I don't think I'm the only one who got my introduction to Norse mythology by reading Marvel comics. In fact, when my English class and I actually got around to reading about Norse mythology in high school, I couldn't help but feel that the stories were wrong. I was so used to the portrayals of Thor, Loki, and Odin that I saw in the comics, that the real tales about the Norse pantheon rang false. (That'll teach me to read comic books more than actual books.) With the rise in popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I'd say that even more kids are getting inundated with the superhero version of Norse mythology rather than actual Norse mythology. Seriously, in true Norse tales, Loki's just a jerk.
Thor is the God of Thunder in both the Marvel comics and in Norse mythology, but in order to make him an engaging superhero, Marvel was a tad liberal when endowing Thor with special abilities. These changes are some of the things that confused me when I was learning about Norse mythology. You honestly would not believe some of the things that Thor has been seen doing in the comics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has reined in a lot of Thor's superpowers (though they have expanded on some of them).
Thor is one of my favorite superheroes in the Avengers, and I hope to see more of him past the events of Avengers: Infinity War. (I hope to see more of all of the Avengers, if I'm being honest.) Read on if you want to learn about some of the odder powers Thor has that you may not have heard of.
25 Happy Together
We learn in the very first Thor movie that Thor has a special connection to his magical hammer, Mjolnir. He's the only person who can lift it up from the ground, and it comes to his hand when he calls for it. (He doesn't actually call out for Mjolnir. He just kind of holds up his hand and Mjolnir zooms into it as if Thor's palm is a magnet solely intended to attract Mjolnir.) In the comic books, Thor's connection to the hammer becomes deeper than a simple claim over a weapon. Thor swings his hammer around wildly during a fight, so it's perfectly understandable that at some point, Mjolnir would sustain some damage.
It's a mystical weapon, so it takes ages for Mjolnir to break, but when it does, Thor goes to his good old friend, Doctor Strange, for help. As Sorcerer Supreme and a wielder of the mystic arts, Strange is the perfect go-to guy for magical weapon repair. Doctor Strange is able to fix it, but it came at a weird cost. Doctor Strange uses the mystical forces within Thor to create a link between Thor and Mjolnir. This link helps to repair the hammer, but it means that if Mjolnir is ever destroyed again, Thor would perish along with it. Good thing this didn't happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Otherwise, Thor: Ragnarok would have ended very differently.
24 Like Father, Like Son
After being awake for so long and doing many kick-butt actions, Odin tired himself out in the first Thor. He had to go into what is called the "Odinsleep," in order to replenish his energy. For those of you who did not entirely understand how Odinsleep worked, it's basically a rejuvenating coma, a really long nap, in essence. That's why no one was too concerned about Odin's health when he collapsed in his vault. Everyone was more worried about how vulnerable Asgard would be while Odin was in his Odinsleep.
Apparently, Thor has his own version of Odinsleep called Thorsleep. After he exercises his strength and superhuman abilities too much, Thor needs to take a quick/not-quick catnap to return to his tiptop shape. Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor has not yet gone into a Thorsleep yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if this ability of Thor's makes it into the next movie.
It's been a while since Thor got to relax.
In quick succession, Thor has had to escape the gladiator planet of Sakaar, reclaim Asgard from Hela, make Ragnarok happen, retreat to Earth with the other Asgardians, encounter Thanos, survive the vacuum of space, forge a new weapon, and then battle Thanos and his forces once again. If anyone is in need of a rejuvenating coma, it's Thor.
23 Blowing In The Wind
As the actual God of Thunder, it makes sense that Thor would have some atmospheric proclivities. But it surprises even me when I hear about how Thor is able to fly. Not including those moments when he whirls Mjolnir rapidly in a circle and it lifts him into the air, Thor accomplishes flight by being held aloft by "the winds." I'm just saying, those have got to be some strong winds if they're picking up Thor's large, weighty body. Plus, Thor does not look like he is, in any way, aerodynamic. The explanation for Superman's flight is that his Kryptonian body was used to higher levels of gravity on Krypton, so on Earth, he just bounds up like our Earth gravity is nothing.
