This week’s The Mighty Thor #700 from writer Jason Aaron, series artist Russell Dauterman, and a plethora of guest artists sets the stage for the next epoch of Aaron’s long-running Thor saga – and foretells of dark days to come for the Goddess of Thunder, Odinson, and more.
Spoilers ahead for The Mighty Thor #700.
Four storylines run throughout Thor #700. In the first, Odinson defends the Norns – the fates themselves - from Malekith’s army of trolls, giants, and dark elves. Malekith wishes to kill the fates and take control of destiny itself. This battle is intercut with scenes of Aaron’s young Thor as he thirsts for combat, with an unseen narrator laying out what it means to be Thor – and implying that there have been many Thors through the ages.
One of those Thors, the War Thor, is the subject of another of the issue’s vignettes, as Asgardia’s Thunder Corps try to corral Volstagg after his rampage with Ultimate Mjolnir – which arrives just in time for Volstagg to grab it, and become the War Thor once more. Ultimate Mjolnir in hand, the War Thor departs to seek our and destroy the cause of the oncoming conflict Malekith has been fomenting.
Meanwhile on Earth, Thor is doing her best to take on Jen Walters, who Hulked out in the same hospital where Jane Foster was receiving her cancer treatment. Nearby, Frog Thor is surveying Central Park when he discovers a dead body. Tracking down the murderer, Frog Thor uses his weather powers to intimidate the murderer into confessing – an adventure that puts him right in the path of the battling Hulk and Thor.
In the present, young adult Loki walks with Laufey through Jotunheim, where a giant ambush awaits them. As his birth father falls, Loki slaughters the other giants.We also get a glimpse of Allgrandfather Thor, Aaron’s future God of Thunder as he regales his human worshippers with the story of the Godbutcher and the Necroblade. As he speaks, we cut to deep space where Galactus, corrupted by the Necroblade, battles Ego the Living Planet. As Ego is seemingly defeated, he instead takes possession of the Necroblade, devouring Galactus and becoming the Necroplanet. From afar, an older Loki looks on.
On Earth, Thor and Hulk’s fight comes to an end as Thor throws Mjolnir, bringing an abandoned building down on their heads. Trapped beneath rubble and unable to reach Mjolnir, Thor begins to turn back into Jane Foster. All seems lost when suddenly Frog Thor appears, offering her the magic of his sliver of the Uru hammer, which is enough to empower her to reclaim the real thing. Thor departs, as Frog Thor follows the now-human-again Jen Walters away from the scene until he is distracted by some rats looking for a fight.
At the Nornhold, Odinson nearly defeats Malekith’s army before being overwhelmed. Karnilla cuts the threads of fate, killing the army and collapsing the Nornkeep - but allowing the Norns themselves to escape. As she holds all the threads of fate, she foretells a dark ending for Asgardia – including visions of Jane Foster laying unconscious, Thor bloodied and injured, current Loki with the Infinity Gauntlet, an older Loki wielding the Necroblade, a group of Celestials offering thumbs down (and the words “the Final Host” again), the snarling Mangog, Namor, Valkyrie, frost giants, and more.
With the threads of Fate severed, and the Nornkeep shattered, Malekith promises to take control of the fate of all existence – including Midgard/Earth. At the same time, Hela laments the loss of Hel, her realm, while Thanos promises to help her reclaim it - after they "kill many more people." The pair embrace and kiss.
In Mighty Thor #700’s final scene, the War Thor confronts the Mangog, who slaughters Odin’s chariot pulling goat Toothgnasher before promising the same fate to War Thor as the pair begins to clash.
The Mighty Thor #701 is due out on shelves November 15.