Thor’s MCU story finale may have been signaled by his forgotten Ragnarok power. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s ability to harness the power of lightning would be an ideal indicator of a triumphant end to his MCU journey. Thor’s MCU character arc has focused on his worthiness throughout his appearances.
Thor’s development has gone from believing he was the rightful heir to the Asgardian throne to losing everything and eventually overcoming defeat. Thor should have regained most of his lost self-esteem by the time of Thor: Love and Thunder. But there may be many more lessons to learn before Thor truly becomes the god of thunder.
In the wake of Thor: Ragnarok, Mjolnir’s power has diminished significantly. As Odin helped Thor realize that his power came from within, Hela demolished Thor’s hammer with ease. In order to prove just how powerful he is, Thor harnessed lightning and cut through Hela’s soldiers like a knife through hot butter.
Asgard was destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War and Thanos appeared to set Thor back, as he devoted all of his energy to forging Stormbreaker at Nidavellir in preparation for facing the Mad Titan. A decapitated Thanos in the Avengers: Endgame finale had a greater impact on Thor’s mental state because of his guilt over failing to kill the villain. The villain’s time-displaced variant, however, was largely unscathed by Thor’s efforts.
In Thor: Love and Thunder, it appears as though Thor has overcome his addictions to food and alcohol, but he still appears to rely on Stormbreaker in order to properly channel his power. When Thor and Gorr, the God Butcher, go toe-to-toe, this crutch is a great way to keep the fight level and prove that Thor didn’t forget about his pain overnight.
Thor’s new physique, clean hair, and shiny new armor may make him appear healthier, but the effects of the Infinity Saga may still be affecting him. He eventually has to face his insecurities, and the best sign that he has finally come to terms with his past is seeing him once again wield lightning without the aid of a weapon.
The sight of a mended Mjolnir could serve as a reminder to Thor of his tendency to rely on weapons. The broken pieces of Mjolnir will somehow bind together and grant Jane Foster the power of Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is currently in production.
There is still a long way to go for Thor, just as there was for Steve Rogers when his ex-girlfriend owned the hammer, the armor, and the helmet he once prided himself on. To put it another way: Unlike the original Captain America, Thor’s conclusion could be his transformation into the fully-fledged God of Thunder and finally mastering lightning without the use of any weapon to do so.
Thor’s MCU story finale, whether it’s a final sacrifice or a peaceful retirement for Valhalla, is still a long way off. For the time being, Love and Thunder depicts an Asgardian hero who does not make full use of his superhuman abilities. Even so, what he showed off in Thor: Ragnarok’s final battle was only a glimpse of what he could become.