Off My Mind: Who is the New Thunderstrike?

Posted by G-Man (31801 posts) - - Show Bio
"The World Still Needs Heroes." That's what it says on the enchanted mace known as Thunderstrike. Eric Masterson spent some time as Thor and later was given the Thunderstrike mace. When Masterson was fighting the evil influence of another Asgardian weapon, the Bloodaxe, he had to sacrifice his life to save others. The destruction of the Bloodaxe resulted in an explosion and apparently this was the last anyone saw of the Thunderstrike mace. 
 
With a new Thunderstrike mini-series coming, who will be the new Thunderstrike? In the preview pages it appears that Eric Masterson could be back. When Masterson died, Odin offered him the chance to reside in Valhalla with other fallen warriors. Masterson didn't want this and was allowed to rest in peace normally. It would seem that the essence of the hero Thunderstrike has returned, but most likely Masterson has not. 
 
Solicits for issues 2 and 3 mention "the man who would be Thunderstrike" and that he's trying to "avoid the fate of the last Thunderstrike." This clearly indicates that it's not Masterson. 
 
If it's not Eric Masterson, there's really only two choices who the new Thunderstrike could be. 
 == TEASER == 
In the MC2 universe, Eric's son, Kevin, was given the mace by Jarvis. Obviously Marvel does not have to follow or set things up for the MC2 universe so this could happen differently than what we've seen of Kevin's adventures with A-Next.  
 
There's also the question of how old is Kevin in today's continuity. Eric Masterson died in 1995 and Kevin was still a kid. It's possible we could have a Captain Marvel/Shazam type thing with a young kid being able to turn into Thunderstrike. The cover almost looks like it could be a kid standing in front of the mace. Honestly, I don't see this happening. 
  
What's the other obvious choice? I think it's just going to be a new character. Someone else that is "worthy" will somehow find the mace and become the new Thunderstrike. It will be interesting to find out where it was all this time. It may have disappeared when the Bloodaxe was destroyed but you would think Thor would have tried to locate it. Jarvis somehow got it in the MC2 universe and I suppose that could still happen after this current Thunderstrike is finished with it. I think we're just going to get a new character struggling with this new found power, trying to be a hero and not get killed. 
 
We'll just have to see if he keeps the ponytail and lightning bolt earring. Do you want a new character to become Thunderstrike or an already existing one?
 
(You can check out the preview for the new issue #1 here and a review of the 1993 issue #1 here).
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#1 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4164 posts) - - Show Bio

I think an introduction of a new character as Thunderstrike could only be a positive thing.

#2 Posted by Dr. Detfink (460 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a perfect example of why Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1997-8 because of over expanding without any game plan or good writing. While Disney will not let their cash cow go down the drain (yet) thanks to movies, I can already tell you for $4 an issue that this is not a title fans will be stretch their budget for.

#3 Posted by Thunderscream (1809 posts) - - Show Bio

What if Rictor picked up the hammer?

#4 Edited by Soldier zero (250 posts) - - Show Bio

Based on the speech patterns this could actually be Eric Masterson. Considering that his soul even without being into the Valhalla was till linked to Thor's and that in recent years Thor and Don Blake turned out to be two separated beings it could be that a new character found the mace only to be turned into the host of Eric's soul... as far as comic logic goes it isn't even that much of a stretch.

#5 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

I would like a new character to become Thunderstrike. No to a Shazam-like situation.

#6 Posted by weapon154 (339 posts) - - Show Bio

Easy... a dude who's role model is Thor... I think...

#7 Posted by darkxman123 (198 posts) - - Show Bio

it think its good marketing thors very popular and so is ares and herculas plus thunderstrike could be a good part in chaos war

#8 Posted by comicbikerscott (152 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome
#9 Posted by taugehz (5 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldnt mind seeing a Kid-Thor type character, I thought Thors daughter was kind of cool in Next Avengers.

