In Thor # 19, Marvel’s God of Thunder merges with an unlikely character in a story that would work perfectly as a prequel in MCU.
WARNING: The following are major spoilers for Thor # 19, now available from Marvel Comics.
Thor has been an almost unwavering part of the Marvel universe for almost six decades now, and in that time he has been a part of quite a few team-ups. The thunder god’s recent problems have left him in need of guidance, and the one person who can help is also the last one Thor wants to work with … his father, Odin. Despite their problems, Thor and Odin form a remarkable team with a dynamic that would translate well into MCU.
It has not been an easy transition for Thor to switch from Asgard’s foremost guardian to its abominable ruler, especially as he has begun to lose touch with his enchanted hammer Mjolnir. When it became clear that he could no longer effectively use the enchanted hammer, Thor left the weapon in the custody of his other Avengers, only to be subsequently stolen by an unknown party. This causes the God of Thunder to seek out a troubled alliance with his father in locating and retrieving Mjolnir in Thor # 19 (by Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson and VC’s Joe Sabino).
Odin has always been a powerful figure, but he has not been the same since he passed much of his strength on to his son at Thor’s ascension to the throne. This combined with his stoic, stubborn behavior has only further separated Odin from his son and builds on problems that have existed between them for centuries. These problems boiled over when Jane Foster was assigned Thor’s cloak in Odinson’s place, and was recently made even more complicated when the persona Odin created for her son, Donald Blake, mercilessly attacked Asgard.
The two may at times share a proud contempt for each other, but not even divine tension between father and son is enough to prevent Thor and Odin from working together when the universe needs them. Their relationship is no doubt complicated, but it also has the building blocks of a budding police duo that could become a breakout hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is already one of the most beloved main characters in MCU, and any chance of seeing him opposite Anthony Hopkins’ Odin on the screen will definitely be worth it. There are also the thousands of years of history that each of these characters could borrow for a prequel story that could provide more insight into both of their stories.
Although the chances of an Odin / Thor team-up becoming the focus of an MCU feature may be small at the moment, a compelling story involving the two is now being told in the comics. The All-Fathers of Asgard have only just begun their hunt for Mjolnir, but it has already seen them wander from the outer reaches of space to Nidavellir’s decimated furnaces.
The heroic journey of these two powerful figures gives father and son a unique opportunity to agree on their disagreements and possibly override their disagreements once and for all. At the very least, their dynamics are interesting to watch and add more depth to an already compelling story.
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