WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for War of the Realms #6 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.
When Marvel Comics reshuffled its creative lineup for its Marvel NOW! initiative in 2012, writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic launched Thor: God of Thunder. The series introduced a new villain named Gorr the God Butcher, who would play a significant role not only in the Odinson's life, but the Marvel Universe at large.
Two other characters featured heavily in Thor: God of Thunder were a young Viking Thor from the past and King Thor from the future. King Thor, in particular, has made several appearances throughout Aaron's various Thor titles as the ruler of a barren Asgard alongside his three granddaughters -- Frigg, Atli and Ellisiv.
The presence of a King Thor means that, at some point in the future, whether it's the far-flung future or an immediate future, Thor will rise up to become King of Asgard. This version of the God of Thunder shares a striking resemblance to his father, Odin, with a heavy gray beard and a missing eye.
Of course, Marvel has never been shy about introducing alternate futures, meaning it is not a guarantee that readers would ever see Thor rise up to become a king, especially when you consider Aaron is preparing to step down from Thor once War of the Realms concludes.
However, with the finale of the Marvel event series arriving with Issue #6, the climactic battle between Thor and Malekith the Accursed results in the God of Thunder moving closer to the title of king.
All Hail The All-Father
Thor makes some major sacrifices to win the War of the Realms -- even before the war began, Thor lost his left arm and trusty hammer, Mjolnir. Now, in War of the Realms #6, he sacrifices his left eye to gain the secret to defeating Malekith. Even with Viking Thor, King Thor and Jane Foster's Goddess of Thunder by his side, Thor's act of calling forth the Mother Storm enabled him to reforge Mjolnir and end the "Thor-damned war," to use his own words.
As the dust settles, Odin tells Thor, "Well done," which catches his son off guard. But Odin doesn't stop there -- he gets down on one knee, declaring himself to be Thor's loyal subject before passing along the title of All-Father.
Thor has finally gained Odin's acceptance and respect, which is something many of us never thought we'd see, given their rocky history. However, when it came time to rally in defense of Midgard as the last remaining realm on Malekith's rampage, only Thor could turn the tide. He may have been unworthy of lifting Mjolnir in the past, but Thor confirms his true worthiness when it really matters.
Now, Thor is set up to rule over Asgard as its newly-anointed All-Father, creating an interesting status quo for the next creative team. Thor will be tasked with rebuilding Asgard to its former glory, while also seeing to his duties on the Avengers. Having only spent a short amount of time with King Thor, readers will get to see how Thor handles these new duties in the current day
Aaron will reteam with Ribic for a King Thor miniseries, bringing his time on the God of Thunder to an explosive end. That story will feature the final showdown between King Thor and his brother, Loki, who is in possession of the Necrosword. With that set millions of years in the future, the present is all about the new Lord of Asgard, the Savior of the Realms, the All-Father Thor. You have to admit, the title has a nice ring to it.