It says something when I find that easier to believe than wind being able to pick up Thor. I can swallow Thor manipulating the winds. As the God of Thunder, he can create the clouds and storms necessary to bring about thunder and lightning. High winds accompany storms like that. But if Thor's using these winds to fly, why is he the only one who is being picked up into the air. Are winds really that selective? I would think that winds would pick up anyone who happened to be nearby. That would be pretty inconvenient if Thor was trying to get away from a person he's fighting, and instead, he takes that person along with him for a wild ride into the atmosphere.
22 Where We're Going, We Don't Need Space Stones
Traveling long distances can be such a hassle. You have to take into consideration the time it takes to travel, and you also have to think about how much money your transportation will cost. When planning a long trip, I always ponder on the benefits of having teleportation abilities, a portal machine, or inter-dimensional travel exist. With Mjolnir by his side, Thor does not have to worry about traveling to other dimensions. In the comic books, Thor used Mjolnir to open an inter-dimensional portal, which he used to get to a place he would not have been able to get to otherwise. Now, it's been a while since I've seen Thor do that in the comics.
He hasn't done this at all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I think Thor having the power of inter-dimensional travel would be a bit of a problem in the movies. If he could do that, it would not have been such a big deal that the Rainbow Bridge got broken. Thor could have just used his magic hammer to go see Jane Foster whenever he wanted to. And if Mjolnir could open these portals, then who needs the Space Stone, the Infinity Stone that allows a being to travel vast distances? Looking on all the conflicts that arose in the MCU regarding traveling to some location before it's too late, it's obvious why Mjolnir in the movies does not grant Thor the ability of teleportation. Everything would have been solved so neatly.
21 Getting Your Rage On
I am currently playing several games of Dungeons & Dragons (a tabletop, role-playing game), and in one of them, my character is a Barbarian Half-Orc. Barbarians have this nifty ability to go into a "Rage." It's like a state of berserk madness that adds damage to your strength-based attacks, and whenever I let my Half-Orc rage, I always picture her wildly swinging her flail and just wrecking any baddies who stand in her way. Surprisingly, despite his primary-colored outfit and cultured, old-timey manner of speaking, if Thor were a D&D character, he would be a barbarian too. During a fight, he can enter a state called "Warrior Madness," and during this state, he gains an increase in his physical strength at the cost of some mental control.
He turns into a hammer-wielding version of Wolverine.
This is all well and good when it comes to giving villains a pounding, but let's say Thor's facing a friendly face and he decides to go all berserk on them. This happens in the comics, and let me tell you, in those moments, you're not rooting for Thor to win. You're hoping the guy he's whaling on survives. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I don't think I've yet seen Thor give in to this Warrior Madness. He gets really enthusiastic during a fight, but I haven't seen him lose control of himself, not even when he was fighting the Hulk. I can only hope that Thor decides to bring on some Berserk Rage when he goes up against Thanos next.
20 Thick Skin
Super heroes often endure experiences that would leave the average person bruised, worn out, and unable to move. Actually, super heroes endure experiences that would leave the average person in a cold grave. Even in not entirely threatening situations, super heroes can survive the impossible. For example, remember that moment when Captain America jumped over that helicopter and performed this sweet somersault over the rotor blades? Yeah, if I tried to do that, I would end up as ribbons. Actually, scratch that, I would not even get near the rotor blades because I can't jump as superhumanly high as Captain America. I'd just be left on ground level staring up at a rapidly ascending helicopter.
Thor at least has a reason for not getting grossly injured every time he performs dangerous stunts. He's an Asgardian, a God of Thunder. And you're not called a god unless you have the matching abilities to go with it. As such, he is gifted with extremely dense skin and bones that prevent him from sustaining injuries a normal human would receive if he tried any godly antics. Thor's dense skin is the reason why he can survive being tossed around by the Hulk, thrown through a portal to another planet by Hela, and given the worst beating by Thanos, the Mad Titan.
