Marvel Debuts a New Thor Who Was Nearly Iron Fist
The following contains spoilers for Avengers Forever #8, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Avengers Forever #8 introduces a new Thor who nearly becomes the next Iron Fist but is instead given a different title -- the God of Fists.
Avengers Forever #8 comes from Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Cam Smith, Guru-eFX and VC's Cory Petit. The start of the issue introduces a new Thor from Earth-56337 who is unworthy to lift Mjolnir; however, that doesn't stop Mjolnir from following him around wherever he goes. Finding himself in the Himalayas, Thor stumbles across Lei-Kung the Thunderer, who offers to take him to K'un-Lun and teach him the ways of the Iron Fist.
With some pushing from Mjolnir, Thor reluctantly agrees to the training. He's told to begin punching his hammer repeatedly, which Thor does for weeks on end until his fists become bloodied and bruised. After sixty days of punching, the hammer starts dodging Thor's attacks and begins fighting back. Thor eventually defeats Mjolnir's spirit and has the option to lift Mjolnir once again, but he opts not to and instead chooses to continue his training.
Once he's finally passed all the necessary tests, Lei-Kung reveals K'un-Lun's mythical dragon Shou-Lao is dead, meaning Thor can't consume the power of the Iron Fist. "[The power] was never meant to be yours, Asgardian," Lei-Kung tells him. "I wasn't training you to wield any weapon, Thor...other than the ones you were born with. The weapons that speak louder than thunder. Use them well, oh mighty Thor." Lei-Kung then grants the former God of Thunder a new title, the God of Fists.
Donning a new, almost entirely shirtless uniform, Thor leaves K'un-Lun with Mjolnir still floating behind him. Seconds after departing, he's greeted by Robbie Reyes and Earth-818's Tony Stark/Ant-Man, who offer him a ride. "You're in luck, big fella..." Tony tells him. "...Because we were just looking for a Thor." Throughout Avengers Forever, Tony, Robbie and a Deathlok have begun to assemble a group of Avengers from different realities to oppose the Multiversal Masters of Evil. Past issues introduced characters such as a Black Panther with the strength of Superman, a whole army of Steve Rogers and more. Avengers Forever #9, which releases Sept. 21, will bring in a team of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvels called the Carol Corps.
Avengers Forever #8 features cover art by Kuder and Keith and variant cover art by Juan José Ryp and Rain Beredo. The issue is on sale now from Marvel.