Warning: SPOILERS for Thor #5
Wolverine and Thor never got to meet in a movie, but the future King of Asgard just learned that when the Marvel Universe ends thousands of years in the future, it won't be Ragnarok that takes his life: it's the burning hot claws of the Wolverine.
For casual Marvel fans, it may be hard to believe that when all life dies across the universe of Marvel's Future, only a small group of Thor's descendants will survive on Earth, kept alive by his Asgardian magic. And even harder to believe that out of all the Marvel heroes and gods, it will be Wolverine who survives to be the last living human, possessing the powers of a god. But that's the story Jason Aaron has just delivered in the pages of Thor.
Proving once and for all that no movie can ever match the scale and spectacle of comics, the final battle between Thor and Wolverine is unlike any cosmic cataclysm you dreamed possible. Strap in.
- This Page: Thor & Wolverine Are The Last Living Heroes
- Page 2: Wolverine Transforms Into 'The Cosmic Berserker'
- Page 3: King Thor is Finally Killed By Wolverine
Thor Lives To See Marvel's Universe Finally Die
Jason Aaron's newly relaunched Thor comic has embraced the fantastic in incredible ways in the hero's modern life, as well, recently crowning Thor the King of Hel. But he showed his ambitions to go cosmic in a short story tacked onto the end of Thor #2, depicting an old King Thor "Untold Eons From Now." The one-eyed and greying Asgardian lived alongside his granddaughters and a small group of humans in Earth's last remaining village. Under his guidance, they eked out a cold, dark existence on a cold, dark planet.
Sitting by the deathbed of Jane Foster, reincarnated and kept alive by Thor's magic for centuries, he revealed to her how grim things had gotten: there was no afterlife, it had died along with all other power in the universe. This sullen setting was broken by the smashing of Mjolnir into the Earth, which Thor immediately placed to his ear to hear what report it had to give. And even quicker, Thor exploded off into space to see for himself.
Thor Learns He's Not Alone At The End of Time
The mission given to Mjolnir, it seems, was to fly out into the cosmos in search of some sign of life. It returned having found none - anywhere. No other civilizations, no other life beyond cosmic carrion, and no other energies or cosmic forces that might sugarcoat the truth. The inevitable heat death of the universe had seemingly come, despite Thor's efforts to keep the embers burning on Earth in hope that oblivion wasn't on its way. And traveling through space, Thor sees the entire universe gone cold and dark... or so he thinks.
The small line of fiery energy heading straight at Thor gives the reader more warning than the god of thunder, who is caught completely off-guard. Not only that something should still live in the universe, but that it could pack the power strong enough to send him spinning. And as the impossible truth materializes before his eyes, Thor's thought a moment before that he longed for something to hit, to fight, has come true in the most unexpected way imaginable. Not an enemy - a long forgotten friend.
Wolverine: Final Host of The Immortal Phoenix Force
First, we'll give fans the good news: Wolverine has survived until the end of time, still in search of beer to properly celebrate the occasion. The bad news is that he has also lived "untold eons" throughout the cosmos thanks to merging with the Phoenix Force.
As Thor worked to keep life alive on Earth, Logan has been traveling through space, mercifully extinguishing the dying life he finds. While the story shifts to flashback here to show the former Avengers in happier times, Logan hasn't found Thor to relive happy memories.
He's come to kill him.