19 Do You Believe In Magic?
Despite his appearance as a brute of a man, Thor is actually in touch with his mystical side too. Loki's not the only one in the family with his hand in the magic pot. This is never really displayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe except for a few moments. In the movies, Thor usually solves his problems with a swing of his hammer, a bolt of lightning, or his charming good looks. You know, physical solutions to his problems are his forte. You would not think he could pull a Doctor Strange and work some magic. However, Thor's very Asgardian nature is tied closely to magic, so even though we mostly see Thor as a melee, swing-swing-punch-punch kind of character, when the super heroes of the Marvel world need to solve a problem of a magical nature, Thor is one of the people that they call on to help them.
His childhood in Asgard raised Thor in an existence steeped with mystic forces.
While he may not have studied magic like Loki or Frigga, Thor grew up around it, so he has a basic knowledge of how magic works. If you recall from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor was the one who knew about that pool of visions in the cave. He was also the one who mystically gave life to the Vision after using Mjolnir to implant the Mind Stone in Vision's head.
It can be a clear, sunny day, but if Thor decides that he needs a little lightning and thunder on his side, clouds will quickly appear, rumble with the threat of rain, and then we hear the telltale boom of thunder. Since he's the God of Thunder, we never really question this, but there's an underlying factor that we're missing here. His name should not be Thor, God of Thunder. His name should be Thor, God of Inclement Weather. Whether he intends to or not, Thor can control the weather. After falling from the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier in Hulk's prison, Thor finds his hammer in the middle of a farm field in the middle of the day. When he decides to call for some lightning, dark grey clouds swirl over the area, making the once-bright day disappear.
Even on Asgard, when he confronts Hela on the Rainbow Bridge, he makes the skies conceal themselves under a thick cover of clouds. I've never considered this before, but do you guys think that means Thor can control the weather no matter where he's at, be it in a different dimension or a different planet? Another thing we should all wonder at is the damage Thor may do if he ever decided to bring about stormy weather in a place that normally doesn't receive such conditions. Or maybe he can only affect the weather in places that are already inclined to have storms.
17 Batteries Not Included
Hey, List-Readers! Have you ever been driving down the road, and then felt your car skitter to a stop? Have you ever then lifted up the hood of your car to find that the battery has died? And have you then ever cursed the skies and complained to yourself that you bet the Avengers never have to worry about a bum car battery? Well, you'd be right! Not only do the Avengers have access to Tony Stark's technology (I bet they don't even use batteries anymore), they also have access to Thor's mystical hammer, Mjolnir. On at least one occasion, when the Avengers' Quinjet ran out of juice, Thor was able to use Mjolnir to give the jet some much needed life. His magic hammer is basically the best back-up car battery a super hero team could ever ask for.
If you need more evidence that this is possible than what is in the comics, look at the first Avengers movie. When Iron Man and Thor engage in their unnecessary but totally awesome fight, Thor directs some lightning in Iron Man's direction using Mjolnir. The lightning crackles all around Tony, causing his Iron Man face-screen to glow white, but afterwards, Jarvis tells him that the suit is at over one hundred percent power. See? Thor's hammer can power up technology. So next time you think to yourself that the Avengers don't have to deal with power failures, remember that you are absolutely and completely right.
16 Tonight, We Are Young
If I have to hear one more person tell me that Odin should not have passed away in Thor: Ragnarok since he was immortal, I'm going to scream. Let me stop you right there. Asgardians are in no way immortal. They just have a really, really long lifespan. It might sound confusing, especially because when you hear that someone is a god, it automatically puts infinite longevity in your head. But rest assured, Thor and the rest of his Asgardian buddies (the rest of his living Asgardian buddies, I mean) are not immortal.
One of the many gifts that Thor has is this extended lifespan.
Upon hearing of his ability to live for quite some time, I am now curious as to how old he is when we see him in the first Thor. Since he can live to be old in human years, I'm assuming that his features age slowly as well. So how old was Thor exactly when he met Jane Foster? Could he have been hundreds of years old, and we all just couldn't tell because he has the looks of a... well, the looks of Chris Hemsworth?
Given Thor's childish behavior during his first movie, I'm inclined to think that Thor is on the young side of an Asgardian's lifespan. He rebelled against his father, broke the rules of his father's kingdom, and fell in love with a woman he had only met for a couple of days. That all sounds like a young person's behavior to me. (Sorry, any young people who are reading this.)
