Thor is undoubtedly one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Moreover, he is an Asgardian. Which proves that he will only get stronger with time. In the comics, Odin passes on his ‘Odin Powers’ to Thor. And when that happens, there’s no stopping him. After all, he is a god. The flaming, bird entity from space revealed to the god of thunder that while Odin was his father, she was his mother. No further context came in that issue but this week’s Avengers #43 revealed more about the conversation between the Odinson, ahem, the Phoenix-Son as she calls him, and his newly revealed mother. In fact, the entity revealed to Thor that one of the reasons she even returned to Earth was to reunite with him.
“It’s not just the blood of the gods that flows through your veins. It’s mine as well,” The Phoenix tells Thor. When he tells her that Gaea was his mother, she replies: “Gaea was the lie. A necessary one. A reason for you to do what I knew your father never would. Protect the Earth. But believe me when I say you would not exist if not for the Phoenix. You are a child of Fire and Thunder. My child. I’ve come home to you at last, my son.” Thor can’t believe what he hears though and wrestles with it inside his mind.
Just before Jane Foster swoops in to save him, fresh off a loss in the actual Phoenix-host tournament, the entity says one more thing to Thor, telling him:
“She’s kept me buried inside her for thousands of years. But when the Final Host came to Earth…it pulled me out of the depths. The Phoenix remembers you now. Remembers her love for you. Whether she likes it or not. The Phoenix is wrestling with a mother’s fears. She hopes a new avatar will burn the pain away. Because of you, Thor. The Phoenix is here for you. Come to us. And feel the fire of your mother’s love.”
Thor seems to be having a conflicting history with his history. Looks like Odin never really told him the truth. Marvel’s “Enter The Phoenix” arc has seen a number of heroes and villains battle in a competition to attain the cosmic Phoenix Force. 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.
Most of the heroes in the arc are competing for the Phoenix Force so it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands – such as Namor the Sub-Mariner, who could use the great power to complete his own conquests. However, in the most recent issue of the series, Thor approached the Phoenix Force entity, and when he drew nearer he felt a special connection to her. When he finally reaches her, she tells him “I’ve come to tell you everything, my son.”
He also hid the secret from Thor for centuries according to the Phoenix. Between Thor, Loki, and Hela, Odin doesn’t exactly come across as father of the year material. It also leaves the question of how this all ties-in to the secret being kept by Thor’s biological mother Gaea, and his step-mother Frigga. Jason Aaron’s ongoing run of The Avengers has used the gaps between major storylines to visit individual members of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC – a team of incredibly powerful primordial heroes including the first Iron Fist, Black Panther, Star Brand, and Ghost Rider, as well as the original Sorcerer Supreme Agamotto, a young Odin, and the mysterious Lady Phoenix – Earth’s first host of the cosmic Phoenix Force.
In an announcement prior to December 9th’s Avengers #39, Marvel Comics released preview pages for the issue (along with the already available summary and cover) which – like those focusing on the other members of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC – looks set to explore the origin and powers of the first person on Earth to embrace the Phoenix Force:
Future issues of Avengers that have been solicited offer no hints about who will win the tournament and what will happen next, as the next few will be King in Black tie-ins. That in mind you can find the solicit and cover of the Avengers #44 below.