Four Thor Variants Once Join Forces to Save Marvel’s Multiverse | Popgen Tech
Marvel tends to regularly feature villains that threaten the entirety of the Multiverse. For Dargo Ktor, the Thor of Earth-8710 in the year 2587, the villain Demonstaff is another villain who almost wreaks havoc on the infinite Multiverse. In Demonstaff’s time and space, Dargo finds himself allied with three other incarnations of the Mighty Thor, their combined power barely enough to thwart Demonstaff’s plan and save the Marvel Multiverse.
1993’s Thor Corps (by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Patrick Olliffe) is a four-issue mini-series set within the dystopian future of Earth-8710. Ruled entirely by The Corps, Earth is a massive industrial wasteland, people’s lives dominated by mass-production and consumerism. On this alternate Earth the villain Demonstaff was created, a byproduct of a disastrous science experiment gone wrong. The rage that consumed the Demonstaff fueled his desire to destroy all truth.
A Villain From the 26th Century Combined Multiple Versions of Thor
Demonstaff is convinced that his true calling is to destroy the foundations of all reality in response to the misfortune he has suffered. Wielding a staff imbued with mighty power, Demonstaff was able to tear holes in the very fabric of reality with just one swing of his weapon. Sensing the immense danger he presented, Dargo Ktor attempted to stop Demonstaff only to be thrust into the interplanar maelstrom of the Marvel Multiverse.
Dargo Ktor wasn’t the only individual to fall victim to the Demonstaff. Beta Ray Bill of Earth-616 finds himself momentarily teleported away from rescuing innocent people from a dangerous synthetic plant; Eric Masterson, aka Thunderstrike, also of Earth-616, is teleported away from his son when he reaches out to save him from being hit by a speeding car. Finding themselves together, the three Thor avatars become angry and confused as to why they were pulled into their world.
The plot thickens considerably as Demonstaff’s true motivations are revealed involving his estranged wife, a high fantasy world of warriors and monsters, and even the appearance of the real Odinson himself. Confronting the Demonstaff’s final machinations at the epicenter of reality, the four Thors realize that it will take the combined power of all their hammers to repair the dimensional rift the Demonstaff has opened. At the last possible moment Demonstaff realizes the error of his ways and sacrifices himself to stop the destruction of all reality.
The Multiverse is Saved – But Not by the Power of Thor
Even Marvel icon Stan Lee has said that Thor is the most powerful hero in the Marvel Universe. The fact that it took four different incarnations of the Asgardian Avenger is proof of how powerful the Demonstaff is. What is also frightening about Thor’s adventure is that their combined power is still not enough to suppress the danger. The combination of their powers and weapons and the Demonstaff itself ended the multiversal chaos. The most striking aspect of Thor Corps is the end of it. The comic is full of all the massive multiversal shenanigans and popcorn action that Marvel is famous for, but it’s the Demonstaff’s redemption that sets it apart. Thor Corps apart from its contemporaries.
The Demonstaff is, for all intents and purposes, a one-note villain and a representation of extreme 1990s comic book tropes. Wearing his obligatory duster jacket from the era and constantly spouting lines about how proud he is of his mental illness, Demonstaff is not a deep character. But instead of being killed by Thor or his wife, or swept into some energy vortex of his own making, Demonstaff finds reason and personal responsibility. While he was still punished for his actions, Demonstaff saw the true reason and accepted the consequences of his actions. This is incredibly rare for supervillains, especially for his caliber, and it’s something that ends Thor Corps good It’s doubtful that any of the Thors involved would care to give Demonstaff any modicum of respect, but there’s no denying that he grew up and did the right thing. Redemption arcs, when done well, can lead to real moments of introspection and growth and it’s refreshing to watch that Demonstaff experience.