The whole Gorr the God Butcher saga was the first Thor idea I ever had. Every Marvel series was up for grabs, so this was a time where you could kind of claim what you wanted to do. In the middle of that, for the first time in my time at Marvel, I fired up Thor and realized that seemed to be the character talking to me at the time.
I sat down and thought, “OK, what’s the biggest swing I could make coming out the door?” What sums up this character for me, what sets him apart from other Marvel heroes?” What I came up with was to do a sci-fi/fantasy/horror story that unfolded over eons involving multiple versions of Thor. And the villain who chained it all together was sort of a serial killer of the gods. This guy who had a real beef with the gods and pointed out the shortcomings and flaws of the gods in the marvel universe so it started with the idea of leaning into the fact that thor is a god and that’s what makes him different so that’s why stan (lee) and jack (kirby) did Thor in the first place, to make the story of a super-god.
With Thor, it all comes down to the idea of value, which is tied to his origins. I like the idea of Thor being that guy who wakes up every day and looks at his hammer and doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to pick it up today. He questions his own worth every day and that’s one of the things that makes him the hero he is. Focusing on that, I knew I was going to reach a point where one morning he was going to wake up and not be able to pick up that hammer, and that would open the door for someone else to come and carry it for a time. It’s an idea that’s been explored a few times in the character’s story, so it was me going back to Thor’s story and leaning on it and that’s what led me to the Jane Foster series.