- For other characters based on the same mythological figure see Thor.
Thor Odinson is 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.
First appearing in Thor, Thor is a major character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only Avenger that is non-human and one of the few superheroes in the MCU with genuine super powers (the others being the Hulk and Captain America). Thor wields the mystical war hammer Mjölnir, which controls the weather, but he himself also has godlike strength, durability and agility. He is based on the mythological thunder-god of the same name from Norse mythology.
Thor had an idyllic childhood, brought up in Asgard as the treasured son of Odin and his wife Frigga. His best friend and playmate was his adopted brother Loki, and though they were rivals for their father's throne, they still remained close companions.
Brought up in the warrior culture of the Asgardians, Thor valued strength, courage, and loyalty above all else. He desired to be exactly like his father the war hero, and often remarks on the monsters he will slay and the wars he will win when he is king. Thor would be worshiped as a deity of strength and courage among Scandinavian cultures.
He proves himself a great warrior, often leading his band of warriors (which includes Loki, the Lady Sif, and the Warriors Three) on adventures. However, he is also known to be reckless. This becomes evident when Loki jokingly reminds him that he would be dead had he not used a smoke veil to ease their escape during one battle.
Although Odin chose him as his heir, he openly remarked that he thought Thor was a "vain, greedy, cruel boy" after Thor started an ill-advised war against the Frost Giants. It is later revealed that Loki was never in contention for the throne because of his Frost Giant heritage. This means that regardless of his boyish attitude, Thor was always meant to be king.
Exile to Earth and ReturnEditIn the present day, a ceremony in Asgard is about to let Thor ascend to the Throne of Asgard, as Odin is about to finally enter the Odinsleep after putting it off for so long. Thor revels in the ceremony and undergoes the passage of becoming King from Odin. As Odin is about to name Thor King, he senses that Frost Giants have snuck into Asgard and into Odin's Vault to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters. Odin, Thor and Loki go to the vault to find the Frost Giants slain by the Destroyer. Thor insists that they must send an army to Jotunheim as Odin did before him, though he is forbidden to do so. Later, Thor gathers his friends Sif and the Warriors Three and disobeys Odin's orders to force answers out of Laufey, king of Jotunheim. Convincing Heimdall, the warrior who guards the Bifrost, Thor and his allies visit Jotunheim to interrogate Laufey without success. Thor's pride forces him to begin a battle with the Jotuns which leaves many of them dead or vengeful. Odin arrives just in time to safe Thor and the others before they are outnumbered. Thor's actions lead Laufey to threaten Asgard with a new war. Upon returning to Asgard and arguing once more with Thor about his actions, Odin calls Thor a "vain, greedy, cruel boy" and declares him unworthy to be King. As punishment for his actions, Thor is stripped of his mighty hammer Mjölnir and his godlike strength and banished to Earth where he is forced to live as a mortal - although Odin enchants Mjölnir so that if anyone holds the hammer and is worthy, they shall gain Thor's power and be able to use the hammer - before throwing the hammer through the Bifrost to Earth. Thor lands in New Mexico and is hit by a truck driven by researchers Jane Foster, Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis. Thor is tazered by Darcy when she feels "freaked out" by his behavior. Thor wakes in a hospital bed where he thinks he is being held captive. He eventually escapes and meets Jane Foster again, who wants to speak to him on how he ended up in the storm which brought him to Earth. Thor is instantly attracted to Jane and overhears a conversation between to two men who claim to have been trying to remove a satellite from a crater in the desert. He realizes this is in fact Mjölnir. Thor is accused by Selvig of being insane due to his claims to be the Son of Odin and is compelled to leave them. However, fate allows him to bump into Jane again, who drives him to the crater where the intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. are investigating the hammer. Thor uses his Asgardian warrior skills to fight past dozens of agents until he reaches Mjölnir, but finds that he cannot lift the hammer because it has deemed him unworthy. Thor is imprisoned by Phil Coulson and speaks with a vision of Loki, who deceives Thor by telling him that Odin is dead and Thor's banishment is conditional on the truce with Jotunheim. Thor enters a state of depression until he is freed by Erik Selvig, who tells the agents that Thor is a former physician named Donald Blake. Thor returns to Jane and gives her a fraction of her research which S.H.I.E.L.D. had stolen. He then explains to her about his godhood, Asgard and the Nine Realms and, for the first time, feels comfortable as a mortal man. The next day, Thor's friends the Warriors Three and Sif arrive to bring him home, explaining that Odin is alive and Loki has claimed leadership over Asgard. Loki sends the Destroyer to kill Thor, leveling the small town. After the Asgardians fail to defeat the Destroyer, Thor offers his life to the automaton to save the Earth. A blow from the Destroyer kills Thor' mortal form, restoring his worthiness to wield Mjölnir and reclaim his powers. Thor defeats the Destroyer and promises Phil Coulson an alliance - as long as S.H.E.I.L.D return the research they took from Jane, to which Coulson agrees. Thor sets out to return to Asgard, promising Jane that he will return for her and gives her a passionate kiss before leaving. Thor reveals Loki's plot to their mother Frigga and battles Loki at Bifrost, which is destroying Jotunheim with its power after Loki using the Casket of Ancient Winters to keep the Bifrost open. Unable to close the Bifrost, Thor chooses to save the Jotuns by instead shattering the rainbow bridge with his hammer and destroying Bifrost. Odin awakens and arrives just in time to save Loki and Thor from falling into space. Loki, seeing that his actions have not earned him the respect he wanted, allows himself to fall into the abyss while Thor cries out for his brother.