15 Use The Force
Mjolnir isn't just good for channeling lightning (though it is very good at that). It also channels a little bit of Thor. That sounds a tad mystifying, doesn't it. (Whenever you deal with magical Norse Gods, things tend to get obfuscated.) Let me explain. As God of Thunder, Thor has a ton of energy within him, a huge amount of what we will call "life force." If he's facing a really tough opponent (and by a really tough opponent, I mean another immortal or someone like that), Thor can choose to channel his life force into his hammer and send it flying into his enemy in these blasts which are called "godforce" blasts.
Seeing this in action is pretty cool in the comics. Comic book artists make it look like this golden light bursts from Thor's body through his hammer and into his foe. One blast can down a mighty foe. However, the reason Thor doesn't pull this move so often is that it actually drains him of his life force. So while it may take out a guy in single blow, it also makes Thor go down pretty quick too. Personally, even though it might take a toll on Thor, I would love to see him channel some godforce into, let's say, Thanos. He would be able to end Thanos' life in one blast. There goes the Infinity War problem.
14 Tightening Your Belt
Accessories are all the rage when you're dealing with super hero fashion. See, that's one of the many cool things about super heroes: the costumes. There is no other profession that allows you to wear spangly outfits all the time, with flowing capes, convenient masks, bright jumpsuits, or smart gloves. The sad thing is that this profession doesn't exist in real life. Therefore, we have to content ourselves with seeing cool super hero costumes in comic books and comic book movies. Thor has a pretty nifty costume. He has the gigantic red cape, with the metal bracers and blue-colored chest-piece. You wouldn't think that Thor would need anything else to make himself look better.
But the Belt of Strength he has occasionally worn in the comics is an accessory that Thor has chosen to strap on, not for fashion purposes, but for work purposes. The Belt doubles Thor's normal strength, so it can come quite in handy when he's fighting someone who's tougher than him. He just slips on his belt and gives them the ultimate beat down. (It would be a bit embarrassing if he had to pause in the middle of fighting to put on a belt though.) I don't if strength is quantifiable, so I don't know how you can double it. Suffice it to say, double Thor's usual amount of strength is bound to be pretty strong.
13 Breaking The Sound Barrier
I don't usually take notice of cool sound effects in movies unless they're very epic. The sound of a lightsaber humming on is an example of one of those sound effects. The sound a Needler's rounds make when they hit their mark and explode is another one. And, the sound of Thor spinning his hammer in a circle really quickly is yet another one of those awesome sound effects. The deep thrumming as Mjolnir whirls around on its straps is music to my ears.
The sound it makes is evidence of the power of sound effects.
When you hear the force of the wind rushing by, you can actually believe that the hammer can lift Thor off the ground and into the air. Supposedly, Thor is rumored to fly up to Mach 32 when he flies using Mjolnir. That's over twenty thousand miles per hour. The average human body can't withstand that much speed. Luckily for Thor, he's got that Asgardian physique, complete with dense skin and bones, that allows him to withstand such speeds. If he's traveling that fast, it's a wonder he ever needs to use a vehicle. Commercial airplanes fly slower than Thor using Mjolnir to get around. With Mjolnir at his side, Thor should never worry about rushing through a crowded airport fearing that he's going to miss his flight.
12 In Space, No One Can Hear You Breathe
Thor: Ragnarok was the first movie that took Thor into space. Avengers: Infinity War doubled the amount of time that Thor spent going around galaxy-trotting. Space has simultaneously frightened and fascinated me. The first movie I saw that dealt with space travel and the like was 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that moment where Frank Poole gets tumbled out into the vacuum of space terrified me. He was completely helpless when he got untethered from his ship. He drifted away, and even though he did not perish immediately, you knew that he would run out of air eventually.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the movie starts out with the space ship Thor is on exploding, casting him out into the nothingness of space. I feared for a single moment that he would not survive the explosion, but this is Thor we're talking about, and he's been hiding a bunch of super powers up his sleeve. Apparently, Thor does not have to worry about such paltry concerns as breathing. In Infinity War, he demonstrates this by surviving the explosion and the coldness of space until the Guardians of the Galaxy fly along in their ship and pick him up. In the comic books, Thor is often shown flying in space without any apparatus necessary for assisting in his respiration.
