Thor, the God of Thunder, is one of the oldest and most well-known characters in the Marvel Universe. And thanks to the character’s inclusion in Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as his portrayal by Chris Hemsworth, Thor has also become a pop culture staple in recent years.
Being around for such a long time inevitably means that a character can become stale every now and then. And so, to reinvigorate interest, the publisher releases stories with twists and turns that can shock even the most devout readers. These characters become alternate versions due to their existence in alternate realities. Considering that there are an infinite number of realities in the multiverse, Marvel has toyed with their superheroes more times than they can count – and some of them are quite audacious.
All the characters on this list are alternate versions of Thor, meaning none of them (except for one) was ever in the mainstream Thor that comic book fans have come to know and love. That also means people shouldn’t expect any of these characters to show up on the big screen one day (again, except for one); we’re sure Marvel Studios has other plans for the God of Thunder.
Here are the 15 Craziest Alternate Versions of Thor, Ranked.
15. Rogue Thor (Earth-941066)
Anna Marie, aka Rogue, is one of the staple characters of the X-Men, especially for those who grew up watching either the ’90s cartoon, X-Men: The Animated Series, or 20th Century Fox’s original X-Men movie trilogy. She has the power to absorb other characters’ abilities as well as memories and, sometimes, physical characteristics – but mostly just their powers. And she doesn’t retain them for very long.
In the story arc “What If… Rogue Possessed the Power of Thor?”, Marvel Comics pondered the idea of Rogue permanently absorbing the Thunderer’s powers. Unfortunately, she did so by consuming the Avenger’s entire essence, thus killing him. And she used her newfound powers to kill virtually anyone that stepped in front of her until Thor’s spirit convinced her to use her powers for good.
14. Revenger Thor (Earth-10011)
Earth-10011, aka the Cancerverse, is one of Marvel Universe’s more intriguing alternate realities. In that reality, Lord Mar-Vell destroyed Death and corrupted the Avengers into serving the Many-Angled Ones. Beginning with the “Realm of Kings” story arc and ending with “Thanos Imperative”, Thor and his fellow Avengers – primarily Iron Man, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, and the like – operated under the name Revengers until they were defeated when Thanos, of all people, saved the universe.
Sure, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor calls his new superhero team the Revengers in Thor: Ragnarok, but that doesn’t mean people should expect to see this version of the God of Thunder on the big screen – though it would certainly be a sight to behold. Perhaps he could join the fold in Thor 4… or Thor: Ragnarok 2.
13. Herald of Galactus (Earth-717)
Galactus is a supervillain, a cosmic entity, and a primordial being in the Marvel Universe, but he is not one of the Elders of the Universe. Although he possesses god-like powers, he needs sustenance to survive, just all other beings do. However, the only thing that satiates his appetite is consuming entire worlds. Naturally, w henever Galactus comes to Earth, the Avengers and all other superheroes try their hardest to prevent the destruction of their world.
In the Earth-717 reality, Thor knew it was impossible to defeat Galactus when he came knocking on Asgard’s door, so instead, he struck a deal with the supervillain: he would serve as one of his heralds if Galactus didn’t consume Asgard. After some time, though, Thor returned home to find that Odin had been killed by Loki and his friends were imprisoned. Upon rescuing his people, Thor sent them to Earth and had Galactus swallow Asgard whole.
12. Storm Thor (Earth-904)
Another instance in which an X-Men character took up the mantle of Thor began in “What If… The X-Men Had Stayed In Asgard?”, which actually released four years prior to the “What If” storyline about Rogue absorbing Thor’s power. In this story arc, several members of the X-Men and the New Mutants visited Asgard and many decided to stay behind when the rest returned home to Earth – and Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, was one of them.
At the time, Thor was trapped as a frog on Earth (more on this later), so Loki constructed another mystical hammer for Storm to wield, called the Stormbringer, and she became the Goddess of Thunder. When Thor eventually returned to Asgard, he relinquished his claim to the throne and, thus, Storm became the Queen of Asgard.