#10 Posted by emmbro30 (249 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dr. Detfink said:
"This is a perfect example of why Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1997-8 because of over expanding without any game plan or good writing. While Disney will not let their cash cow go down the drain (yet) thanks to movies, I can already tell you for $4 an issue that this is not a title fans will be stretch their budget for. "

I agree.  Unless Marvel brings the cover price down, I can see this character going the route of the last Thunderstrike.  $4.00 a book is insane.
#11 Posted by GothamRed (2563 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the shazam thing could be a positive thing here

#12 Edited by Fantasgasmic (1071 posts) - - Show Bio

Thunderstrike is one of those characters, like Beta Ray Bill, that I just don't understand why we need to have. And I started reading comics in the era when Thunderstrike came about. It seems like a lot of these ripoff, duplicate types were made so popular characters that were busy with one story could appear in another story without having to explain how the stories fit together into a larger, universe-wide, continuity.  
...That and EXTREMENESS! Which was all the rage in the early 90s. (I mean he's got a ponytail AND lightning bolt earring. How radical is THAT?!)

#13 Posted by Green ankh (998 posts) - - Show Bio

falls into the who care side.
#14 Edited by Joe Venom (1275 posts) - - Show Bio

Sure Masterson was cool but i don't think he should come back,, Marvel shouldn't go back to their past they need to keep moving forward and keep introducing new characters whenever the opportunity presents itself, so hope they decide to go with new person.

#15 Posted by Aiden Cross (15562 posts) - - Show Bio

When I saw the picture without knowing what it's about I thought it was Amadeus Cho, doubtful though :P

#16 Posted by Marshal Victory (677 posts) - - Show Bio
@Thunderscream said:
"What if Rictor picked up the hammer? "

He would be..thunderstruck!?! 
Tho the new hero no matter who he is comes with complete theme song for the eventual movie..  
  
  
#17 Edited by bobtv (81 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so NOT going to buy this, gimme a break with this overpriced limited series about characters not so well known to the mainstream.

#18 Posted by Baddamdog (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

I swear they've already confirmed it's his son :/

#19 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12878 posts) - - Show Bio
@bobtv said:
"I'm so NOT going to buy this, gimme a break with this overpriced limited series about characters not so well known to the mainstream. "


agreed 
 
give us decently priced ongoing series about characters not so well known in the mainstream
#20 Posted by IronFist1979 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin Masterson should be as old as Stature.  She was appearing in FF around the same time and was about the same age as he was, maybe a year or two older at most.  I think the new Thunderstrike will be the son though, makes more sense.

#21 Posted by Norusdog (203 posts) - - Show Bio

well I like the CONCEPT of Thunderstrike.  But I never liked Masterson or much of his arch in Thor comics themselves.
 
But Thor's a god...he (should at least) has bigger things to fry...so the idea of someone native to "midgard" being worthy and bestowed lower-powered powers of the God of Thunder is cool (to me.)
 
But I hope it's a new guy all-together...like I said, I don't like Masterson much...even if I did like Thunderstrike's concept.

#22 Posted by ImperiousRix (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

I find it weird they'd just be bringing back the character without having another main-line story arc to hint at the return.
I'm fairly indifferent to this mini-series.  I always liked the idea of other characters possessing similar powers to Thor, but Thunderstrike always seemed kinda lame.

#23 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2239 posts) - - Show Bio

Its like every marvel character is multiplying.
 
Iron Man:  War machine, Petty Pott's Iron armor.
 
Hulk:  Red Hulk, She Hulk, Samson, A-Bomb, Red She-Hulk, Thundra She Hulk, and I think theres more.
 
Spider-Man:   Arana, Spider-Woman, Venom, Anti-Venom
 
Captain America:  Bucky
 
Thor:  Beta Ray Bill, Thunderstrike, Valkyrie,

#24 Edited by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio
Thunderstrike #3
 
 
I miss the 90's wannabe-biker ponytail...  
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#25 Posted by cmaprice (809 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it'd be more interesting if the new Thunderstrike was not so heroic. Ask the moral dilemma inherent to godhood: What god has ever actually been omnibenevolent? Every one I can think of including those still worshiped today are more than a little self serving, even when considered 'merciful'.

#26 Posted by Sammo21 (692 posts) - - Show Bio

I want him to look better.  Thunderstrike looks so 90s.

#27 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Baulder, he deserves it... 
then Loki steals it..
#28 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Eric Masterson's son from Avengers Next clearly.

