Originally Posted by cherokeesam
This is true.
Thor assuming the throne doesn't have to mean Odin's dead; just that there's been a peaceful transfer of power to the heir. Like the original plan in Thor 1.
At any rate, it's safe to say Thor is now the rightful King of Asgard. I still hope he has to make a decision between Asgard and Midgard, though --- all this high fantasy is nice and all, but if he intends to keep his Avengers Membership Card (tm)
in good standing, he's going to have to go back to Superhero Thor instead of Norse God Thor.
Originally Posted by elizah72
Because...apparently it's impossible for both to exist in the same film.
Really now I'm more concerned about him being too powerful when he goes to fight beside the Avengers and future Thor films. the problem being that nothing will convincingly challenge him from now on.
I think he will have to at some point choose between Midgard and Asgard. Again the theme of "Moral Sacrifice" will certainly be involved and it seems like him having to decide between the defense and needs of Midgard and the defense and needs of Asgard is an issue that his character really needs to deal with at some point, especially if he is King of Asgard. It's like having an American president constantly going over to be sure France is okay.
My understanding is that in the Simonson run, the Asgardians convene an Althing to choose a new king. They choose Thor, but he declines and names Balder instead. My recollection is that Thor basically says he's not yet ready to give up being a hero (though I can't find a reference on it at the moment).
So actually he could well choose between being king and being a superhero. And it wouldn't be a huge departure from the source material. For the logistical reasons you both mention (Avengers 2, 3, etc. . .), it seems very logical that he would decline the throne.