It's been almost two years since Marvel bid farewell to the Ultimate comics universe it began in 2000 — smashing it right into its "main" universe to kick off Secret Wars with a multiversal bang. But in the past new years of the "All-New, All-Different" universe, a few elements of Ultimate Marvel have lived on.
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The Phoenix Force is one of the deadliest entities in the entire Marvel universe, a roiling mass of pure destruction that leaves nothing but cinders in its wake. Usually, it's associated with the iconic Phoenix sagas in the pages of X-Men, but now the entity is back — and playing its part in a totally unexpected story.
There are a lot of people connected to the Thor mythology floating around in Marvel comics right now. There's Jane Foster, the current God of Thunder. There's the Odinson, the former Thor. And there's a mysterious new "War Thor", the new wielder of the Ultimate Universe's Mjolnir. And they're about to team up.
A few years ago, an omnipotently powered Nick Fury spoke a single sentence to Thor. It was something so profoundly soul-stirring that his ability to wield Mjolnir was wrenched from him, and he became nothing more than the Odinson rather than the God of Thunder. Now we finally know what those words were.
In this week's issue of The Mighty Thor, Thor's trusty hammer gets to do something totally strange, and unlike anything we've seen it do in a long time. But while people are freaking out about this strange "new power," it's not really new. It's more of a mix of some weird and wonderful things the hammer's done in the past.
You might have noticed that for the past few years, Thor has not been a title used by the man who's been Thor since 1962. The role has been taken up by none other than Jane Foster, and she's been doing a damn good job. But although her adventures are continuing, the Odinson is finally back with a comic of his own.
The ultimate unlock in Smite's 2016 World Championship-funding Odyssey is finally live, and I get a chance to put Ragnarok Force X Thor through his paces.
Whoa. Then again, Thor entering the Disney princess circuit would also give people a reason to never, ever retire the whole "Disney princesses as ." Hmm.
One of those people is Loki actor Tom Hiddleston. The other is not.
There are going to be some disappointed moviegoers in Shanghai, that's for sure. As noted by Kotaku reader Mox Factor, the Shanghai Bona Insun International Cineplex accidentally (accidentally?) used a fan-made Photoshop image for a Thor 2 promotional image in the theatre. A Chinese micro-blogger originally uploaded the image.