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Thor: Love and Thunder’s cracked Mjolnir might be hiding something cooler

Although it feels like Mjolnir’s days of being important in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are over, Thor: Love and Thunder is to bring back the magic weapon and place it in the hands of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. During her brief appearance in the first trailer of the filmJane’s new armor and the ability to summon a reformed Mjolnir to her suggests that she will be titled “Thor” along with Chris Hemsworth’s Odinson, a concept explored in Marvels Mighty Thor Comics by author Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman.

Thor: Love and Thunder tells the story how the original Thor is roused from his adventurous but relatively chilled retirement by the arrival of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), an assassin on an intergalactic crusade to rid the universe of godlike aliens. Rather than relying on the Guardians of the Galaxy to deal with the God Butcher, Thor turns to his old allies, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who reigns as King of New Asgard, and Jane Foster, now known as Mighty Thor acts and swings the enchanted hammer. It’s unclear how much of Jane’s comic path is to Thor love and thunder will draw from it, but what stands out with her introduction in the trailer is how her Mjolnir appears to be sculpted from the fragments of the destroyed hammer Thor: Ragnarok.

Comics Mjolnir has been broken and put back together on many occasions, but MCU Jane’s new Mjolnir feels like a nod to that Marvel’s 2019 War of the Empires event and how Comics Jane ends up with a far more intriguing signature weapon than an engraved hammer.

Odinson and Mighty Thor discuss War Thor's hammer.

Odinson and Mighty Thor discuss War Thor’s hammer
Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson, Joe Sabino/Marvel

towards the end War of the Empires, Jane and Odinson were forced to face the berserker War Thor – an Æsir driven insane by the Mjolnir of another universe. Eventually, after the defeat of War Thor, Jane took his cursed weapon into battle herself, knowing that it was about to break, and when it finally broke she was helpless to stop the strange energies trapped inside from penetrating with it to connect her.

Until the end War of the Empires, Jane’s time as Thor was finally over, but her days as Mjolnir led her to believe she had more to offer the universe as a heroine. To that end, Jane became the newest Valkyrie— an official job title in the comics — and learned that War Thor’s hammer was indeed one of the many forms it could take Undrjarn, the all-weapon. During Jane’s tenure as Thor in the books, her ability to fling Mjolnir around in clever and complex ways is one of the many traits that set her apart from Odinson. As Jane transitions into her new Valkyrie identity, her Thor-era ingenuity with the hammer is translated into a much more expansive and resourceful fighting style, as Undrjarn is capable of becoming any type of weapon she can think of.

Unlike Jane’s Thor self, who sometimes struggled with Mjolnir forcing her to think and act like an Asgardian god, as a Valkyrie, she is portrayed as much more in touch with her typically human sensibilities. So far, Marvel hasn’t suggested whether love and thunder will delve into these newer elements of Jane’s lore, such as Undrjarn and the abilities she develops as a Valkyrie. But that would immediately make Jane Foster stand out love and thunderThe inevitable action sequences by and for the character may play a bigger role in the MCU going forward.

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Jane summarizes how War Thor’s Hammer turned out to be Undrjarn the All-Weapon
Ron Garney, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino/Marvel

Of course, the trajectories of Marvel’s comics and Marvel Studios’ films are radically different, and that seems unlikely Thor: Love and Thunderbrings back MCU Jane Foster just to show everyone how she decides to stop being Thor. That makes this Marvel’s fourth Thor movie, but love and thunderhas taken the trouble to advance the story of the Aesir in a compelling way. Jane Foster’s big screen debut as Mighty Thor will definitely help. But the question now is whether or not her return to the MCU is just a one-off thing Thor: Love and Thunder is just the beginning of her reign as Asgard’s newest defender.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8, 2022.

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