How The Wielder of Mjolnir Gets Access to the Power of Thor?
Being able to lift Mjolnir is a trait that makes Thor extremely special. But his specialty has actually been shared by almost 20 Marvel characters in the comics and movies altogether. And that means, almost all of those characters actually got access to the power of Thor. Some people lifted it in the What if…? comic series, some did it in the main continuity. We saw Cap & Vision do it in the MCU, and you wouldn’t believe that even Wonder Woman lifted Mjolnir in the Marvel vs. DC crossover event back in 1996.
According to Odin’s enchantment, people who are deemed worthy of wielding Mjolnir can possess the power of Thor. Here’s how the enchantment goes:
“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
As we saw in Avengers: Endgame, Captain America was able to summon Thor’s thunder. His strength may have also increased with the hammer. We didn’t really get a lot of time with Cap after he held the hammer or else we may have even see him fly using Mjolnir. But how exactly did he get Thor’s power? We know that there’s an enchantment and all, but what’s the science behind Thor’s power getting transferred to another individual? Does Mjolnir take a bit of power Thor and give it to the wielder? Does Thor become a bit weaker if his power is shared?
We’ve seen Shazam share his powers with his family of foster siblings in the DCEU & the comics. Is that what happens with Thor? Well, that isn’t actually the case. The MCU has not hinted at this in any way, and neither have the comics. Mjolnir does take Thor’s power and gives it to the individual who wields the hammer, but it isn’t Thor who is sharing his power. His strength doesn’t originate from Mjolnir. It comes from within as he was born with his powers. So, someone else holding the hammer won’t take a bit of his powers away. His strength stays intact as he is the God of Thunder, not the God of Hammers.
Screen Rant explains that because Mjolnir helped Thor channel his thunder for over a millennium. In all this time, it has absorbed Thor’s immense powers & abilities. And so, whenever someone is deemed to be worthy (except Vision), Mjolnir grants him/her the power of Thor that it had absorbed and stored within. Over time, we’ve seen that Mjolnir actually has a consciousness and a sense of judgement of its own. That’s why, it decides how much power, and what kind of power is to be granted to a particular wielder of Mjolnir. For instance, Captain America most likely got all of Mjolnir’s powers. That’s why he might have even become immortal, despite aging like a normal human.
When Miguel O’Hara, the former Spider-Man of the year 2099 wielded Mjolnir, he didn’t get Thor’s mighty strength. But what he did acquire is Thor’s immortality. Like Steve Rogers, Miguel’s body did age, but he still led humanity to its brighter future for the next 1000 years. Now let’s see how Mjolnir returns in Thor: Love and Thunder so Jane Foster could prove her worthiness. It will also be interesting to see whether Jane gets the same set of powers as Thor, or is Mjolnir going to grant her powers that are less mightier than Thor himself.
Black Widow will supposedly kick off the future slate on November 6, but it could also be The Falcon and The Winter Soldier that could begin Phase 4 in August 2020. WandaVision will arrive in December 2020 or early 2021. The Eternals will release on February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 7, 2021, Loki sometime in 2021, What If…? In Summer 2021, Spider-Man 3 on November 5, 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, 2022, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will end Phase 4 on March 25, 2022. Following these are Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk in 2022. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022 and it will begin Phase 5. Captain Marvel 2 will be the last movie of the year as it arrives on June 8, 2022.