Thor’s powers are always an interesting topic to write about or talk about. The Asgardian God of Thunder has so many powers that each of them could be the topic of a couple of individual articles and that it why they are so fun. Yet, the MCU version of the character is somewhat different from the comic book version, which allows us to view its powers and abilities from an individual standpoint. And that is what we are going to do in today’s article, where we intend to discuss Thor’s flying abilities within the MCU.
While this question has not been definitively answered, we believe that Thor is able to fly without either the Stormbreaker or Mjolnir, as was exhibited in Thor: Ragnarok, but it may be that the weapons augment his flight abilities to a certain degree.
Today’s article is going to discuss Thor’s flying abilities within the MCU and whether he needs any weapons to do it or not.
Thor and flight
Thor is the son of Odin, the mighty All-Father and one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe. He is the Asgardian God of Thunder and is the carrier of the legendary hammer Mjolnir. Being designated as Odin’s “heir”, Thos has tested himself on numerous occasions by fighting strong enemies and doing dangerous tasks, just to prove his worth both to himself and to his father. He had a strong rivalry with his adoptive brother, Loki.
While being an important character in Marvel’s cosmic stories, Thor is also very important for Earth, which he regularly protects. While on Earth, he usually passes himself of as Donald Blake, M.D. Thor has had a relationship with human Jane Foster, who was depicted as Dr. Blake’s nurse in the comics; Jane Foster even became Thor at one point in the series. He is also a member of the Avengers and has saved Earth on numerous occasions.
In order to determine whether Thor can fly, we have to see what powers and abilities he possesses. Thor is a god and has a lot of the same powers his father, Odin, has, but he is still significantly weaker than him. He is superhuman in most aspects (strength, durability, intelligence, longevity, etc.) but is not immortal, as one might think based on his divine attributes and heritage. He is practically invulnerable, but he does age and, like all the other Asgardian gods, will eventually die; it’ll just take him longer than your average bear to do so. Thor also has access to a variety of unimaginable powers that stem from Asgard, the best-known being the powers of Mjolnir, the Stormbreaker, and the Odin Force. Thor can also use other forms of energy and blend with them, as he did with Power Cosmic. There’s also the forbidden Warrior’s Madness, which can turn Thor into an unstoppable beast, but also destroy his psyche, which is why it was banned by Odin.
In addition to all of that, Thor has – on a lot of occasions – demonstrated that he can fly, even without the use of his weapons. It seems that, in addition to all of the above mentioned powers, flight is also something that is inherent to him due to his divine, Asgardian nature. Thor’s flight is a proven thing in the comic books.
Can Thor fly in the MCU?
The question of whether Thor can fly is a bit more complex in the Marcel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as the situation is not that clear as it is in the comic books. Namely, throughout his appearances in the MCU, Thor has shown that he can fly, but the true nature of that ability is rather dubious, even after all of his appearances.
Initially, Thor was shown to not be a good flyer when without Mjolnir. With Mjolnir, he was shown to fly over the Rainbow Bridge, but at that point, it was quite obvious that the Hammer was Thor’s “vehicle”, i.e., that he was using the Hammer to fly. Without the Hammer in his possession, Thor was unable to fly and he was even seen using public transportation, along with other “civilians”.
In Thor: Ragnarok, we see Thor’s sister Hela breaking Mjolnir into peaces, leaving Thor – it seemed – without many of his abilities, including flight. But then, this happened:
After a talk with his father, Odin, Thor managed to awake his true powers and was able to use the lightning to fly. You may find opinions that this was just a long, Hulk-style jump, but seeing how the bridge Thor had to cross is exceptionally long, we doubt that the God of Thunder actually jumped. It just seems more likely and more realistic that he used his powers to fly, thereby proving that he can fly in the MCU, just as he can in the comic books, and that without the use of his hammer, Mjolnir.
Does Thor need the Stormbreaker or Mjolnir to fly in the MCU?
The question in this section seems a bit obsolete now that we have explained that Thor is, indeed, able to fly using solely his powers and not any of the weapons, but we still wanted to expand upon that answer separately.
Namely, after Mjolnir, Thor seemed to use his new weapon, the Stormbreaker, to fly, but we can state clearly that that was not the case and we have several pieces of evidence to confirm that.
First of all, the continuity is completely out of order. Thor has, as we have stated above, proven that he can fly in Thor: Ragnarok and the Stormbreaker was forged after these event, so it wouldn’t make sense for the producers to give Stormbreaker such an important role when Thor had already demonstrated that he could fly without it.
Secondly, the Stormbreaker in the MCU is quite different from the comic book version of the same weapon, something we have already written about. In the comic books, Odin was the one who had the Stormbreaker forged as a weapon for Beta Ray Bill and that version of the weapon had roughly the same powers as Mjolnir. In the MCU, Thor himself had the Stormbreaker forged sometime after Odin’s death and it was just a regular weapon in the MCU, meaning that it had no special powers that could help Thor fly.
Thirdly and finally, the movements Thor had while holding the Stormbreaker are way different from the ones he had while holding Mjolnir. While holding the latter, it was obvious that Thor used the hammer to fly, i.e., that the hammer carried him. With the Stormbreaker, it’s completely different, as it is evident that Thor is carrying the weapon and not vice versa.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!