Ether was the Reality Infinity Stone that appeared in the Thor movies and now Marvel has turned it into something truly amazing.
Marvel Comics just fixed the worst Infinity Stone of the UCM. The legendary writer Jason Aaron may have finished Thor's foundational career, but is still writing the spin-off series Jane Foster: Valkyrie. As the title suggests, the story is about Jane Foster transformed into the first of a new wave of Valkyries, and has faced her with some pretty terrifying threats. It has also put Ether to better use than the Thor movies.
The last arc, "At the End of All Things," has seen Thor's brother Tyr bid for the throne of Asgard. Tyr had been assigned to serve drinks in Valhalla as punishment for betraying the crown. Instead, it provided him with the perfect opportunity to learn ancient secrets of forgotten magic, holy places, and powerful objects. Eventually, Tyr learned enough to launch a ruthless plan to take over Asgard once again. And he did it with an object that bears a striking resemblance to Ether, the Infinity Stone that Marvel introduced in the Thor movies.
The weapon in question is an ancient anti-life force known as Rokkva.
As Odin explained in a flashback scene, he was created as the opposite of life, the opposite of a soul. "As life flourished in the Nine Realms, so did the Rokkva," Odin told Thor. "He had no will and no desire, but wherever he moved, death would follow." The Rokkva is presented as an all-consuming darkness in the Marvel Universe. Furthermore, he is capable of possessing the bodies of others, consuming his life, his own soul.
Øde, one of the first kings of Asgard, tried to harness the power of Rokkva. For a time, he became the most powerful being in all of creation, but was eventually consumed. What was left of his body was buried in a hidden vault far below the Jotunheim Mountains. Visually, this vault looks almost identical to the mysterious Aether hideout in the Thor movies.
The comic makes up the UCM.
"At the end of all things" is clearly a reference to Marvel Studios' Thor movies. Since Rokkva possesses many of the same characteristics and poses the same type of threat as Ether. As his influence expands, he consumes everything in the dark, and in a moment he unleashes himself against Asgard. But, because it presents itself as an entity rather than a mere force, it has a real and powerful sense of threat. The Rokkva is the perfect opposite of life. It seeks to consume rather than reproduce, to absorb all of creation itself. Tyr thinks he has learned to control it, but he is fooling himself, as he realizes. Something similar to Malekith.
The Infinity Stones are the most powerful objects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in the comics they wanted to create a substance just like the Ether and have improved it a lot to what we saw in the Thor movies.
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