Thor is ‘Basically a Teenager’ in the MCU
Thor has had one of the most fascinating story arcs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While several of the universe’s characters either built contraptions that let the be superheroes or experienced happy accidents, Thor was born into life as a god.
Although it’s easy to see Thor as a 20- or 30-something character, he’s both far older and far younger than one might expect. Users on Reddit explained how this is so.
How old is Thor?
According to Movie Web, time doesn’t work the same on Asgard as it does on the earth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even those less powerful than Thor tend to live longer lives with powers that earthly humans couldn’t dream of. As such, while a fifty-something Tony Stark may seem old by earth’s standards, Thor is the senior member by several hundred years.
Although Thor’s advanced age was hinted on in early Marvel movies, we find out in Avengers: Infinity War that Thor is, in fact, 1,500 years old. Whether giving a ballpark figure or stating his exact age, we learn that he has been around since the dark ages despite Thor’s thirty-something appearance since the dark ages and is still but a pup in god years.
In Thor: Dark World, Loki posits that Asgardians like he and his brother can live somewhere around 5,000 years, but implies that it can be much longer.
Putting this age up against normal human aging, we learn that Thor might be older than most standing buildings, but mentally he’s anywhere from a teenager to a man in his early twenties. Reddit users discussed this in a recent thread.
Putting Thor’s age in perspective
Several people on Reddit chimed in with thoughts about Thor’s age with regards to other characters. His relationship with Jane in the first two films appears doomed from the get-go, as a mortal like her would be dead in the blink of an eye.
Similar things can be said about the events of the greater Marvel Universe, as well. While everything from Thanos to Ultron has shaped the entire Marvel universe, they took place over a relatively short amount of time.
I made a post a while back about how Thor states he is 1500 years old, and given that Asgardians live for 5,000 years AT LEAST (Per Loki in The Dark World), meaning Thor is the Asgardian equivalent of 25 years of age. (Reddit user BXofTriscuits)
Thor’s journey in the MCU takes place over 8 years, which is a blink of an eye for a god.
Other users saw a sense of dark irony in Thor’s actual age.
Imagine you’re Thor, an Asgardian who is 1,500 years old which is just as equal as a man in his early-mid 20s. And what you witness over the course of 12 years in the saga (Thor 1 to Endgame) is equal to your summer vacation post junior year. You lost everything and you have your remaining people, a nice ass axe and you become fat until you shape up.
From here on out, you’re just a kid until you’re 5,000 years old. (Reddit user Snoo_36419)
Whatever the case may be, these types of events show that Thor may have seen more in the 1,490 years that weren’t on camera than he even saw in the brief time he was with the Avengers.
With another moving coming out, however, some of this could be explored even more in-depth.
When will Thor rise again?
With Thor: Love & Thunder on the way, the God of Thunder will have a full plate once again. However, he might get some help from his human counterpart, Jane, who will return to the franchise after sitting out Thor: Ragnarok.
However, if speculation is correct, Jane will wield the ax and, perhaps, get a taste of immortality in the process.
The fourth film in the Thor franchise is set to be released in November of 2021, but with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying several movies, that release date could be at risk while Disney catches up.
Whatever the case may be, the next movie is likely to expand on this mythology even further. However, no matter what happens in the process,