SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Mighty Thor #700 by Jason Aaron, Walter Simonson, Russell Dauterman, Daniel Acuna , James Harren, Becky Cloonan, Das Pastoras, Chris Burnham, Andrew MacLean, Jill Thompson, Mike Del Mundo, Olivier Coipel, Matthew Wilson, Dave Stewart, Ive Svorcina and VC’s Joe Sabino, on sale now.
There’s a lot going on in The Mighty Thor #700 — as you might expect from Marvel’s first book to hit that number, it’s certainly cause for celebration — but the main story featuring the title character involves a classic superhero bust-up with a twist as Thor attempts to stop a rampaging Hulk in a test of strength and wills, but instead of Odinson vs Banner, it’s Foster vs Walters.
The two titanic heroes first encountered each other when Jane Foster attended her regular chemotherapy session and came across a manic Jennifer Walters who had been found by the NYPD wandering through the city. While the doctors attempted to calm her down and sedate her, they couldn’t have known just who they were dealing with and accidentally triggered Jennifer’s transformation into her Hulk persona.
The fight between Thor and Hulk spills out of the hospital and throughout Manhattan, eventually ending up at a nearby airport where Thor manages to bring an abandoned ground control tower down on the pair of them. Meanwhile, Throg, The Frog of Thunder had been off having his own adventures and after apprehending a murderer he follows the rush of police to the airport. Buried under the rubble, Thor was separated from Mjolnir and without its magic she began to change back into the sickly Jane Foster, however the last-second appearance of Throg and his own hammer made from a sliver of Mjolnir was enough to give Thor the power to break free and save herself, while Jennifer Walters slipped away in the confusion.
The Blood of the Norns
Aside from the main story starring the comic’s title character, much of The Mighty Thor #700 concerned the past and the future of the Ten Realms, as Odinson travelled to Nornkeep to meet with Karnilla and help defend it from The War of Realms. As Malekith’s army of Dark Elves, Trolls, Frost Giant, Fire Giants and human mercenaries waged war on Nornkeep, the seers of defended themselves with stories. Stories of the Young Thor in 896 AD and his attempted to prove himself worthy. Stories of King Thor, his granddaughters of the Storm and the reborn humans of Midgard.
One of these stories doesn’t seem as consequential as the rest, but could have a major impact on the entire Marvel Universe. In the future of King Thor, Galactus was thought killed by Gorr The God Butcher’s Necrosword when in fact he was tainted by it and became Black Galactus, The Butcher of Worlds. His rampage was — or will be, it is the future after all — put to and end by Ego The Living Planet, but in doing so Ego was then infected and became Ego The Necroworld, as Old Loki watched on.
Old Loki hasn’t been seen since before Secret Wars, in the pages of Al Ewing and Lee Garbett's Loki: Agent of Asgard where he tried to turn his younger self back towards the path to becoming him and back towards the path towards Ragnarok. With the appearance of Old Loki in the future, it seems that The God of Stories may once again go full-on evil, which is a bad sign considering he’s about to inherit the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme.
Back in the Nornkeep, Karnilla decided to take the fates into her hands literally and sliced the threads of the future at the base to use as a weapon against the invading army. In doing so, she had a tremendous vision of many possible futures including Loki wielding the Infinity Stones, Celestials, Odinson worthy again with a golden arm and golden hammer, Namor, Valkyrie, Loki wielding the Necrosword and perhaps most worrying, Jane Foster lay seemingly dead on the surface of the moon. Unfortunately, Karnilla also forsaw her own death as the army of Malekith brought the Nornkeep down on top of her.
As Odinson rushed to her side, she tried to utter one final warning for the future: “Don’t let Jane…” but was unable to complete the sentence. While the obvious end to that would be “Don’t let Jane die” that’s been hinted at enough with the shot of her on the moon and the title of this storyline, “The Death of The Mighty Thor.” What’s more interesting is the possibility of what else Karnilla may have said, and what Odinson may have to stop Jane from doing that will lead to her death, or maybe worse.