Thor mourns Loki's apparent death and longs to see Jane again, knowing he cannot as long as Bifrost is gone. He makes amends with his father and speaks with Heimdall about the likelihood of returning to Earth, to which Heimdall offers hope.
The AvengersEditOne year after the destruction of the Bifrost, Thor's mother discovered that Loki was alive and seeking the Tesseract. Heimdall confirmed Loki being alive and informed Thor that the search for the Tesseract had led to Earth. Thor decided to stop Loki but couldn't because the Bifrost was destroyed. However, Odin knew another way. Odin used dark energy to send Thor to Earth. Landing on top of the SHEILD Jet carrying Loki to the Helicarrier, Thor knocks Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America to one side before taking Loki from them. Thor tries to convince Loki to give up his plans and return home to Asgard with the Tesseract, though Loki still resents him for 'feeling like a shadow standing in the shade of [Thor's] greatness' as well as insulting Thor's protection of Earth while humnaity slaughters each other. His conversation is interrupted when Iron Man attacks him and the two trade blows when Iron Man refuses to allow Thor to take Loki away. When Captain America intervenes in the battle, he points out that they shouldn't be fighting each other and asks Thor to prove he is on their side by putting Mjölnir down. In response, Thor knocks Iron Man aside and brings his hammer down on Captain America, who blocks it with his Vibranium shield. The shield absorbs the impact, shocking Thor, who realizes they have the same goal and stops fighting. They return to the SHIELD Helicarrier, where Loki is put into a cell designed to hold the Hulk and to 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 remains of 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 Mjölnir'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 in a device (powered by one of Tony's arc reactors) 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. Failing to breach the Tesseract's energy sheild surrounding the portal emitter, Thor joins Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye on the battlefield and starts helping to fight the Chitauri before Iron Man and Hulk join them. Captain America orders Thor to use his power to stem the flow of enemies coming through the portal, which he does using lightning bolts. He then joins the battle once more and helps Hulk bring down a Leviathan. 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 Black Widow closes the portal using Loki's Scepter - which he had lost after been engaged and beaten into submission by the Hulk.
Once the crisis is over, Thor joins the other Avengers in confronting Loki and takes him into custody. After claiming the Tesseract, Thor takes Loki back to Asgard to face punishment for his war crimes, by opening a portal with it and leaves the other Avengers in Central Park.
Return of the Dark ElvesEditAfter returning Loki to Asgard, Thor left him to face Asgardian Justice while giving the Tesseract to Heimdall to restore the Bifrost. Upon doing so, During a battle with Marauders on Vanaheim, Thor destroys a Kronan with a single blow of Mjölnir and scares the rest of the Marauders into submission. After the battle, Thor told Hogun that he should stay with his people because Asgard could wait. Hours later, when Odin was watching the Asgardian soldiers train with Sif, Thor came to speak with him. Odin insisted he had now earned the throne and should take it but Thor declined. At the celebration, Thor was lonely seeing everybody else enjoying themselves while he missed Jane Foster. Thor left the celebrations to see Heimdall and check on Jane. When Thor talked with Heimdall about the Convergence, Heimdall then checks on Jane but worryingly states he cannot see her. Concerned, Thor goes to Earth. Thor arrived on Earth where he found Jane, Darcy Lewis and Ian Boothby. Jane walked over to him and slapped him twice, the first to check if he was real, the second because Thor didn't visit her when he came to Earth to stop Loki using the Tesseract. Thor told her that he didn't have time to visit her because of the war of the realms as a result of the Bifrost been destroyed - to which Jane accepted his reasons. As Jane was about to be arrested, the Aether (a liquid Dark Elf weapon that had been unintentionally absorbed into Jane's body during her time investigating a 'disturbance') repelled the policeman. Worried about her after not seeing anything like it before, Thor took Jane to Asgard to be examined by Eir.