11 Cold Immunity
We only ever get the vaguest of glimpses at life in Asgard, so we never get a closer look at what makes up the daily life of the average Asgardian. Is there a postal service in Asgard that delivers people's mail and packages? Are there magic ravens who deliver things instead of people? And what would a hospital look like? Are the "doctors" of Asgardian society more like magical healers? Not that the Asgardians need doctors urgently. As an Asgardian, Thor has an immunity to most basic diseases that plague mortal humans. This immunity spares him from getting knocked down by the flu or something like that.
You know those horrible headaches you get when you have a cold, the ones that make you feel like you head is stuffed with putty? Thor never gets those since he probably has never gotten the common cold in his life. You know, the more of his powers I've unearthed, the more jealous I get of Thor, and of Asgardians in general, I suppose. No wonder ancient humans looked up to their kind as gods. They can use magic, they're super strong, and they can avoid getting a cold! That's three more things that they can do that we can't. Before you say anything, yes, I'm aware I'm getting jealous of fictional characters. What can I say? I just really hate getting colds.
10 Easily At Hand
Mjolnir is a pretty sick weapon. (I'm using the informal definition of "sick" here, the one that means insanely cool.) It's practically guaranteed that no one else can use it except for Thor, it's got a mean punch, and it can return to Thor's hand if he wills it to. The boomerang-esque quality of Mjolnir alone is enough to make it a super power in its own right. Something I have been wondering is why Thor is the only Asgardian that has such a special weapon. (I wonder this only when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor. The comic-book Thor and the Norse-mythology Thor both have explanations for why Mjolnir has found its way to their hands.)
Sif and the Warriors Three are all accomplished fighters themselves, but they do not have weapons of such power as Mjolnir in their possession. In fact, doesn't one of them only have a rapier to fight with?! I remember that guy! Fandral! His name is Fandral, and his chosen weapon is a rapier. Fat lot of good that rapier did him when he, Thor, and his friends went to Jotunheim to attack the Frost Giants. And his rapier didn't help him when Hela attacked Asgard either. Thor, as God of Thunder, mayhaps deserves a weapon like Mjolnir more than the average Asgardian. But then why doesn't Loki have a weapon of equal strength since he's the God of Mischief?
9 Invasion Of The Blake Snatchers
The Marvel Cinematic Universe very nicely took care of the problem that Donald Blake presents in the first Thor movie by simply making Blake an ex-boyfriend of Jane Foster's. In the comic books, the connection between Thor and Donald Blake is a bit more complicated. Remember how in the movie, Odin stripped Thor of his powers and sent him to Earth in order to get Thor to experience true humility? He does something similar in the comics. Odin creates the persona of Donald Blake and sends Thor to Earth as him, a slightly crippled doctor who treats patients less fortunate than himself.
Eventually, Odin allows Thor to regain his powers and makes it so that Thor can transform to Donald Blake and vice versa whenever he wants using Mjolnir. I used to think that Donald Blake and Thor were the same person, but it turns out they have separate identities. They are aware of each other and each other's wants, but they're not the same. That blew my mind when I first found out about that. The best I can compare their relationship to is Bruce Banner and the Hulk's relationship. However, unlike Bruce and the Hulk, the relationship between Blake and Thor is a lot more cordial since they have similar wants. They both want to help people in their respective fields.
8 Look Out For That Rebound
Mjolnir isn't just a crude tool that you swing around like a lunatic. It's a much more nuanced and refined tool than that. Actually, if we're being upfront with each other, I think its main function is to be swung around like a baseball bat. It's just an awesome side quality that you can do other things with it. If someone aims an attack at Thor and that attack is similar to an energy blast, Mjolnir can absorb the energy and then shoot it back at whoever sent it Thor's way in the first place. Who needs a wimpy shield to reflect back attacks? (Well, aside from Captain America.) All you really need is Mjolnir.