11. Beta Ray Bill (Earth-616)
Beta Ray Bill is the only character on this list who appears in the mainline continuity, and that’s because he has become a superhero in his own right since his debut in 1983. And of all the characters on this list, he’s the only one that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is actively trying to introduce into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The character’s history is long and extensive, but the most interesting part is how he became Thor. Nick Fury once asked the Asgardian to check on an alien ship passing by Earth, and when Thor landed on the ship, Beta Ray Bill awoke from hibernation. The two beings fought, with Bill winning and actually picking up Thor’s hammer (which was a cane at that particular moment), which then imbued him with the power of Thor.
10. Thor-El (Earth-9602)
Crossovers are one of the cornerstones of the comic book industry. And in addition to crossing over stories and characters from one series to another, or hopping from one reality to another one, publishers have occasionally dabbled in crossing over with other publishers. In the ’90s, Marvel and DC Comics co-created Amalgam Comics – an imprint consisting of both of their characters – and one of their first amalgamations was Thor-El.
As one can imagine from the name alone, Thor-El was the blend of Thor and Superman (Kal-El), specifically the Blue Energy Superman. Rather than sport the House of El’s crest, though, Thor-El’s armor had a large “T” plastered on the chest. Unfortunately, not much is known about the character, especially since he only appeared in a few comic issues.
9. Thorion (Earth-9602)
In DC Comics, Darkseid is the primary big bad. In Marvel Comics, it’s Thanos. The two are frequently compared to one another, with fans debating who would win if they were to fight. While we may never know the answer to that, superheroes from either universe would never want to go up against an amalgamation of two – but that’s precisely what happened on Earth-9602, aka the Amalgam universe.
First appearing in Thorion of the New Asgods #1, Thorion the Hunter – an amalgamation of Thor and DC’s Orion – was the son of Thanoseid, who was bartered to Odin as part of a peace agreement between Apokolips (Darkseid’s kingdom) and New Asgard, but it didn’t last for too long, seeing as Thorion eventually took up arms against his biological father and his people.
8. Zombie Thor (Earth-2149)
In the mid-’00s, Marvel Comics partnered with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to bring his zombie storytelling to the Marvel Universe, with the limited comic book series Marvel Zombies. The storyline took place on Earth-2149 and focused on an infection that was spreading throughout the universe, turning each character into ravenous zombies.
Thor, along with the universe’s other superheroes, attempted to curb the contagion’s spread, but they could only do so much. After some time, they all succumbed to the virus and attempted to feed on anything left on the planet. What’s most interesting about zombie Thor, though, is that, as an undead Asgardian, he was no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir; therefore, he constructed a makeshift hammer out of the debris.
7. Dargo Ktor (Earth-8710)
Five hundred years into the future, Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, has cemented itself into a rock, and people from all over travel to the hammer’s site and attempt to lift the hammer to see if they are worthy of the power of Thor (sound familiar?). A cult devoted to the God of Thunder held a special ceremony to see if one of them could lift Mjolnir, and while most weren’t able to lift the hammer, one of them actually did: Dargo Ktor.
Loki, wanting to prevent the return of the God of Thunder, sent an army down to Earth to prevent the ceremony from going forward, but Ktor managed to defeat Loki’s army and even his rock troll, Tyrus the Terrible. After some time, Mjolnir was called back to the real Thor but in another dimension. However, the hammer eventually returned to Ktor, and when it did, he became his reality’s Thor.
6. Venom Thor (Earth-1089)
The Venom symbiote has attached itself to several hosts over the years – the most famous of which is anti-hero Eddie Brock – and one was Thor. On Earth-1089, which first appeared in “What If… The Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man?”, the Venom symbiote successfully managed to possess and merge with the web-slinging superhero.
