This week’s issue of “Unworthy Thor” finally revealed why the Odinson considers himself “unworthy” of his hammer, Mjolnir, which Thor first dropped all the way back in “Original Sin” #7, when Nick Fury whispered a devastating secret in his ear. A secret we learn in this week’s issue that stretches back to Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s “Godbomb” run on “Thor: God of Thunder.”
Now we know: Fury simply whispered, “Gorr was right.”
So… Who Is Gorr, and What Was He Right About?
Gorr the God Butcher was Thor’s primary antagonist during the first eleven issues of Aaron and Ribic’s “Thor: God of Thunder.” Having seen his family and his desert world devastated by famine, their years of prayers unanswered, Gorr set out to slay all the universe’s gods with All-Black the Necrosword. The then-present Thor (Odinson), past Viking Thor, and future King Thor teamed up with King Thor’s three daughters to eventually defeat Gorr and his master weapon, the Godbomb.
However, in “Thor: God of Thunder” #9, Gorr already recognized Thor Odinson’s doubts about the cause of the gods. “You know I’m right,” he said, taunting as they battled. “That’s why you fight so hard. Why you try so desperately hard to seem noble. Because you see just how petty and useless your kind truly are. You know what I know. That gods have never created or cared for anything except themselves.”
He continued: “The god who doubts. Heh. I change my mind. You’re my favorite Thor.”
However, Gorr didn’t just condemn the gods. He also made a prediction about them. As the Thors and their daughters were about to destroy him at the end of “Godbomb,” he cried, “You…you don’t deserve this victory, and you know it. All you’ve ever brought this universe is misery. Gods didn’t create mankind, but someday, if they’re not stopped…they will end it. Mark my words.”
So what did Fury’s whisper mean? Thor seems to believe that it confirms “no god is worthy,” but does it apply to Gorr’s prediction as well? Was Gorr also “right” about the gods’ destruction of mankind?
Meanwhile, In “The Mighty Thor”…
This reveal also has interesting implications for the events over in last week’s “Mighty Thor” #17. The gods of the Shi’ar seemed to confirm all of Gorr’s accusations against the gods. As they competed against Jane Foster/Thor in the Challenge of the Gods, they were callous and petty, making contests out of calling down plagues and demanding infanticide. Jane/Thor refused to participate in the slaughter that the contest demanded.
Shadrak–previously The God of Bombs, whose pantheon Gorr murdered in “God of Thunder,” and now “God of Daffodils and Documentation,” served as the scorekeeper for their sick contest. Watching it, he said, “Why couldn’t Gorr have killed you instead of all my friends?” Having taunted the Shi’ar into challenging Jane Foster/Thor, Loki complained, “The gods are such petty fools. None more so than me. This isn’t even fun anymore.”
Both “Thor” titles are clearly building to some sort of conclusion about godhood. At the end of “Mighty Thor” #17, the Shi’ar called forth the Ultimate Judgment–which, based on the solicits for issue #18, will somehow involve the Phoenix Force. However, is it the Shi’ar who pose the greatest threat to Midgard? Or is it Loki and Malekith’s War of the Realms?
And what role will this new War Thor, wielding the hammer of Ultimate Thor, play?