While many characters in the DC Comics universe have secret identities and civilian personas, not many characters in Marvel’s Universe, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adhere to the concept of alter-egos.
Fans of Branagh’s Thor movie will remember that Odin sent his son to Earth – powerless – to teach him some humility and once again become worthy of Mjolnir. The same thing happened in the comics, albeit with some differences. For one, Thor came to Earth without any memories of Asgard and, instead, was given the identity of crippled medical student named Donald Blake. After a series of events, Donald Blake happened to come across Mjolnir disguised as a walking stick. When he slammed it on the ground, he transformed into the god Thor – complete with the looks and powers of the Thunder God. For years, Thor would continue his medical practice and use the hammer to transform between the mortal Donald Blake and the god Thor, but, eventually, he gave up his alter-ego and returned home to Asgard.
In recent years, Marvel has all but erased Donald Blake from existence in an effort to try and make Thor a solo character. As such, Donald Blake is now a separate person all-together and is no longer bound to the God of Thunder.
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