Something big is coming to Fortnite. As we already discussed last week, teasers and rumors are pointing to some kind of big Marvel crossover for the game’s Chapter 2 Season 4. It’s not the craziest idea, especially since Fortnite previously brought Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet to its battle royale mode to tie into Avengers: Endgame last year.
We already know that this event will revolve around Thor in some way, which is way more fitting than Thanos, considering how Thor played Fortnite in Avengers: Endgame with his Warbound brethren Korg and Miek.
But Thor ain’t coming alone. The island will also get a visit from Galactus! Eater of Worlds! Wielder of the Power Cosmic! He Who Was a Cloud of Gas in That Movie We Don’t Talk About! All of this is according to a new teaser that dropped online as well as an in-game comic book that warns of Galactus’ arrival.
On the chance that you don’t know who Galactus is – after all, we’re years away from him showing up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – he is considered one of the most powerful threats in the Marvel Universe. A survivor of the previous universe, Galactus was given new life and vast power from the Big Bang and exists to feast on the energies from planets to survive like a cosmic force of nature. Usually, he’s aided by a herald recruited to find suitable sustenance for him, most notably the Silver Surfer. Galactus is an amoral being most of the time, but in recent years was considered one of the good guys.
In the game, there’s a slightly-hidden comic prelude explaining this Fortnite appearance is actually detour that ties into a Thor story arc that just happened in the Marvel comic. “The Devourer King” is the first storyline in the new Thor series by Donny Cates and Nic Klein. In it, Thor is the ruler of Asgard, but within two weeks of his reign, Galactus shows up to warn him of the Black Winter. The Black Winter is the entity that destroyed the previous universe and plans to do the same to Asgard at the very least.
To aid Galactus, Thor is transformed into his newest herald. Together, they find five planets for Galactus to feast on to give him the galactic vitamins needed to fight off the Black Winter.
While that storyline concluded with some crazy stuff in the last issue that I’m not even going to BEGIN to spoil here, this Fortnite adventure takes place during the search for Galactus’ feast. As they fly through space, Galactus senses the infinite power coming from Fortnite’s reality and zips over. Thor decides to stop his boss in the funny hat and at least warn everyone of what’s coming.
I mean, telling everyone that Galactus is coming is what a herald is supposed to do anyway.
Thor and Galactus have crossed paths various times in Marvel history. Thor interfered in the epic battle between Galactus and Ego the Living Planet way back in the day. There was even a What If? issue from the mid-00s that played with the concept of Thor being Galactus’ herald, only that story ended with Thor feeding Galactus Asgard in a story beat that was strangely reminiscent of how the movie Thor: Ragnarok ended.
Usually, Thor is treated as being way out of his league when faced with Galactus. On average, he’s at-best on the level of one of Galactus’ heralds. Recently, due to ridiculously awesome storylines and some classic comic book power creep, Thor is at least capable of bringing the big god down under the right circumstances. Even Jason Aaron’s legendary Thor run involved a possible future where an elderly king Thor – looking and acting like Odin – is able to kill Galactus to protect a dead Earth.
Man, it was metal as Hel.
Thor and Galactus will start their Fortnite vacation on August 27.