#29 Posted by Iron Fist Angel (229 posts) - - Show Bio
@bobtv said:
" I'm so NOT going to buy this, gimme a break with this overpriced limited series about characters not so well known to the mainstream. "
I always liked Thunderstrike, (have every issue of the original series and all the Thor comics which led up to it), and even I agree with you. This series does not need to exist.
#30 Edited by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to agree with Aiden Cross, but i don't think its doubtful. To me it seems fairly obvious that it would be Amadeus Cho. Cho has shown Thor and others that he can be a hero by taking up Hercs mantle while he was away. I think it would make sense to use an existing character that some people are already invested in. Could be an interesting character if done right.
#31 Posted by G-Man (31801 posts) - - Show Bio

If it was Amadeus, it'd be like he was cheating on Hercules.

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#32 Posted by PrinceIMC (5421 posts) - - Show Bio

Jake Olsen maybe. Then we could see more Thor-Girl too.

#33 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2239 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there still a Donald Blake?  Whats he up to lately?
Does Thor stay Thor all the time now?
If so, maybe Donald Blake becomes the new Thunderstrike.

#34 Posted by WhoDunnit101 (72 posts) - - Show Bio

It is DAKEN!  No question about it.  xD

#35 Posted by inferiorego (22642 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man:
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#36 Edited by Hellos (8914 posts) - - Show Bio

The blacked out guy's hair kinda reminds me of Daken, boy wouldn't that be a plot twist? 
 
@WhoDunnit101:
 
You beat me to it. :P

#37 Posted by Cthulhudrew (47 posts) - - Show Bio

I expect it will turn out to be Kevin, which would be a good choice. It does look, though, from the previews for January, like TStrike has a new mohawk with Executioner-style lightning bolt tattoos look. I wonder if that means he's retaining some semblance of the Bloodaxe powers.

#38 Posted by G-Man (31801 posts) - - Show Bio
@Cthulhudrew: I got the impression from that solicit that someone stole the Thunderstrike mace. So maybe that mohawk guy took it and the"hero" has to get it back. I can't remember if there's a you have to be worthy thing with Thunderstrike.
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#39 Posted by PowerHerc (82755 posts) - - Show Bio
@ArtisticNeedham said:
"Its like every marvel character is multiplying.
 
Iron Man:  War machine, Petty Pott's Iron armor.
 
Hulk:  Red Hulk, She Hulk, Samson, A-Bomb, Red She-Hulk, Thundra She Hulk, and I think theres more.
 
Spider-Man:   Arana, Spider-Woman, Venom, Anti-Venom
 
Captain America:  Bucky
 
Thor:  Beta Ray Bill, Thunderstrike, Valkyrie, "

Don't forget:  Iron Lad, Hulkling, Wiccan, Patriot (Isaiah & Ely), Scarlet Spider, Skaar, Thor-Girl and USAgent.
Even after listing these, I still feel as though I've forgotten some other spin-offs.
#40 Posted by Midnight Monk (225 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty: Holy crap, cancellation without a doubt...I miss Young Allies
#41 Posted by Cthulhudrew (47 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man: Yeah, looking at that picture closer, I think you're right and that's someone else entirely. I'm still thinking there's some kind of Skurge/Executioner connection with whoever that is, though.
#42 Posted by dewboy01 (1876 posts) - - Show Bio

we're going to need a lot of thor's, wherever we can muster.
#43 Posted by Eet Mor Puppee (103 posts) - - Show Bio

You guys are all stupid. This is obviously going to be a new Wolverine title.
#44 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like a Captain Marvel-thing going on....
That's a kid, behind that mace, in the teaser!

#45 Posted by jayskee (1905 posts) - - Show Bio

i've been wanting him to come back for years
#46 Posted by N7_Normandy (2430 posts) - - Show Bio
@Eet Mor Puppee said:
" You guys are all stupid. This is obviously going to be a new Wolverine title. "
lol
#47 Posted by GothikKnight (60 posts) - - Show Bio

I do Hope its ERIC MASTERSON back though. I loved him as Thor, and Thunderstrike. 
It is not Eric. I hope it is KEVEN Masterson, Eric's son. 
 
I have not seen or even heard that this was coming out. I'm made i missed it it by now huh.

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