Among luminaries in Marvel Comics, Thor, the God of Thunder, holds a special place, embodying valor, honor, and a sense of unwavering justice. But what happens when this paragon of virtue turns away from the light? As shocking as it may seem, there have been instances in Marvel Comics where Thor has been swayed, manipulated, or entirely altered to become a force of malevolence. Today we have listed 5 Time When Thor Turned Evil In Marvel Comics. In these storylines, Thor’s transformation serves as a catalyst for catastrophic events, affecting not just the realm of Asgard but the entire Marvel Universe.
5 Time When Thor Turned Evil In Marvel Comics
The “What If?” series in Marvel Comics explores alternative timelines and universes where key events in the Marvel Universe played out differently. This series allows writers and artists to explore interesting “what if” scenarios that would not fit into the regular continuity. For example, “What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four?” or “What if the X-Men had never existed?” These stories can offer a fascinating, albeit non-canonical, look at the characters and events of the Marvel Universe.
In relation to Thor, there have been various “What If?” stories that explore what would happen if he took a darker path or became evil:
- What If Thor Was the Herald of Galactus?: In this story, Thor becomes the herald of Galactus instead of Silver Surfer. As a herald, he helps Galactus devour worlds, straying far from his heroic origins.
- What If Siege: In a story exploring what would have happened if the Siege storyline had ended differently, with Norman Osborn winning, Thor is manipulated and controlled to serve darker purposes. This shows an alternative scenario where Thor could be considered “evil,” although largely because he is being controlled.
- What If… Zombies?: In the Marvel Zombies universe, a zombie virus infects Earth’s heroes, including Thor. The Asgardian god becomes a zombie and is part of the horde of undead heroes who devour life across the universe. This version of Thor is certainly “evil” in that he’s lost his moral compass and is now a predator focused only on finding more flesh to consume.
Thor: Lord of Earth (2003)
In an alternate universe, after almost eradicating all forms of human suffering such as disease, oppression, and hunger, Thor found himself at odds with Earth’s governments. His overwhelming influence created a sense of unease, culminating in a conflict that saw both man and gods at war. Tragically, the clash resulted in the annihilation of New York and Asgard, leaving countless lives lost.
Blood and Thunder
In a twist of cosmic irony, Thor—once a defender of realms—becomes their would-be destroyer, his mind ensnared by the malevolent Valkyrie. As he marches to annihilate the Nine Worlds, an unlikely alliance forms to halt his rampage. The Silver Surfer, cosmic sentinel, and Warlock, alongside the enigmatic Infinity Watch, prepare for an epic confrontation. Stakes are impossibly high: a hero lost, and worlds hanging in the balance. It’s a showdown that will either save the fabric of reality or unravel it completely.
Ragnarok (A clone of Thor)
During the Civil War storyline in the Marvel Universe, Tony Stark and Reed Richards engineered a clone of Thor, named Ragnarok, to give their side an added advantage. This powerful creation, however, had dire consequences—Ragnarok ended up killing Bill Foster, also known as Giant Man. The clone’s life came to a tragic end when Hercules defeated him in a climactic showdown.
Axis (Avengers) (Earth-616)
The storyline features many Marvel characters including the Avengers and X-Men facing off against Red Onslaught, an upgraded form of the Red Skull with Professor X’s psychic abilities. Due to the psychic influence of Red Onslaught, many heroes and villains find their moral compasses inverted, causing heroes to act like villains and vice versa. Thor was one of the heroes affected.