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 divide, showing the world why they are arguably Marvel’s most powerful duo. Storm and Thor got 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 humanity, erecting spores throughout the world that burn humans on contact. Furthermore, the Harrower released a horde of bat-like creatures and pollen from the Man-Thing’s body, which also burned all humans in fear. Fighting alongside other heroes, Thor notes how they would need a world storm to rid themselves of pollen, though this would test even their power.
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With the arrival of Storm, the two weather manipulators create a global weather event to evacuate pollen from Earth. Carrying the pollen through a portal created by Magik, both Thor and Storm help save the world from Harrower’s deadly plot.
To remove pollen from Earth, the combined power of Storm and Thor must have been devastating. By themselves, each of these heroes is already a master of the elements. Thor, for example, manipulated the cosmic storm known as Tempest God to re-forge his hammer, Mjolnir, in 2019. War of the kingdoms # 6, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. However, adding an Omega-level mutant like Storm to the mix guaranteed that the day would be saved.
One of Storm’s most impressive weather manipulation demonstrations occurred in 1981 Uncanny X-Men # 147, by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Josef Rubenstein. When Doctor Doom captured the X-Men, he covered Storm in chrome, causing him to become claustrophobic. When Storm broke free, he lost control of his powers, unleashing a storm that could have killed Doctor Doom and his fellow X-Men. Storm not only harnessed more power than ever, but she also displayed an immense amount of control as she managed to calm herself and the elements. Here, Storm’s divine power was combined with Thor’s abilities as the God of Thunder to save the planet.
Of course, this isn’t the first time in recent months that Storm and Thor have worked together. On King in black # 4, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the duo combined their power to shock a horde of Knull’s army of symbiotes. Working together on various occasions, it appears that Storm and Thor are closing 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 mutant / human bullish alliance, mainly due to their clear similarities. Both are obviously noble heroes with the ability to control the weather. Additionally, Thor is similar to Storm in that they are both willing to fight for humanity. Thor may be an Asgardian god, but he loves Earth, which explains why he has been drawn to the planet over and over again. Similarly, Storm may be a mutant, but she has always been an X-Man, willing to protect a world that hates and fears her. After all, it was Storm who spoke and decided to save the planet from the Harrower’s attack. The cooperation between Storm, a member of the Quiet Council, and Thor, a prominent Avenger, is huge for human / mutant relationships.
Thor has also historically been an ally of mutants, defending mutants during the “Mutant Massacre” in 1986. Thor # 373-374, by Walter Simonson and Sal Buscema and joining the Avengers Unit Squad with various X-Men. While Storm and Thor have served as Avengers, each of them is a master of the elements and wields potentially limitless power when combined.
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