Whereas the symbiote can be removed via highly-charged sonic energy on Earth-616 (the mainstream Marvel Universe), Venom is invulnerable to that on Earth-1089, and instead, it feeds on the adrenaline of superpowered characters.
After the symbiote detached from Spider-Man and jumped to the Hulk, Thor found Hulk and fought the green giant until the symbiote latched itself onto the God of Thunder – but it didn’t take long for Thor to defeat the symbiote and rescue himself.
5. Hellhound Thor (Earth-5113)
Imagine if Doctor Strange failed to defeat Dormammu in Scott Derrickson’s 2016 film, and the supervillain had actually taken over the universe – that’s essentially what happened on Earth-5113. The alternate reality is colloquially known as the Dormammuverse, which existed in a three-issue story arc in the Defenders comics in 2005. However, it’s worth noting that a similar reality popped up in the 2014 Spider-Man Unlimited video game.
In the Dormammuverse, Dormammu had enslaved the heroes of Earth, particularly the Avengers, and turned them into his personal hellhounds – and Thor was one of them. He sported black-and-gold armor as well as a monstrous face, but his long locks remained, as did his immense power. Unfortunately, he only appeared in one comic issue in that single story arc.
4. Thrr (Earth-8311)
Another Marvel and DC Comics collaboration brought about the character Thrr, the Dog of Thunder. Imagine a version of Thor whose history is virtually identical to that of the mainstream Norse god, but rather than being incredibly built and having a chiseled jaw-line, he’s a dog. At least he gets to keep his golden locks, though, along with being a member of the Scavengers (instead of Avengers) and hailing from Arfgard (instead of Asgard).
Thrr first appeared in the wacky storyline “The Old Goats at Home” in the 1986 comic, Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #5 (that’s the actual title). Unfortunately, not much is known about the character, but that hasn’t stopped Marvel Comics from using him on occasion, such as in the recent “Thors” story arc.
3. Thor Cyclops (Earth-61422)
As evidenced by the previous entries, Marvel Comics likes to make amalgamations of its characters, and Thor has received his fair share of combinations. However, there’s one instance, on Earth-61422, in which the entire planet was overrun by cyclops versions of famed characters, including Thor and the rest of the Avengers.
Together, they all traveled through a crack in the space-time continuum to Earth-1610 (one of many instances in which characters from other universes traveled to 1610) – the reality designated as the Ultimate Universe – in Ultimate FF #6. They wreaked havoc all over the planet until Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman’s child was born and emitted an energy that dragged everyone back to the respective earths and sealed the crack for good.
2. Thorangutan (Earth-8101)
Comic book characters tend to get an occasional update every now and then to keep things fresh, and sometimes comic book writers and publishers like to mess around with characters just for fun. Considering that there are infinite alternate realities, they can do whatever they want without affecting the mainstream universe. And that’s precisely why Marvel has published zombie stories as well as one with the superheroes as apes.
In the 2008 limited series Marvel Apes, Marty Blank – aka the Gibbon – and Fiona Fitzhugh are transported to an alternate reality where intelligent simians rule the world. Rather than there being a human Avengers team, there’s the Ape-Vengers, with the God of Thunder going by the name Thorangutan. This corner of the multiverse is designated Earth-8101, but it’s not the only place Thorangutan appeared.
1. Throg (Earth-97161)
The craziest and perhaps silliest version of Thor yet is Throg. In Thor #364, Simon Walterson (named after comic book artist Walter Simonson) searched for any mystic that could allow him to speak to his deceased wife, and when one told him that his wife died while pregnant, he was overcome with emotion. Unable to pay the mystic, she turned Walterson into a frog (classic fairytale technique).
At one point, Walterson found himself in the middle of a war between rats and frogs, and one of the frogs happened to be Thor. When Thor was taken back to Asgard, a piece of Mjolnir had chipped off, which Walterson used to defend himself. The moment he struck the ground with the sliver, he was imbued with the power of Thor, thus becoming Throg, the Frog of Thunder.
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