How Marvel got Norse mythology wrong


Despite the popularity of Thor, especially with the recent release of Thor 2, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby missed a few details about Norse mythology when they brought Thor into the universe in 1962.

According to io9, had they accurately depicted his character “they would have been arrested, because Norse myths are full of murder, mayhem and weird sex, most of which still wouldn’t be publishable nowadays.”


The article first points out some discrepancies in appearance between Marvel’s Thor and the Norse Thor.

“The original Thor also had red hair, was never willingly without his beard, and gloried in battle to the point where Marvel’s Thor might have thought him a supervillain,” according to io9.

To read more about how Marvel’s Thor differs from the Thor of Norse mythology click here.