers.
When the Wrecking Crew attacked New York, Thor helped Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Captain America fight them when he got struck by magic. He became a mortal could not fight. Iron Man and Captain America lost their powers too. Loki attacked them while piloting The Destroyer. Thor found inner strength and the Avengers regained their powers. They defeated Loki and placed The Destroyer in a container.
Thor, along with Wasp, Ms. Marvel, and Captain America, defended Prison 42 when Annihilus attacked it and tried to go through the portal. Thor told Skurge the Executioner that Amora was in the hands of Surtur during the fight, and promised to free her someday. When he was attacked by bugs, Skurge rescued him. After The Leader disrupted Annihilus' shields, Thor defeated him and saved Prison 42.
When the robot Avengers and Captain America attacked Thor and captured him, Vision saved the others and Wasp revived Thor, who then fought the robots. Thor tried to destroy Ultron but couldn't because he was invincible. Vision made Ultron's be able to be removed from his body. Thor knocked Ultron's head off and caused the robot to explode. He and the other Avengers escaped the building, which was now on fire, along with Vision who joined the team and has been a member since then.
Marvel vs. Capcom series
Thor appears as a non-playable assistant character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and was promoted to being a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and was just recently confirmed to be playable in the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Thor made his first meet-and-greet appearance at Disneyland in 2013 with his own spot in the former Innoventions attraction prior to its closure as a way to promote Thor: The Dark World. He proved to be popular enough to continue meet-and-greets past the duration for the promotion, eventually moving to a spot in front of Innoventions after its closure on November 1, 2013. His next meet-and-greet spot was inside the Super Hero HQ in the Tomorrowland Expo Center with Spider-Man on November 16, 2015. Thor stopped doing meet-and-greets on a regular basis when Spider-Man moved over to Disney California Adventure for meet-and-greets with Captain America in April 2016.
Thor returned temporarily for meet-and-greets as a last minute addition during the limited-time Summer of Heroes event at Disney California Adventure, which ran from May 27 to September 10, 2017. He returned for another meet-and-greet along with his adopted brother Loki in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure as a way to promote Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017.
He also currently appears annually at the Super Heroes Half Marathon runDisney event as a meet-and-greet character.
- Thor's Asgardian armor in Season 1 of Earth's Mightiest Heroes is quite similar to the one in the Marvel comics.
- Thor's hammer Mjolnir is based on the comics but more resembles the Mjolnir from Norwegian myth.
- Thor's Season 2 look in Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Thor is his current look in the comics which is also known as "Thor Reborn".
- Thor's transformation into a frog references when he himself was turned into a frog in the comics. In fact, his frog form also resembles Throg the Frog of Thunder, an amphibian ally of Thor who also has his powers.
- In The Avengers, when Thor first appears on Earth, his 'costume' is a variant of his Thor costume and resembles the classic Thor design by Jack Kirby, with no sleeves and his trademark cape. Later in the film, when on the Helicarrier, his costume nods towards the Ultimate version of the character based on art by Brian Hitch, which had no cape, no sleeves and stripped-down armour. In the third act of the film, Thor summons lightning which magically completes his armor, adding his armor, discs and chainmail sleeves as he looked in Thor, based on the 2007 redesign by Oliver Coipel. Whereas his Thor costume was black with silver discs, his suit in The Avengers is more blue-ish with much of the armor on his torso becoming silver.
- It is stated in The Avengers that Thor was able to get back to Earth thanks to the powers of Odin; however, Loki commented that Odin would have had to "summon up" a lot of "dark energy." This suggests that this action may be tiring, and possibly even dangerous or frowned upon by Odin, and was likely why the Bifrost meant so much to the Asgardians.
- Regina gave Henry a Thor comic book in an episode of Once Upon a Time.
- Originally Chris' brother, Liam Hemsworth, was on the shortlist to play Thor. After Kenneth Branagh decided to change the shortlist, he decided to consider Chris. Liam gave Chris tips on how to get the role.
- Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned for the role of Thor, but was cast as Loki instead.