Mjolnir serves as an offensive and defensive weapon.
I don't think that Mjolnir does as well reflecting small projectiles the way Cap's shield does though. Still, when it comes to electrical attacks, no one can deal with that as well as Thor can. Mjolnir practically stores electricity within its blocky frame. I will feel such intense pity the day a villain like Electro decides to go up against Thor. Thor will wipe the floor with him. Mjolnir also does well against simple laser blasts as well. (If you're having problems picturing what a laser blast looks like, think of the eye blasts that the X-Man Cyclops shoots from his visor.)
7 Back To The Future
Thor does not only have amazing skills that rely on his muscles. He has a few amazing skills that rely on his brain too, namely his ability to see into the future. Granted, it was the Scarlet Witch who unlocked this ability for him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when she slipped into the minds of several of the Avengers and did something freaky to them. Iron Man saw a nightmare of what it would be like if all his teammates passed away, and Black Widow saw flashbacks from her troubled past. Thor, on the other hand, was able to see glimpses of the coming trials that Asgard would face.
They were horrifying to witness, but he sensed that what he saw was more truth than illusion. He dipped into his future-seeing abilities again when he visited that mystical pool, the Water of Sights. It was while he was there that he was able to see some of the events of Ragnarok and of the importance of creating the Vision with the Mind Stone. While everyone else who got messed with by the Scarlet Witch was traumatized by the event, Thor found himself actually utilizing it to his advantage. His father Odin has sometimes been credited with be all-knowing and all-seeing, so maybe Thor is inheriting some of that latent ability to foresee the future.
6 Arm Wrestling Champion
Just taking one look at Thor's impressive musculature can let you know that one of his super powers is superhuman strength. A lot of heroes have this ability. I'd even say that strength is one of those dime-a-dozen super powers. If you don't have some form of enhanced strength as a super hero, you have some tool that helps you out. Captain America has super strength. Black Panther has super strength. The Winter Soldier has super strength. For Tony Stark, the technology in his Iron Man suit boosts his strength. The same goes for War Machine and Falcon.
Thor's strength, however, is still impressive.
Captain America could probably outsmart someone as strong as the Hulk, but Thor is strong enough to out-punch someone like the Hulk. The Hulk is known for saying that he is the strongest one that ever was, and the madder he gets, the stronger he gets. Thor is still the only hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who has come close to beating the Hulk at his own game. That first time in the Avengers movies, when Thor and Hulk fought each other on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, everyone was thrilled by the idea of a fight between the two of them. The theater where I saw the premiere of The Avengers became filled with "Ohhhhhhs" at the prospect of that encounter. Out of all of the Avengers, Thor and the Hulk are the ones that most evenly match, strength-wise.
5 Watching Those Carbs
When I went to school, I knew exactly how to define the word "metabolism." Metabolism is the balance of chemical processes that take place within an organism that allows them to function correctly. Many people these days just take the word metabolism to mean how quickly their bodies take in and then break down food. Typically, those of a more athletic nature have a higher, or quicker, metabolism. With that in mind, it should not astonish you to find out that Thor has a very quick metabolism. He can take in large amounts of food and break it down internally into a form that gives him more energy at a rapid rate.
Since he's constantly working out by fighting and stuff, it makes sense that his metabolism would be high. I also think that being an Asgardian has something to do with it. A being that can channel the might of Thunder expends a lot of energy, so Thor's going to need to do a lot of munching if he's going to keep up with that expenditure. I feel like the Avengers don't eat nearly enough given how active their lifestyles are. They're saving the world, going on missions to outer space, defeating Goddesses of Death. If you ask me, Earth's Mightiest Heroes should be stopping for shawarma at the end of every movie, not just in a single end credits scene.
4 Static Shock
Did the Norse differentiate between thunder and lightning? Did the creators of Thor in the comic books know there was a difference between thunder and lightning? Thor is always called the God of Thunder, and yet, one of his main offensive maneuvers is to throw lightning bolts at people. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that thunder was the sound that accompanies a bolt of lightning. If Thor was to use thunder as an attack, he would clap his hands to make a loud noise or something like that. Instead, he uses lightning because lightning looks more cinematic.
