What Role Was Thor Originally Going to Play in Avengers Disassembled?

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, discover the role that Thor was to play in the original plot for Avengers Disassembled

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COMIC LEGEND:

Thor was originally going to play an actual role in Avengers: Disassembled

STATUS:

True

Avengers: Disassembled was a bit unusual, in terms of comic book crossovers, in that it really wasn’t a crossover at all in the typical sense of the word, but more rather an Avengers storyline that sort of kind of had an impact on events in other comic books due to the very nature of the Avengers story (which saw the Avengers under attacks from all sides). Even there, though, the stories really, really didn’t connect to each other, as the main story of Avengers Disassembled (by Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Danny Miki and Frank D’Armata) was very much its own thing, especially since most of the tie-in stories were prologues and by “prologue,” it really was just “Stories that were set before the events of Avengers: Disassembled.”


Marvel at least cleverly had Steve Epting, former longtime avengers artist from the 1990s, drew the covers for all the tie-in books (at least the initial covers), so that was an interesting unifying idea (and they were all great covers by Epting, who is an excellent artist).

Captain America and the Falcon set up a romance between Captain America and the Scarlet Witch that came the closest to actually tying into the events of Avengers: Disassembled (as Captain America and Scarlet Witch’s connection is a key part of the story, although the romance part doesn’t really come up)…

Hombre de Hierro was just a cool story with Iron Man and the Avengers (although I believe writer John Jackson Miller was originally going to do something else to tie-in the end of his Hombre de Hierro run with Disassembled, but he was replaced for the last couple of issues. That’s probably a future CBLR right there!)…


Spectacular Spider-Man was an almost completely unrelated story except that the villain, The Queen (who eventually mutates Spider-Man so that Spidey has organic webshooters like in the original Sam Raimi spider-man movies), once dated Captain America during World War II and so Cap teams up with Spidey for a bit…

and then that brings us to Thor….

So let’s talk about Thor. Well, before that, let’s talk about She-Hulk.

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In avengers #500 (by Bendis, Finch, Miki and D’Armata), the Avengers are attacked by first a zombie-like Jack of Hearts and then their own teammate, the Vision, who crashes a Quinjet in front of Avengers Mansion and then begins to transform…


He unleashes a bunch of Ultrons…

The fighting gets intense and eventually, She-Hulk sorts of snaps, tearing the Vision into pieces…

She has now gone full Savage She-Hulk, swatting the Wasp and attacking her other teammates…

So that first issue ends on a cliffhanger, with She-Hulk seemingly about to kill Captain America…

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Meanwhile, Bendis’ powers collaborator, Mike Avon Oeming, had taken over writing duties for the final arc of Thor at this time. The idea was to just do Ragnarok legit, with the Asgardians all dying in the end and that’s what Oeming did (working with artists Andre Di Vito and Laura Villari and, of course, Epting on covers).


Oeming cleverly had Captain America and Iron Man help Thor out in the first two issues before he sends them away when he realizes that this is Ragnarok and thus not a place for his Avengers buddies…

So he nobly sends them back home to face certain death with his people…

Okay so in avengers #501 (by Bendis, Finch, Miki and D’Armata), we see Iron Man catching up on She-Hulk’s rampage…

and he then takes her out with one super punch…

In the original story outline for Avengers: Disassembled (titled Avengers: Chaos here, but that actually IS what the story is called in the issues themselves, so that might not be an actual change), Bendis notes that that would have been Thor’s role in theseries. HE would have been the one who shows up, takes out She-Hulk and then heads off to Asgard for Ragnarok…

Obviously, Bendis ultimately felt that it was just too much of a distraction to the story to have this glaring “Okay, go follow this guy off into his own book!” moment in the story Here, though, is the original script for the aftermath of Thor taking out She-Hulk, that sets up his departure from him to Asgard for Ragnarok…

Iron Man – I just got here.

Thor – Mine friends…

Iron Man – Thor, where have you been…

Thor – Where I am sorry to say I must return. This problem is indeed more than I can help you with right now. I came because I was called, but again I must leave with haste. If one could imagine, what awaits for me in the hollowed grounds of Asgard is as formidable a tragedy as the one that has taken place here today. I am forced to make the impossible choice of choosing my homelands over my adopted ones. Forgive me my absence, dear avengers, for leaving you in these obvious dire straits hurt thine heart in ways I could never express. Forgive me.

I have stops.

They know they will not see him again.

Thor leaves with lightning bolts and rolling red skies.

It’s an interesting scene, but yeah, Bendis and editor Tom Brevoort likely made the right call in cutting it.

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