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Thor as a comic book superhero originally appeared in the early 60s, but more recently has been given two major motion pictures and has figured heavily into the Avengers movies as well. In the original comic book mythos, Thor is punished by his father Odin who sends him back to Earth devoid of his memories and in the body of a crippled man named Donald Blake. He decides to become a doctor and one day after fleeing into a cave from invading aliens, he discovers a strange stick that is really Thor’s Hammer. After he strikes it against a rock, he transforms into the Thunder God. Instead of ditching his day job, he decides to use it as a cover and ultimately falls in love with a nurse by the name of Jane Foster. When Odin commands him to return to Asgard, he declines, which pisses Odin off. He fights a series of awful villains, but his greatest foe is his brother Loki, the god of mischief who leads him into a series of epic battles.
The original idea for Thor came after the creation of the Incredible Hulk. Stan Lee was all like “How am I supposed to create a character that is stronger than the strongest man?” He answered that question by introducing the Norse gods into the mix. Thor’s abilities approach and perhaps go beyond those of Superman in many ways. He is basically invulnerable meaning that the writers of Thor’s mythology have to come up with enemies that are capable of defeating him. No easy task.