Thor: Ragnarok Theory: Hela Destroyed a Fake Mjolnir
When we think of Jane Foster’s transformation into the Mighty Thor, all that comes to our minds is how exactly will Taika Waititi bring Mjolnir into the story so Jane could prove herself worthy. There have been plenty of theories that have tried to solve this dilemma. One of them states that Eitri already forged a new Mjolnir along with the Stormbreaker. Another theory suggests that the Jane Foster we will see in Thor: Love and Thunder will actually be from the Multiverse and she’d already be Thor. Now, a new theory takes an idea from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7, stating that the Mjolnir that Hela wrecked in Thor: Ragnarok was indeed a fake.
Reddit user, u/TheMediocreCritic has posted his theory stating how Captain America actually managed to switch Thor’s hammer with a replica in the Ragnarok timeline. The Redditor talks about the importance of Cap returning the hammer back to Thor 2’s timeline in order to clip any branches that might have been created. He stresses that because Cap returned Mjolnir to where it was taken from in Endgame, it could now go on its natural path and ultimately be crushed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. But there’s a twist.
The Redditor states that after returning the hammer to Thor 2’s timeline, he somehow got his hands a replica, which he switched with the real one by traveling to Thor: Ragnarok’s timeline. Unfortunately, the Redditor doesn’t have a clear answer to how Cap will acquire a fake Mjolnir that doesn’t have an enchantment, but he candidly states that Cap might have got a new one forged by Eitri. This new hammer won’t have Odin’s worthiness spell, but it will still act like the original when Thor will call for it. And after acquiring the hammer, the theorist goes on to say that Cap will make a neat exchange sometime before Hela destroys it (maybe when Thor speaks to Strange find Odin, but this will come up with its own plot holes). This way, when Thor throws Mjolnir at Hela, she destroys a fake one, while the real one has been pulled out of the timeline by Cap.
Once Cap makes the switch, the Redditor suggests:
“Cap has kept the hammer for decades, until the events of Love and thunder. Cap preserves the timeline while still keeping the hammer. I believe this movie will start with old Cap giving the hammer to Thor or Jane foster. I imagine a scene with old Captain America saying,” I think this belongs to you “as he hands the real Mjolnir back.”
The Reddit user accepts the fact that it is a theory with many plot holes. Even I’d say that we’ll have to go through a whole lot of “suspension of disbelief” to use this theory and simply start off Thor: Love and Thunder with Mjolnir. But, this idea of plucking Mjolnir out of the timeline while preserving the timeline at the same time is quite ingenious. And, if Marvel pulls off something like this, we’d say that it won’t be the first time that they will do it.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7, Episode 4 – Out of the Past, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pull off a similar switch. In this episode the agents are momentarily sent to 1955, on the day when Daniel Sousa dies. In order to preserve the timeline, their mission was to let Sousa die the heroic death that he was supposed to. But ultimately, they switched Sousa, and let everyone believe that the real Daniel Sousa died. Instead, what happened was that they actually pulled the real Daniel Sousa out of the timeline and prevented any changes in the timeline as well. With Marvel’s time travel rules, this is a ploy that they could use for many other elements. Let’s see if it is used in future MCU films as well.
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