Thor #700 signals the end of an era for Jane Foster's Thor and the return of the original God of Thunder. With Marvel Legacy heralding the return of Jean Grey, Captain America and Wolverine to the status quo, it may come as no surprise that Thor Odinson doesn't seem to be too far behind.
During Original Sin in 2014, Nick Fury whispered a secret in Thor's ear, causing the God of Thunder to suddenly become unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. Without his trademark hammer, Thor started referring to himself as "Odinson" and substituted Mjolnir with the axe known as Jarnbjorn. The character starred in his own series, The Unworthy Thor, while the main Thor title focused on Jane Foster, Thor's former love interest and the latest character to wield Mjolnir. Described by writer Jason Aaron as "the Thor of the Marvel Universe," Jane Foster has now carried the mantle of the God of Thunder for three years.
Written by Jason Aaron, Thor's landmark 700th issue is set up to be the beginning of a story that will affect not only Thor but the Marvel Universe as a whole. The story features numerous teases for the futures of Odinson, Jane Foster, and several others. Thanks to a prophetic vision, we're also treated to a new look for the original Thor.
Aaron hypes the grand scale of the new storyline by pointing out that two Thor characters are killed in the issue. Thor's goat Toothgnasher was killed by Mangog, a classic Thor villain created from the hatred of a "billion billion souls." Karnilla, the Queen of the Norns, was murdered by Malekith's dark army. However, before the sorceress was killed, she received a vision of the future that provides hints for many upcoming stories. According to Aaron, some of these stories will be told across multiple titles and won't be limited to the pages of Thor.
Karnilla's vision is shown to readers in a double-page spread by Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman, and color artist Matthew Wilson. The vision shows us Odinson in a redesigned version of his traditional costume. The character is also seen sporting a haircut that mirrors the look for Chris Hemsworth's Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, a golden hammer, and a golden arm. The golden arm seems to be a replacement for the prosthetic arm that the character has worn since his real arm was sliced off by Malekith. As for the hammer, it's hard to say if this is a new hammer or a redesigned Mjolnir. Also featured in the two-page spread are Namor the Sub-Mariner, Valkyrie, Mangog, Loki with the Infinity Gauntlet, the Celestials, and the Frost Giants.
If Odinson is resuming his role as Thor, it leads readers to question the fate of Jane Foster. The vision indicates an ominous end may be coming for the character, who fans know is currently dying of cancer. Foster, in a hospital gown, is depicted in a collapsed state on the surface of the moon.
Thor #700 is on sale now.
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