THOR #700 hit store shelves last Wednesday. In this 50 page epic, writer Jason Aaron and a fleet of Marvel artists tackled the current status of Thor storylines while simultaneously alluding to the future of Thor’s place in Marvel Legacy. In a press release today, Jason Aaron and editor Wil Moss discussed major events outlined in this comic. They especially focused on a particular two-page spread that showcases glimpses of Asgard’s future, which can be seen below. ComicsVerse is here to take you through this press release and break down the possible wonders to come in the world of Thor.

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Art by Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson. Image courtesy of Marvel Comics.

In the press release, Jason Aaron discussed this spread and the teases throughout: “Some of those stories will play out in the pages of THOR. Others will play out elsewhere, some across multiple titles. Between THOR #700 and MARVEL LEGACY #1, I’m really setting the stage for the biggest stories I’ll be doing for Marvel in 2018. Probably the biggest stories I’ve ever done for Marvel, period. You see a lot of that set-up here, and I’m beyond excited for everybody to see where it’s leading and what it means for Thor, not to mention the rest of the Marvel Universe.”

As part of the Marvel Legacy initiative, the company promises to return to the roots of their most popular characters. Among their pantheon of fan-favorites, Thor Odinson has seen the most upheaval in his storylines. Deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, the Odinson has traveled the galaxy in an effort to redeem himself. Meanwhile, Jane Foster, after a long battle with cancer, hoisted his hammer and became the Mighty Thor. Volstagg, one of the warriors three, claimed the power of the Ultimate Universe’s Thor and gave in to bloodlust. And the Odinson adopted a Hellhound named Thori. However, as THOR #700 shows, Asgard and the Ten Realms have only just begun to see the consequences. In this stunning two page thread, writer Jason Aaron and artists Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson detail the arrival of war.

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The Mighty Vs. The Unworthy

From what we can see in the double-page spread, the coming changes to the Marvel universe will be massive. First and foremost, we see two instances of Jane Foster struggling. Taking up the right side of the image, the Mighty Thor seems to be engaged in battle, her armor cracked and blood dripping. On the left, we see Jane Foster’s real self laying on what appears to be the Moon. This arc is titled “The Death of the Mighty Thor.” The implications of these two scenes, as well as the Mjolnir cast aside in the bottom left, seem to suggest the seriousness of that title.

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Thor Odinson redesign by Russel Dauterman. Image courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Of equally important news, we see the potential return of Thor Odinson to the hammer. Pictured in the center left, Thor holds a swanky gold Mjolnir high, his metal arm gleaming as well. While we cannot be certain how Thor redeems himself, it is clear that the Odinson will be picking up the mantle again. Does this mean that he retrieves Jane’s hammer after her potential death? I’d wager not. Though the Thors may look very different, the hammer always remains the same. I think Thor is wielding a new hammer, perhaps one that doesn’t have the worthiness clause built in?

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Threats to the Realm

As for coming threats, Aaron seems to have gone all out in bringing Thor’s worlds crashing down in THOR #700. We see Valkyrie, posed for battle over a burning tree. Does this signal the destruction of Yggdrassil, the World Tree, or the death of Asgardia? Mangog, one of Thor’s greatest Troll foes, glowers over the top center, and Frost Giants lumber through a frozen New York in the bottom left. Also, what appears to be Namor floats atop the center.

However, it is Loki that draws my attention. He appears twice in this image. At the top left, he has donned the Infinity Gauntlet, a mad look in his eyes. The image also superimposes him over a pair of Celestials, some of Marvel’s god-like entities, suggesting a line-wide event with the trickster besieging the cosmos itself. In the bottom right, we see Loki again, draped in a black cloak. With the black sword in his hand, we can assume that he is wielding All-Black, the Necrosword. This weapon grants immense destructive and creative power to its host, and if Loki has indeed taken on All-Black, the Ten Realms may just quake beneath his heel.

THOR #700 Final Thoughts

Jason Aaron’s tease for the future of the Marvel Universe in THOR #700 is both beautiful and incredibly vague. There are so many details to pick apart but nothing concrete to base an interpretation on. Still, this image signals exciting times ahead. But what are your thoughts? What grand battle is coming to Asgard? How will Thor reclaim his hammer? And what will happen to Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor? Let us know in the comments below.

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