Not only is wielding lightning one of Thor's powers, he can also conduct electricity with his own body. This is show in Thor: Ragnarok. We normally see Thor channeling electricity with Mjolnir, but near the beginning of Ragnarok, Hela, Goddess of Death, breaks Mjolnir right in front of Thor's eyes. Weaponless, Thor learns that he still has ability to command thunder and lightning all by his lonesome. Lightning crackles around his arms, and his eyes begin to glow an electric blue. Thor has grown wiser since we first saw him in Thor. But when we saw him hurling bolts from his hands, we knew for sure he had matured power-wise too.
3 Elderly Support
If Clark Kent is Superman's alter ego, then Donald Blake is Thor's alter ego. Unlike Superman, who has to dress up as Clark by hiding in phone booths or elevator shafts, Thor only has to lift up Mjolnir in order to transform into Donald Blake. But Thor isn't the only one who transforms when he does that. Mjolnir, his mighty hammer, turns into a cane whenever Thor changes into Blake. (It would look pretty weird if Doctor Donald Blake entered the hospital with the Mighty Mjolnir in his hand.) When Blake wishes to turn back into Thor, he taps his cane on the floor, and bam! The epic transformation takes place in reverse.
In the comics, if Donald Blake found himself without his cane for more than a minute, he would automatically change back into Thor. That's a pretty good safety measure for if anyone stole Mjolnir from him, but that means that Blake would have to have an iron grip on his cane nearly all the time. I don't mean to be crass, but what would happen if Blake really had to use the bathroom? I bet there were times when it did not take a single minute to empty his bowels, so Blake would not have been able to leave his cane unattended while he was in a stall. That would mean he would have to take the cane to the bathroom with him. I can only hope, since he was a doctor and all, that he knew to really disinfect that cane often.
2 Time Is On My Side
Who needs an Eye of Agamotto when you have Mjolnir? The Eye of Agamotto first appeared in Doctor Strange. It was a magical artifact that Doctor Stephen Strange picked up when he was learning to be a sorcerer. Using this artifact, Stephen was able to turn back time. A really cool display of the Eye's power was when Stephen used it to reverse his action of eating an apple. We got to see each bite that he had taken become undone, and the apple reform to its full shape.
In the comic books, Thor's hammer allowed him to go back in time as well.
Mjolnir gave Thor some time bending abilities. Understandably, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does not include this specific attribute of Mjolnir's. If it did, Thor would probably have used it at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War. Plus, the Time Stone, which is lodged in the center of the Eye of Agamotto, would not be as special. Even in the comic books, Mjolnir's ability to transport Thor back in time was removed. Lord Immortus, a villain, took that ability away from Mjolnir by having Thor use it and thus expend it on a vast task. So it was that the Avengers lost their ability to ring up their old buddy Thor to ask him if he could help them go back in time to fix their many mistakes.
1 Sweetest Ride Ever
I will go down on my knees and pray that we get to see one of Thor's coolest powers ever. Okay, okay, it's not exactly a power. But once you hear about it, you're going to agree with me. When Thor is not whizzing by using Mjolnir, or gently floating by when he's using the power of the wind to fly, he has a chariot that he can use to get around. This chariot is drawn by two magical goats. If reading about Thor's magical goats is not enough for you, hold on. It gets better. These goats are really large, (they look large enough to ride) and their names are Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. How cool is that?!
These goats are super powerful.
If they wanted to, they could put a dent in Mjolnir. These goats are actually based off of the goats that draw Thor's chariot in Norse Mythology. I highly doubt that we're going to see Toothgnasher or Toothgrinder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Asgard was destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok, so assuming the goats existed in the first place, I'm pretty sure they were there when it went down. (Unless Heimdall managed to rescue them too. Fingers crossed.) Still, there's nothing wrong with hoping that we'll get to see Thor riding to the rescue of the Avengers, his newly forged Stormbreaker in his hands and his trusty space goats pulling him forward into battle.