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'Thor' Fan Theories That Wield More Power Than Mjolnir

Updated February 5, 2021 2.0k votes 398 voters 47.4k views19 items

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Across three standalone films and multiple appearances in other projects like The Avengers and Doctor Strange, Thor and his Asgardian comrades have made a thunderous mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, some truly amazing fan theories have emerged. Some Marvel enthusiasts believe there's a deeper reason as to why Captain America is able to wield Thor's hammer Mjolnir, while others think Ant-Man might be just as worthy. If you're more interested in Thor's other mythological weapon, Stormbreaker, you might be interested to learn that some fans think it wasn't meant to be used by Thor at all. And then there are theories that are just downright strange, like the idea that Thor might be in the process of becoming Santa Claus! (To be honest, we're curious to see how that one would play out.) These are the best Thor fan theories we could find. 

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    The History Of Odin And Asgard

    Photo: Thor / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor /u/bubonis:

    Years and years ago, Odin learned about the Infinity Stones through his father, Bor, who was responsible for taking the Reality Stone from the Dark Elves. After his death and Odin's subsequent rise to power, he (with Hela at his side) began conquering all the realms in order to locate and claim the Stones. Odin found the Space Stone first and this allowed Odin and his armies to travel between realms and conquer them very quickly.

    Read the full theory here.

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    Mjolnir's Interesting Flight Path

    Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor /u/whenijusthavetopost:

    Mjolnir can round corners in Thor: the Dark World. In Ragnarok, Thor let it smash through the walls of the NY Sanctum because Strange kept teleporting him.

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    Mjolnir Is Thor's Power Dampener

    From Redditor /u/brownpanter_333:

    1.Thor is at his most powerful in Infinity War where he overpowers even the Infinity Gauntlet and nearly kills Thanos. He doesn't have Mjolnir then. Instead he uses Stormbreaker.
    2.Thor is more powerful in Thor 3 than 1&2. The only difference being he no longer wields Mjolnir.
    3.In Endgame he again wields Mjolnir and he becomes nerfed. Now his loss in power may be due to his sedentary lifestyle however it should mainly affect his agility and reflexes. His physical strength while decreased should still be somewhere near the same level as before.While that is debatable what is certain is that his lightning powers should be nearly as strong as it was during Thor 3 and Infinity War. However he hardly uses lightning and what little he uses does not seem to be as effective as before. He is completely outmatched by Thanos without any Infinity Stones. 4.Captain America while wielding Mjolnir shows incredible strength and furthermore even lightning attacks.So where did this power come from?

    This is my Theory- Mjolnir is actually a power dampener which stores Thor's power within itself.

    1. Odin knew that his incredibly powerful son still hadn't acquired much wisdom and was brash and irresponsible.He couldn't trust his son to handle all that power responsibly. He already had failed to guide his daughter onto the right path. He had to take drastic measures. So he tasked the dwarfs with creating a power dampener disguised as a weapon. He always intended Stormbreaker to be the true weapon for Thor. Mjolnir was merely to be his weapon during his training wheels phase. However millenia passed and Thor remained brash and so Stormbreaker remained uncrafted. Finally Odin decided to teach him humility and used Mjolnir's power draining and storing ability to strip Thor of his powers and store it in Mjolnir. This way whoever could lift the hammer would receive the strength of Thor from the hammer.
    2.When Hela destroys Mjolnir, Thor's power is returned to him.
    3. In Endgame he again wields Mjolnir and it slowly drains his power and that is why he is so weak. Meanwhile Captain America on wielding it receives his power from Mjolnir. Maybe Thor finally understood it as well which is why he insisted Captain America wield Mjolnir.

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    How Loki Changed Odin Forever

    Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor /u/Denommus:

    Hela says that Odin was a conqueror, an emperor, but "suddenly" decided to become a pacifist.

    With no further context, Odin's change of heart could seem sudden or even forced. But we did get more context on the first Thor movie.

    The real reason Odin changed was... Loki.

    When he found the baby abandoned in the battlefield, he finally learned the consequences of his acts. It's very likely that Thor was already born as well, so he empathized with the baby because he had his own baby. So, he thought about how many babies must have died because of his conquests, and from that point on decided to stop.

    So, in a certain way, Loki might have saved the Marvel Universe from Odin and Hela.

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