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Friday, February 05, 2021 

Thor's origins retconned to be part of the Phoenix Force

If you thought it was bad enough when Kieron Gillen retconned Tony Stark's background so his parents were no longer biologically related, wait'll you learn what atrocity Jason Aaron's prepared for Thor, which Screen Rant predictably wasted no time defending. It practically makes Warren Ellis' attempted retcon of the Norse deities towards the end of the 1966-96 volume to something more like aliens look tame by comparison (IIRC, that particular storyline thankfully didn't last):
Marvel Comics just made a massive change to Thor's origins in the latest issue of the Avengers. In a confrontation against the Phoenix Force, the powerful cosmic entity revealed to the God of Thunder a huge secret, as she called Thor "her son." While the shocking twist is only teased on at the end of the issue, the reveal actually tracks in previous story beats, even if it sounds ridiculous at first.
It's worse than ridiculous. It's disgusting. It proves yet again how the whole Phoenix Saga was one of the worst ideas in the long run for anything Marvel, and not just X-Men.
The revelation in Avengers #42 Jason Aaron, Luca Maresca, David Curiel, and VC's Cory Petit, actually makes sense in the overall scheme of the Marvel Universe. In Generations: The Unworthy Thor (2017) by Aaron and Mahmud Asrar, it's revealed that Odin had a love affair with a being possessed by the Phoenix Force. It seemed like a relatively small plot point at the time, as it was more shocking than impactful, but if the Phoenix entity is speaking the truth then it has huge implications on Thor's heritage.
If that's what they think, we can guess what they think of retconning Iron Man into an orphan adopted by the Starks, or worse, the son of Mephisto.
Aaron and co. have a lot of threads to unwind to make this revelation make sense in the continuity of the Marvel Universe, but they're off to the right start with the tie-in to Odin's affair with the Phoenix. Is Thor really the daughter of the powerful cosmic being? And what impact will that have on him and his powers? Readers will find out more in the next issue of the series. For now, Avengers #42 is in stores now.
Umm, is this the male Thor we're talking about, or Jane Foster? Oh, who cares. What matters is that SR's done it again, siding solidly with hack writers and editors, on which note, C.B. Cebulski's proven once again why he's not fit for the job, seeing as he can't honor Stan Lee's memory by remaining faithful to the Norse mythology templates Lee built upon in the Silver Age. All explaining why the time's come for Marvel to fold as a publisher, since they haven't a clue how to respect the past anymore.

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