WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Thor #5 by Jason Aaron, Christian Ward and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.
When you write multiple comics at the Big Two, the odds of your work interconnecting are fairly high, especially if you've been at a publisher for many years. A good example of this at Marvel is Jason Aaron, who currently pens Thor and Avengers, as well as previous stints on Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the X-Men and many other titles.
Aaron's epic run with the Thunder God began in 2012 with Thor: God of Thunder and has included many twists and turns, including Thor being unworthy of lifting his magical hammer Mjolnir and Jane Foster becoming the new God of Thunder. Though Aaron on Avengers is still in the early stages, he wasted no time introducing a prehistoric version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes with the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC -- Odin, the Phoenix, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Agamotto the Sorcerer Supreme, Starbrand and Ghost Rider.
Another fun concept that debuted in Thor: God of Thunder is an older King Thor who rules over what's left of Asgard. Together with his granddaughters, the Goddess of Thunder (Atli, Ellisiv and Frigg), King Thor has restored life on the ruins of Earth. However, there are still forces at play in the far-flung future aside from Asgardian gods, and fans have gotten peeks and clues in Mighty Thor #700 and the relaunched Thor #1, with the latter revealing Wolverine still alive and kicking with the Phoenix Force.
We had to wait a few months before returning to the reunion of drinking buddies and former Avengers at the end of time, but Thor #5 finally continued the tale, with Wolverine taking umbrage over King Thor reviving the Earth. Instead of being overjoyed after hearing the news of his home planet being reborn, the Wolverine-Phoenix shows his displeasure by popping his claws and attacking Thor.
Wolverine may not have been born a god, but acquiring the powers of one has given him a new perspective on life and death, and he's decided Earth should have stayed dead for its own good. King Thor has put a giant bullseye on Earth, and a major villain has plans on seeing to its destruction with the core powers of the Marvel Universe.