This week, Thor sifts through the wreckage of his favorite town in humble Midgard.
For years, Broxton, Oklahoma played reluctant host to the gods of Asgard and their marooned kingdom floating just above the corn stalks. Now that town lies in ruin, trampled by an army of trolls and by the Thunder God’s own haste to exact justice from Dario Agger and his greed. Can Thor make amends for his mistakes? Can glorious Asgardia still call Midgard its harbor in the storm?
We spoke to writer Jason Aaron about THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #24 and the Odinson’s future as champion for Earth, now and in the eons to come.
Marvel.com: When we last left Broxton, Oklahoma, it was on fire. How are those folks doing, and is there anything Thor can do to make things right?
Jason Aaron: Broxton was completely leveled in the battle between Thor, the Minotaur and Ulik the troll. There is no more Broxton, Oklahoma; given that, I'm not sure what Thor can do to make things right. Knowing Thor though, I expect he'll try something.
Marvel.com: Have we seen the last of Dario Agger?
Jason Aaron: Not at all. Roxxon is back, bigger and scarier than ever. But of course Dario Agger isn't going to be satisfied with simply being the largest, most powerful corporation in the world. He may just have his sights set on...other worlds.
Marvel.com: King Thor of the far future made a desperate choice in order to spoil Galactus' supper by seeking out Gorr's dark blade and armor. Why was it so important to him to take that gamble? Do you think it was a suicide run, or did he have the hubris to believe he could handle that weight better than Gorr?
Jason Aaron: I think King Thor was desperate and felt he had no choice. Galactus had taken his best shot. He needed an edge. And that meant dying to save what was left of the Earth he loved, so be it. He'd pay that price without hesitation. He didn't die, of course, and the Earth was not only saved but reborn. However, that doesn't mean there isn't still a price to be paid.
There will be repercussions for King Thor's decision to unleash the weapon of Gorr. While we have definitely seen the last of Gorr himself, we haven't seen the last of his weapon.
Marvel.com: Both Thors staved off the Last Days of Midgard, but what did they lose in the process?
Jason Aaron: King Thor now has an Earth to regrow and replenish, but what new danger has he unleashed upon the cosmos? As for what present day Thor has lost, well, let's just say we won't see Asgard hovering right overhead of Broxton, Oklahoma anymore; or any other part of the Earth, for that matter.
Marvel.com: Roz Solomon of S.H.I.E.L.D. never signed up to shoot trolls, but she did what she had to do. How does she feel about that day and how much of a turning point does it represent for her?
Jason Aaron: Nobody ever said it was easy being an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, even if you're just an environmentalist. The fight continues for Agent Solomon. And as we've seen, she's willing to go to some dark and scary places to protect the planet she loves.
Marvel.com: What's next?
Jason Aaron: The Thor/Loki Original Sin limited series [THE TENTH REALM], featuring the secret history of the Tenth Realm and the sister Thor never knew he had; the end of Original Sin, which has some rather shocking consequences for the God of Thunder. And then the oversized THOR GOD OF THUNDER #25, featuring all three Thors, as drawn by Esad Ribic, R.M. Guera and Simon Bisley. And after that—well, just you wait.
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #24 goes on sale this week!