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Subj: Yes, I would say so
Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2021 at 02:59:02 pm EST (Viewed 198 times)
Reply Subj: Is Thor the same being as when he started?
Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2021 at 01:58:43 pm EST (Viewed 270 times)
The Ragnarok Cycle is complicated, but I'll do my best to outline what we know. Every two thousand years or so, all the gods die in Ragnarok which feeds TWSAIS and the gods are then reborn soon afterwards. The gods seem to be literally born again to their mothers as we see several gods being born as their current versions such as Thor.
The gods have to die in Ragnarok in order for it to contribute to the cycle. For example, all of the gods who died in the final Ragnarok inhabited mortals and Thor was able to call them out, but Odin died fighting Surtur before Ragnarok so Thor could not revive him. It could be argued that returning from a death outside of Ragnarok could be linked to the cycle since fate may will them back so that they can later die in Ragnarok. The new gods can be very similar or very different. Fraction's Age of Thunder features Thor from the third Ragnarok cycle and he looks very similar to modern Thor, but he is more brutal and apathetic.
The Thor that we all know and love who first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 has never been reborn in the Ragnarok cycle. Unlike previous versions of Thor, he managed to see the Ragnarok cycle (thanks to Odin's plans) and broke the cycle forever. Any returns from death are now completely separate from Ragnarok. For example, after Fear Itself, Thor returns to life by fighting hs way out of the afterlife with the same version of Thor dying, awaking, and emerging. After breaking the cycle, Thor also says that he remembers every moment of his previous lives so at this point all versions of Thor are as close to being the same as they have ever been.