We’re most certainly not talking about the God of Thunder from real Norse mythology. Nope, this is about the blond-haired God of Asgard, played brilliantly by the gorgeous Chris Hemsworth.
Thor is iconic. He appeared two issues before his adopted brother Loki, in Journey into Mystery #83 back in 1962, making him one of Stan Lee’s earliest characters. From there, he became one of the Avengers’ founding members and is a character that everyone would love to see them as.
Stan Lee wanted a character who was “stronger than the strongest person” and the only option was to create a God. While he could have gone with Roman and Greek mythology, it would have been far too obvious. Quite honestly, Norse mythology is far more interesting and has more potential for development. This was the mythology of the Vikings, a nation 99.9% of us will be descendants of.
Yet, Thor is more than just a God. He’s a notion to live by. After all, he’s lost his hammer and had to find himself worthy again. This isn’t just about being strong enough to wield Mjolnir. It’s about having the heart.
The creation of Thor is more about the soul and heart of a person and not just who they are physically, making many want to be a better person. It also makes way for Thor to be a female superhero in the future without too many issues.