Thor, the new Marvel film opens today, starring everyone’s favorite god of thunder! Although it looks like Thor’s alter-ego Donald Blake isn’t appearing in the film, impress your friends at the movies this weekend by reading up on his comic origin story.
Odin decided that it was time Thor learned humility. Odin had Thor surrender his hammer to him, and then sent him to Earth in the mortal guise of a crippled young medical student named Donald Blake, stripped of his memory (again) of his true identity. As Blake, Thor learned the value of humble perseverance in dealing with his injured leg, and he came to care for the sick and dying, first as a medical student, and later as a successful physician. After leaving medical school, Blake opened a private practice in New York, and quickly gained renown as a great surgeon.