Marvel Day: In “Enter The Phoenix”, The Thunder God Attempts To End Gladiatorial Combat But Becomes The Son Of A Monster With A Devastating Origin Story

MARVEL DAY

ORIGIN STORIES

THE PHOENIX SHOWS SUPERHEROES’ AND SUPERVILLAINS’ FIGHTS ARE GLADIATORIAL COMBAT

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeking a host causes gladiatorial combat among superheroes on Earth. The Avengers have located Phoenix rising out of the arctic ice on a volcanic island. Apparently, Phoenix was called to Earth by Namor who seeks to marry her. In fact, the Phoenix has summoned heroes and villains in order to fight each other to claim her as host. “Enter the Phoenix” shows superheroes’ fights are reminiscient of ancient gladiatorial combat.

We begin the first gladiator combat between Captain America and Doctor Doom. The battle is vicious and Doom ultimately gains the upper hand. Doom manages to kill Captain America twice with cosmic blasts, however, aided by the Phoenix, Captain America rises from the ashes to continue fighting. Noticing this as the Phoenix’s testament to Captain America’s valor, Doctor Doom forfeits the battle. Captain America is then transported by Phoenix to the White Hot Room where the other combatants wait their turn.

In 'Avengers' (2020) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

BLACK PANTHER HAS TO DECIDE TO END THE PHOENIX’S CONTEST

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, the Phoenix continues its gladiatorial combats by selecting combatants from the White Hot Room. We have the following matches: Black Panther vs Man-Thing. Luke Cage vs American Eagle. Shanna The She-Devil vs Moon Girl. Valkyrie (Jane Foster) vs Orb. Hyperion vs Shang-Chi. Red Widow vs Howard The Duck. Black Panther vs Nighthawk. Maya Lopez vs Namor.

In the White Hot Room, the Phoenix speaks to Black Panther in aparte. She tells him to end the contest. Phoenix tells him she knew the old Panther king who fought with glowing rocks but who could end gods. Black Panther promises to end the contest no matter the cost. Phoenix says she wants T’Challa and that she will burn Wakanda’s name across the stars if he agress. Otherwise, she will burn it to ashes. Black Panther refuses and asks Phoenix to become benevolent. Otherwise, he will show Phoenix how he deals with a blizzard.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN A NEW ORIGIN STORY WITH PHOENIX, THOR BECOMES THE SON OF A MONSTER

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #42, the Avengers attempt to end Phoenix’s gladiatorial combat. Outside the White Hot Room, on the volcanic island, the Avengers are attempting to contain the Phoenix. The Avengers battle the Phoenix in order to keep her contained in the volcanic island. As the Phoenix is freed, Thor reflects on the link he has shared with the Phoenix time and again. He feels some form of love. She tells him, he is her son. This is the new origin story of Thor and effectively makes him the son of a monster. In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles his way against Phoenix through his new origin story. The Phoenix finally escapes the volcanic island.

Thor does not believe the lie and tells her Gaia is her mother. He throws his hammer at the Phoenix Force which phases through her. Then, Phoenix Force explains that the lie was necessary for Thor to protect the Earth. She tells the Thunder God is a child of Fire and Thunder. The Avengers are worried about Thor but Iron Man tells Okoye to delay the Wakandan Helicarriers. The Phoenix Force tells Thor, Gaia kept her trapped inside Earth for thousands of years. However, when the final host came, she was free. And now, she remembers Thor. Thor battles Phoenix Force but she soon gains the upper hand. Elsewhere, Captain America is about to face Black Panther in gladiatorial combat.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #42, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers Vol 8 40 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 42 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 43 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In “Blood And Thunder”, Thor Succumbs To The Warrior Madness And Goes On A Rampage To Destroy The Nine Realms

MARVEL DAY

THOR HAS SUCCUMBED TO THE WARRIOR MADNESS! UNIVERSE BEWARE!
In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Thor has succumbed to the Warrior Madness. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN CRISES

WHAT IS THE WARRIOR MADNESS?

In ‘Thor’ (1969) #167, Thor must face judgment by All-Father Odin for falling to the Warrior Madness in battle. By the law of Odin, the Warrior Madness is called the Sin Unpardonable and is punishable by sacrifice. Though Lady Sif intercedes and cries it was out of love that Thor succumbed to the Warrior Madness, Odin does not grant Thor mercy.

Thor must search the universe for Galactus even if it takes an eternity. In ‘Thor’ (1996) #502, while waiting for the end of the Onslaught saga, Thor explains to Red Novell the chants he was intoning at night: Thor was trying to enter the Warrior Madness, though he did not succeed, which would increase his super strength ten-fold. However, the Warrior Madness is Berseker Rage and threatens Thor’s sanity.

In ‘Thor’ (1969) #167, Thor must face judgment by Odin for falling to the Warrior Madness in battle. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

THOR’S WARRIOR MADNESS WAS LOVE FOR THE MIND VALKYRIE

In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Odin has asked Thor to depart for the Heavens in order to seek peace after his recent trials. Odin is concerned about Thor’s well-being and wishes he were on Asgard. Elsewhere, Thor has gone mad and is talking to the Mind Valkyrie. She tells him that Thor has been misused and that he ought to seek revenge not only on Asgard, but also on the Nine Realms. Thor agrees and he talks frantically, he is observed from afar by Beta Ray Bill and Lady Sif, his betrothed. Beta Ray Bill counsels Lady Sif to stay away from Thor but she decides to intervene.

