Thor is one of the last original Avergens actively present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his last film, Thor: Love and Thunder, we see him stronger than ever. Short hair, eyes filled with thunder, and Stormbreaker in his hand, looks like there is nothing that can stop him. Well, all of that means nothing if we don’t know how much Thor can lift.
Thor can lift well over 100 tons with no difficulty, he is in the so-called Class-100 strength category. This means he is in the same strength category as the Hulk, but we have seen in Thor: Ragnarok that Thor can catapult the Hulk to the other side of the room with ease. And there are many more instances in the comics suggesting he is much stronger.
Thor’s strength transcends metrics we have, but are a few interesting situations where we can speculate how much he lifted, for example, planets and even realms! This article will teach you some new metrics you never even heard of. Also, have you ever wondered how many kettlebell swings can Thor do? Well, we have the answer.
How Much Can Thor Lift?
First, let’s start with some assumptions that helped us come to the conclusion that Thor can lift over 100 tons with no difficulty. For example, when he struck the Hulk, his blow was so strong it shook Manhattan and many areas miles beyond the city. And only three blows from Thor managed to damage and beat the Hulk so much, that he broke his ribs, and jaw and punctured his lung! The Hulk is almost 2.5 m tall and weighs around 600 kg. In comic Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #26 we can see Thor moving Galactus through an enormous portal. And, just to refresh your memory Galactus is one of the biggest, baddest, antagonists in MCU and it is estimated he is at least 18 tons and he is over 10 meters tall.
Next, in Thor: Man of War #1 comic Thor shattered the root of Yggdrasil, which spans space-time and connects the Ten Realms. Let’s put that in number. So, the Ten Realms are comparable to ten universes, with a quick google we find out, that one universe contains on average two trillion galaxies.
One galaxy equals 100 billion stars and 100 billion planets, and because some bodies are different masses we aren’t going to count asteroids and etc. The weight of one planet on average is 7×1021 tons and of the sun on average 2.2×1026 tons. In the end, it gives a number of 4 sexdecillion. To me, that sounds like a made-up word, but it stands for 4 million times quadrillion times quadrillion times quadrillion tons. That is crazy, but this is just an estimate and has to be taken with a grain of salt. That is why we are putting the number at 100 tons as a more reliable answer, but it is still fun to learn some new math.
And some quick examples from the comics to paint a better picture. The god of Thunder was able to lift a sky scrapper, crack a Celestial’s skull, knock out the Phoenix Force, and also knocked out Namor just to name a few. And he fought successfully some of the most powerful creatures like the Midgard Serpent, the Silver Surfer, the Abomination, Red Hulk, Colossus, Gladiator, and Hercules. An impressive list!
Let’s Compare His Strength to Real Life records
Well, the first example isn’t a record. But the writers from Men’s Health did some interesting math and came up with the information on how well would he do in a human gym. In Thor: Ragnarok, there is a scene where Thor swings a giant normal metal hammer into the Hulk. He hits him so hard that he sends the Hulk flying the better part of a football field.
Okay, let’s do some guessing and math. The hammer was almost as big as Thor, with a lump the size of a block V-8 on the end and we can guess it’s comparable to a car engine, which makes it weight around 700 lbs. And we know Thor is the best, so let’s compare his swing to a Major League batter hitting a ball down the left field line. So, they use a 32-oz bat, let’s suggest that the god of Thunder’s 700 lbs. bat is equal to a big leaguer’s two- making him about 350 times stronger. We know that current and former major league ballplayers usually use around 10-pound kettlebells for their swing, so we can come to the conclusion, that he can do at least three or four sets of ten reps with a 3,500 lb. kettlebell. Not too shabby for a god.
So, Thor can lift 100 tons with ease. And does that compare to real-life super-strong people, the real superheroes? To put the number in a perspective easier, remember that a polar bear weighs about 500 kg. This year’s Strongman winner Tom Stoltman was able to do a deadlift with 430 kg! But, that is not the word record. Eddie Hall managed to do a deadlift with 500 kg in 2016. Basically, he deadlifted a polar bear. Hafpor Bjornsson, whose nickname is Thor, managed to set a world record in 2016, by throwing a weight of 25.4 kg over a 5.9m bar. And as we talked a lot about punching in this article.
Francis Ngannou has the strongest punch on planet Earth. His punch is the equivalent of 96 horsepower, this is like being hit by a Ford Escort as fast as the car can go. His punch is stronger than a kick from overhead with a 6 kg sledgehammer with full swing force. Well, all of this is no match for an Asgardian god, but still, all of these records are incredible and surreal achievements for humans.