Marvel Comics: Is Thor’s hammer broken and up for grabs?

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

What’s going on with Thor’s hammer in Marvel Comics?

Thor’s hammer Mjölnir is one of the most powerful weapons in the world. Only the worthy can lift it and become the God of Thunder. Steve Rogers, Wonder Woman (during a Marvel Comics and DC Comics crossover) and Beta Ray Bill are among the few who’ve actually lifted it. Recently, however, the God of Thunder’s relationship with Mjölnir has gone through some changes.

For years, he was unworthy. During that time, Jane Foster was Thor. She threw Mjölnir in the sun to defeat Mangog, and it was seemingly destroyed. That was until Thor remade it in the sun (The War of the Realms). Since then, his relationship with Mjölnir has been off.

In the new Thor series (written by Donny Cates), the titular star has been having issues lifting Mjölnir. It’s been heavier. That’s not even the worst part, as Sif transported it to Jotunheim – where Loki is king. She figured it would be the one place no one would be able to lift it. She was wrong. Loki lifted it. With a shocked look all he could say was, “…Very interesting.”

Recently, however, revealed that Marvel Comics’ June solicitations suggest the legendary hammer may be broken.

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On the cover for the upcoming Thor No. 7, we see the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Ant-Man all reaching for Thor’s hammer. This may seem like a stretch, but let’s consider some things here.

First off, Thor remade the hammer. Who knows if all the enchantments still stand? Second, he has been unsure about himself for so long that being worthy may mean something different since he recreated the hammer. In fact, during a fight with Beta Ray Bill, Bill told him he was no longer worthy. He then held his head low – maybe he’s starting to believe it to be true. Lastly Donny Cates brought up a great point during an interview with CBR, saying:

"“People treat Thor differently now and he’s looking towards the end of his time as the strong headed prince. He now has to be the man in charge. So, what does that mean?”"

There’s a lot that might explain into why the signature hammer Mjölnir could be losing its power. Who knows? This could also foreshadow upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder where Thor could have issues with Mjölnir again. We’ve seen how the comics can mimic the movies and vice versa.

We’ll just have to wait until Thor No. 7 to see what’s going on.

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