Thor Theory: The fates of the Asgardian gods are predetermined

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Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for his power. A powerful god of thunder, his abilities exceed those of a normal human. And he’s not the only god in the MCU either – his adoptive brother Loki is the god of mischief, his half-sister Hela is the goddess of death, and his father Odin is the king of Asgard and the god of war and wisdom.

You might think that any being that passes for god would be omnipotent, but a fan theory recently found on Reddit proves the opposite. On the contrary, the MCU gods may not be as powerful as fans think, as they may not even be in full control of their destiny. The Reddit theory posited by InternationalRuin760 suggests that the future of the Asgardian gods is limited to their titles. This means that the fates of the gods are predetermined based on what they are the god for.

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Thor: The Dark World

The Redditor remembers in the first Thor Movie how the title character goes to great lengths to take the throne and become king; However, when he sees Loki’s lust for power driving him insane, Thor stops. He realizes that he is not destined to be king. He’s a bit brash and proud, and while he cares about the people of Asgard, ruling them is a very different job than avenging them. At the end of Thor: The Dark World, the god decides to forego the crown and instead travel around the earth on various adventures. The fact that Thor couldn’t become king proves the Reddit theory – the son of Odin tried to be king, but he is the god of thunder, and he ultimately decides to be just that. Thor even declines the throne a second time at the end Avengers: Endgame when he essentially tells Valkyrie to become the King of Asgard while venturing into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Likewise, Loki craves power, but to a different degree than his brother. He is believed to be “burdened with a glorious purpose.” All he wants is to be king and he will do anything to make it happen. Sometimes he ascends the throne, as in Thor when the god of thunder disappears and Odin falls into a coma. And in Thor: The Dark World, he transforms into the form of Odin and rules Asgard disguised as the Allfather. But both times the crown is snatched from him and he chases after her again. As much as Loki wishes to be king, he never will be – he will always be the god of mischief. His mischievous side rules him, so the theory is that he’s just a trickster.

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The Redditor points to the older half-sister of Hela, Loki and Thor. She wants the throne too, and as she leads her assault on the people of Asgard, she does what the Goddess of Death was meant to do – cause death. Hela assumes the role of Asgard’s ruler for a time, but Thor, Valkyrie, and Loki prevent this from becoming permanent. Unlike his children, Odin is supposed to be king. As the god of war and wisdom, he has the strategic brain and judgment to be a good ruler.

Upon further investigation, this Reddit theory appears to actually hold. The gods of Asgard, while all might be quite powerful, are not powerful enough to change their destiny. Whatever the god they are, they are destined to be.

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