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It feels like yesterday that I began reading the newest Thor arc, in which a mysterious woman picked up Mjolnir and became the Goddess of Thunder. Back in October, I speculated about the true identity of Thor—a question that went unanswered until Thor #8, released on May 13.

Spoilers ahead! 

Friend of the blog, Jeremy Caesar, has worked with the Collective before, but never like this. As a contributing podcaster, photographer and now, writer for the Collective, Jeremy is a renaissance man who has talent and opinion on geek culture to spare. Below is a thoughtful, insightful look into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Norse mythology and the history of Ragnarök.   

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Diva

Ragnarok by Johannes Gehrts
Ragnarok by Johannes Gehrts

We’re two years away from Ragnarök, Thor’s next big screen adventure, but if Age of Ultron’s got you impatient, then the comics have got you covered.  published Thor #80-85 in 2004 during Avengers Disassembled, a crossover event that put our band of heroes through the ringer. These Avengers weren’t so dissimilar from their cinematic counterparts. Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye were present, along with Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Ant-Man, whom we’re just now getting to know. I want to talk about the Norse god though, but I should warn you that to discuss Ragnarök is to discuss spoilers. Beyond this point there is only doom.

Last night, I received a frantic text message from a friend, telling me that he had something I needed to see. That ‘something’ turned out to be two minutes of pure heart palpitations.

Yes, the long-awaited trailer for the second Avengers film–which wasn’t supposed to be released until next week–quickly made its way across the interwebs, soon finding itself on twitter and Facebook. Marvel quickly caught on to the leak, and posted this apropos response on their official Twitter account.

Within hours, Marvel officially released the trailer on their Youtube channel, and it is now up to over 3 million hits. Holy Hulking Bruce Banner, that’s a lot for six hours! When my heart recovered, I watched the trailer again. And again. And again. If you’ve been reading our blog, you know I’m a Marvel girl, and yeah, I’m gonna have a bit of geek out now. No apologies needed or warranted.

If you don’t want to know anything about Ultron or the Scarlet Witch, I suggest closing this tab on your browser, because spoilers

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Thor #1 Cover

The Mighty Thor, one of Marvel’s best known characters, is immensely strong, brings an ancient chivalry to the Avengers, and wields a mythical hammer. Based on the Norse God of the same name, Thor is the embodiment of a warrior, a “man’s man” if you will. We all know what he looks like.

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Character sketch by Russell Dauterman

Or do we?

As announced back in July, Marvel has taken the story of Thor and turned it upside down in the new Thor #1. To the surprise of many, Thor is now a woman. The new comic was released on October 1st, and of course I immediately downloaded it on the Marvel App to see what author Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman had done to my favorite Avenger. As a woman invested in equality, I was particularly intrigued to see their treatment of a female superhero who is best known the world over for being a man.

Spoilers ahead!