Mjolnir returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Endgame, and it is just the latest example of how underpowered it is to its comic counterpart. Marvel Studios has done a very good job of bringing characters and stories from Marvel Comics to the big screen over the last eleven years, and one of the most powerful ones to be featured is the Asgardian future king Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.
Just like in the comics, Thor's hammer Mjolnir has played a vital role in his first several appearances. He's used the almighty hammer to win countless battles and defeat major foes like Ultron and Malekith. Throughout these adventures, the MCU has shown just how powerful that Mjolnir can be. Thor used it to destroy the Bifrost Bridge and command staggering amounts of lightning to fight the Chitauri at the Battle of New York, just to name a few examples.
And despite all of these displays of power, the MCU's version of Mjolnir is still vastly underpowered when it comes to how it has been used in the comics. This is the subject of the newest Screen Rant video, where we take a close look at Mjolnir's use in the MCU and see how it compares to the comics. In the comics, Mjolnir possesses several different abilities that the MCU has not even hinted at and is just downright a whole lot more powerful. Learn all about the differences in the video at the top of this post.
It is true that Mjolnir is not as powerful in the MCU as it is in Marvel Comics, but that could be said about quite a few different characters and artifacts. Plus, it is somewhat difficult to compare the two, as the MCU has only featured Mjolnir in six movies but the comic version has been part of hundreds, if not thousands, of comics over the last 50 years. The comic version of the hammer may have been able to show its strength by taking down Galactus, but the MCU's Mjolnir never got the chance after Hela destroyed it.
While Mjolnir did make a return in Avengers: Endgame in epic fashion, it is not expected to be part of the MCU moving forward. This would mean that we've seen all we will of it on the big screen, so we'll never know if there were more powers to it that Thor never managed to learn. He doesn't seem to heartbroken about not having his hammer anymore either, as he prefers Stormbreaker now (and could be the key to him having his powers) and will continue to use it as his weapon of choice moving forward. But, if Mjolnir does happen to return in some form in future films, then maybe the true power of it will be unleashed.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019