Spoiler warning! If you haven’t read today’s Unworthy Thor #5 yet and want to remain unspoiled, you are not worthy of reading any further!
Today, the answer to one of the Marvel Universe’s long-standing mysteries was finally revealed: What did Nick Fury whisper to Thor?
In 2014’s Original Sin #7, the original Nick Fury (Hasselhoff, not Jackson) was imbued with the power of the Watcher and became a being known as The Unseen, and used his vast knowledge to disarm Thor of his cherished hammer. He did it by whispering a single, unheard sentence to the god of thunder that has left him unable to pick up Mjolnir ever since.
This was a key moment in recent Thor history, since his unworthiness is what allowed Jane Foster to lift the hammer and become the new Thor. But readers haven’t known what it is that Fury said, until now.
In the fifth and final issue of The Unworthy Thor by Jason Aaron, Olivier Coipel, Kim Jacinto and Pascal Alixe, out today from Marvel Comics, Thor told his brother-in-arms and former Thor Beta Ray Bill what Fury said to him: “Gorr was right.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Gorr, aka The God Butcher, he was the villain from the first arc of Thor: God of Thunder back in 2012 when Jason Aaron began writing Thor comics. He’s a self-described serial killer of gods who believes that people would be better off if every pantheon in the cosmos was destroyed. He very nearly achieved his goal, as well, taking three different versions of Thor from different time periods to stop him from detonating a “god bomb.”
In today’s issue, Thor tells Bill that Gorr was right about gods. He says that they are “vain and vengeful” and that they “are all unworthy” of their worshipper’s love. When Bill asks if he actually believes that, Thor replies “If I did not … I would still be holding my hammer.”
These themes echo in writer Jason Aaron’s other Thor series as well. The current Thor, Jane Foster, is doing battle with the arrogant and violent gods of the alien Shi’ar Empire, who have challenged her to petty bouts during which they’ve killed thousands of their own people, doing exactly the sort of thing that Gorr accused all gods of. It also will have consequences for the future of the series, as an unseen figure is seen at the end of this issue picking up Ultimate Thor’s hammer, and declaring himself “War Thor.”
As for the Odinson, he remains hammerless, though rejuvenated and ready to resume fighting the good fight, regardless of whether he’s worthy to be a god or not.
The Unworthy Thor #5 is on sale now, and you can follow the further adventures of all the Thors in The Mighty Thor, the next issue of which is on sale April 26.
Above art by Mike Deodato, Jr., Esad Ribic, and Olivier Coipel.