Lady Sif meets with Thor and Thor informs her he has found a new consort. As he points to the Mind Valkyrie, Lady Sif realizes there is no one there and Thor is talking to himself. Sensing foul, Thor hits Lady Sif. A battle follows between Thor and Beta Ray Bill. Seeing that he cannot protect her, Beta Ray Bill gives Lady Sif the Norn Stones and urges to flee to seek allies or even inform Odin. Lady Sif promises to return then she departs. Thor lands one more hammer strike on a befallen Beta Ray that shatters the asteroid. As the Thunder God is about to deliver a final blow, Silver Surfer arrives.

 

In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Thor has succumbed to the Warrior Madness. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SILVER SURFER VS THOR

Visiting the area, Silver Surfer sees Thor as he is about to deal the final blow on Beta Ray Bill. A vicious battle ensues with a no hold-back Silver Surfer.

Seeing that Beta Ray Bill is gravely injured, Silver Surfer transports him to safety on his cosmic board. Finally, Thor emerges victorious. Silver Surfer is on the ground and as Thor is about to land the final blow, Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll arrive.

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THOR WITH THE POWER GEM AND THE MIND VALKYRIE FIGHT DR. STRANGE, SILVER SURFER AND THE INFINITY WATCH

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #470, Thor possessed by the Warrior Madness is armed with the Power Gem and must fight Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and the Infinity Watch on Asgard. The heroes arrive on Asgard and attack Thor and the Mind Valkyrie who has taken form. Thor is able to withstand the initial brunt while the Mind Valkyrie deals with the Silver Surfer’s cosmic shock. Then, with a powerful hammer strike, Thor turns the battle.

Sensing the seriousness of the situation, Dr. Strange and Adam Warlock attempt an attack. They deal the Thunder God “a karmic-mystic attack!”1 Though writhing in pain, Thor taps into the power gem and returns their attack through a feedback. Only the Silver Surfer remains standing. With a final hammer blow, Thor fells Silver Surfer. Sensing defeat, Pip the Troll teleports everyone to Thanos’ sanctuary.

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #470, Thor possessed by the Warrior Madness is armed with the Power Gem and must fight Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and the Infinity Watch on Asgard. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SHOWDOWN ON ASGARD: THANOS VS ODIN

In ‘Warlock And The Infinity Watch (1994) #25’, Thanos takes on All-Father Odin on Asgard. Photo/Marvel Comics

ODIN HELPS CURE THOR OF HIS WARRIOR MADNESS

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #471, All-Father Odin helps cure Thor of his Warrior Madness. Thanos has imprisoned Thor in a cube of pure force and they have two hours before he is free. Odin sensing the threat to the Realm that Thor poses, inclines to destroy him. However, Dr. Strange intercedes and Adam Warlock tells him that Thor must be freed from his bondage. Once again, Odin plunges into Thor’s psyche.

He is transported before an imposing mountain. He climbs the mountain and finds Thor at the top, bound in chains. As Thor laments he has been there for a long time, Odin explains that the All-Father’s righteousness and his tampering with Thor’s soul in the past, have forged the chains. Odin breaks the chains. The Mind Valkyrie appears and states she is in her domain and Thor cannot be freed. Odin battles the Mind Valkyrie. Uneasy with the situation, Thor intervenes and defeats the Mind Valkyrie. Both Thor and Odin are transported back to Asgard. Thor thanks his friends and bids them farewell.

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #471, Thor defeats the Mind Valkyrie to be cured of his Warrior Madness. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Thor Vol 1 468 in Marvel Database.
Thor Odinson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 167 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 502 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 470 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 471 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Thor #470.

Battles Of The Week: Thor vs Exitar The Celestial (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
Writers and Artists

Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding.

SYNOPSIS FOR “ALONE AGAINST THE CELESTIALS!”

In an attempt to protect Pangoria, Thor has to battle the awesome power of the Celestial Exitar the Executioner. Thor manages to crack the Celestial’s armor. In the fearsome battle, Thor is tested to the limits of his power!

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

THE MIGHTY THOR FACES THE AWESOME POWER OF EXITAR THE CELESTIAL!
In ‘Thor’ (1988) #388, Thor faces the awesome power of Exitar the Celestial in order to save Pangoria. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants in Pangolia. On the left side is the mighty Thor, the Prince of Asgard and on the right side is Exitar the Executioner, the awesome Celestial.

Let’s look at the stats.

THOR – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Cosmic 92%
Intelligence: Leader 33%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mjolnir.
  • Megingjord.
  • The Odinship.
WEAKNESSES
  • Warrior’s Madness.
EXITAR – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Universal 83%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Nigh Omnipotence 100%
Fighting Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Nigh Omniscience 100%
WEAKNESSES
  • Thor’s Jarnbjorn.

THOR PLACES IN THE TOP 10 OF THE BATTLE RANKER COMPETITION

To find out Thor’s battle rank, visit the Battle Ranker page.

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THE FIGHT

Thor has to protect the planet Pangoria from being destroyed by Exitar the Executioner.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!

OUTCOME: DRAW

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THOR IN COMICS

‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1962) #83, marks the first appearance of Thor in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Thor and his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake.

The comic was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

CHECK OUT THOR’S SPECTACULAR FIRST APPEARANCE IN MARVEL CONTINUITY!
‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1962) #83, marks the first appearance of Thor in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

Thor Vol 1 388 in Marvel Database.
Thor Odinson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Journey into Mystery Vol 1 83 in Marvel Database.