Thor’s New Powerful and Problematic Team-Up Is Perfect for an MCU Prequel

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WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Thor #19, available now from Marvel Comics.

Thor has been a nearly unshakeable fixture of the Marvel Universe for nearly six decades now, and in that time he has been part of quite a few team-ups. The God of Thunder’s most recent problems have left him in need of guidance, and the one person who can help is also the last person Thor wants to work with…his father, Odin. Despite their issues, Thor and Odin make a remarkable team, with a dynamic that would translate well to the MCU.

Making the shift from Asgard’s foremost guardian to its abject ruler hasn’t been an easy transition for Thor, especially since he has started to lose his connection with his enchanted hammer Mjolnir. Once it became clear that he could no longer effectively wield the enchanted hammer, Thor left the weapon in the care of his fellow Avengers, only for it to be subsequently stolen by an unknown party. This leads the Thunder God to seek out an uneasy alliance with his father in the locating and retrieving of Mjolnir in Thor #19 (by Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and VC’s Joe Sabino).

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Odin has always been a powerful figure, but he hasn’t been the same since passing on much of his strength to his son upon Thor’s ascension to the throne. This, coupled with his stoic, stubborn demeanor has only further divided Odin from his son, building on issues that have existed between them for centuries. These issues boiled over when Jane Foster was granted the mantle of Thor in the Odinson’s place, and were recently made even more complicated when the persona Odin created for his son, Donald Blake, mercilessly attacked Asgard.

The two might share a prideful disdain for one another at times, but not even divine tension between father and son is enough to keep Thor and Odin from working together when the universe needs them. Their relationship is undoubtedly complicated, but it also has the building blocks of a buddy cop duo that could become a breakout hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is already one of the most beloved leading characters in the MCU, and any chance to see him across from Anthony Hopkins’ Odin on the silver screen is sure to be worthwhile. There is also the thousands of years of history that each of these characters could lend to a prequel story that could give more insight into both of their stories.

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Although the chances of an Odin/Thor team-up becoming the focus of a MCU feature may be slim at the moment, a compelling story involving the two is now being told in the comics. The All-Fathers of Asgard have only just begun their hunt for Mjolnir, yet it has already seen them trek from the outer reaches of space to the decimated furnaces of Nidavellir.

The heroic journey of these two powerful figures presents a unique opportunity for the father and son to come to terms over their disagreements, and possibly set aside their differences once and for all. At the very least, their dynamic is interesting to watch and provides more depth to an already compelling story.

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