Clor! It’s a new bussword on the internet!
Clor! It’s the truely terrifying return of the God of Thunder for Marvel Comics!
Clor! It’s a weird turn of events in an epic storyline for an entire universe!
Clor! … Can they really do that?
For those of your just tuning in, Thor returns as a genetic clone devolped by the brain trust of Tony Stark, Reed Richards and Hank Pym. As a savage, brutal creature, he killed Goliath and seemed bent on utter destruction of any who opposed him. The three scientists and forward-thinkers worry about what went wrong with their special project. Why did he go berserk like that? He doesn’t seem like Thor at all, he doesn’t even seem human.
He shouldn’t. He’s a god, according to Marvel.com; norse All Father Odin wanted a child of both Asgard and Midgard, ‘wooed’ the goddess of the Earth and voila, baby Thor, God of Thunder. Yes, he had a mortal body as part of Odin teaching his son humility, but he still ‘became’ Thor with all the godly powers thereof and I’m sticking with that. So, while we’ve been asking ourselves ‘is cloning playing God?’, we find out that cloning a god himself isn’t all that out of our reach. But is that even possible? Could hair and skin samples saved correctly from the first Avengers meetings be later used to create something more than mankind itself?
Actually… yes. Again, keeping in mind this is not about ‘God’ but ‘god’ (capitalization is everything), Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary tells me that a god is “a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship“. It’s a requirement of the job to have human worship. So a god technically only has as much consciousness as humanity gives it as part of what defines him is a what reverance or honor is given to him.
The clone of Thor is a means to an ends. He was not created out of any desire to see an old comrade back or a need to have a God of Thunder again, as far as we are shown; Clor was created to even the tides of battle in a superhero civil war. There is a lot of animosity out there coupled with little understanding from either side, so I doubt that there is any deferrance or honor given to their creation. There is a shutoff switch, a way to control that which they have created, showing dominance over the divine. Since their project was an undercover one, it’s not as if they brought him out among friends. Now, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic being men of science, I’m not expecting them to break out an altar and slay a fatted calf for their creation. I’m not even expecting them to get exactly what they have done, which is create a god-like being out of DNA without the heart or soul that goes into something of a divine nature. Clor can only have as humanity or compassion or conscious as humanity itself gives him.
Lying there on the operating table with his head being drilled into, former friends and comrades treating him like nothing more than a useable tool, we can only ask ourselves…
“What have they done?”