During X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing, Storm and Thor combined their immense power to bridge the gap between Krakoa and the rest of the world.
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In recent years, the Avengers and the X-Men have spent more time divided than unified. The two superhero teams often overlook their similarities, especially between specific members. However, Thor and Storm overcame this division, showing the world why they’re possibly Marvel’s most powerful duo. Storm and Thor came together during X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1, by Steve Orlando and Andrea Broccardo.
During this issue, the Harrower had used the Man-Thing’s body to the detriment of mankind, erecting spores across the globe that burn humans on contact. Moreover, the Harrower released a horde of bat-like creatures and pollen from the Man-Thing’s body, which also burn all humans who feel fear. Fighting alongside other heroes, Thor notes how they’d need a worldwide storm to get rid of the pollen, although this would test even his might.
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With the arrival of Storm, the two weather manipulators create a global weather event to evacuate the pollen from Earth. Ushering the pollen through a portal created by Magik, both Thor and Storm help save the world from the Harrower’s deadly plot.
To eliminate the pollen from Earth, the combined power of Storm and Thor must have been devastating. On their own, each of these heroes is already a master of the elements. Thor, for example, manipulated the cosmic storm known as the God Tempest in order to re-forge his hammer, Mjolnir, in 2019’s War of the Realms #6, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Adding an Omega-Level mutant like Storm into the mix, however, guaranteed that the day would be saved.
One of Storm’s most impressive displays of weather manipulation came in 1981’s Uncanny X-Men #147, by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Josef Rubenstein. When Doctor Doom captured the X-Men, he encased Storm in chrome, triggering her claustrophobia. When Storm broke free, she lost control of her powers, unleashing a storm that could have killed Doctor Doom and her fellow X-Men. Storm not only harnessed more power than ever, she also displayed an immense amount of control when she managed to calm herself and the elements. Here, Storm’s god-like power combined with Thor’s abilities as the God of Thunder to save the planet.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time in recent months that Storm and Thor have worked together. In King in Black #4, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the duo combined their might to electrocute a horde of Knull‘s symbiote army. Working together on several occasions, it seems that Storm and Thor are bridging the gap between the X-Men and the rest of the world.
There are few better duos than Storm and Thor to emphasize the potential upside mutant/human alliance, mainly due to their clear similarities. Obviously, both are noble heroes with the ability to control the weather. Moreover, Thor is similar to Storm in that they’re both willing to fight for humankind. Thor may be an Asgardian god, but he loves Earth, explaining why he has been drawn to the planet time after time. Similarly, Storm may be a mutant, but she’s always been an X-Man, willing to protect a world that hates and fears her. It was, after all, Storm who spoke up and decided to save the planet from the Harrower’s attack. Cooperation between Storm, a member of the Quiet Council, and Thor, a prominent Avenger, is huge for mutant/human relations.
Thor has also historically been an ally to mutantkind, standing up for mutants during the “Mutant Massacre” in 1986’s Thor #373-374, by Walter Simonson and Sal Buscema and joining the Avengers Unity Squad with several X-Men. While Storm and Thor have both served as Avengers, they each stand as a master of the elements, and they wield potentially limitless power when paired together.
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