Odin walked in as Jane was being looked over and was angry that Thor brought her there - demanding that Jane should be sent back to Earth, but when Einhejar tried to seize her the Aether repelled them. Odin recognized the power and explained the story of the Dark Elves to Jane and Thor, now agreeing that Jane should stay in Asgard until a way could be found to remove the Aether from her body (as it was slowly killing her).
The next morning, Thor showed Jane around Asgard (Jane been amazed by the view) while Thor explained the story of the Convergence and introduced Jane to his mother, Frigga. As he explained, Malekith and the Dark Elves attacked Asgard, as his henchman Algrim/Kurse broke the the prisoners out of the dungeon so Thor headed away to stop the destruction. Thor returned to check on his mother and Jane, only to find Frigga dead after been killed by Kurse. He furiously attacked Malekith but the Dark Elf escaped with the help of Kurse - although not before Thor scarred the right side of his face with a lightning attack. Thor attended his mother's funeral that night.
Thor tried to talk to Odin and persuade him of an alternative to staying and waiting for the Elves to come back, but Odin refused. Heimdall, Volstagg, Fandral and Sif agreed to help Thor break Jane and Loki out of Asgard to stop Malekith. Thor visited Loki - who was hell bent on vengeance for his 'mother', although Thor warned Loki that if he betrayed him, Loki would die. Managing to use a secret way out of Asgard while Thor's allies provided a necessary distraction, the trio (Thor, Loki and Jane) travel to Svartalfheim to meet with Malekith. Loki seemingly betrayed Thor and cut his hand off to hand Jane over to Malekith, who extracted the Aether from her. However, Loki's betrayal was a hoax, and Thor tried to destroy the Aether, but it proved indestructible and Malekith absorbed it.Malekith escaped, although Kurse was killed by Loki - who seemingly sacrificed himself. Thor and Foster managed to return to Earth after stumbling to a portal between realms - meeting up with Jane's friedns (including Eric Selvig - who pinpoints where Malekith will be). The battle shifts to Greenwich in London, where Malekith, in a towering space-vessel, will use the Aether at the exact moment and place of the Nine Realms' convergence to destroy the universe and restore the dark-energy state in which the Dark Elves thrive. As Thor battles Malekith (crossing through several portals during the fight), Foster and Selvig use devices they've constructed to shift energy where the Nine Realms meet. At the last moment, they transport Malekith and his ship to another realm, where the crumbling ship crushes him.
In Asgard, Thor declines Odin's offer to take the throne and tells Odin of Loki's sacrifice. As Thor leaves, the image of Odin reverts to the true form of shapeshifter Loki, who, disguised earlier as a warrior, has faked his death from earlier and usurped the throne. In a mid-credits scene, Volstagg and Sif visit the alien known as 'The Collector' and entrust to his care the remains of the Aether, as it (and the Tesseract) are revealed as both been one of six "Infinity Stones" and keeping two of them close together could be dangerous. In a post-credits scene, Jane and Thor reunite on Earth and share a kiss while a monster from Jotunheim chases pigeons around London (after accidentally been brought to Earth during the battle between Thor and Malekith).
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Thor would later return to Earth again, this time fighting alongside the rest of the Avengers - including new team-mates Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch - against the tyrannical machine Ultron (created by Tony Stark) and his mechanical armies, as well as the return of HYDRA.
Thor: Ragnarok - The Norse Prophecy of the 'End of Days' comes true as Loki leads an army against the forces of Asgard. For Thor, this will be the toughest battle he has ever faced as Armageddon fast approaches.
The Avengers (2012)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Thor 3: Ragnarok (2017)