Thor: Love & Thunder comes to theaters February 18, 2022, with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster returning as the Mighty Thor, pulling from Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s 2015 run. In these comics, Jane takes over as the Goddess of Thunder, and shows that a mortal woman can be a better god than any Asgardian.
While Jane’s Mighty Thor is an excellent character for Love & Thunder, there are several other heroes and villains who can also wield Mjolnir. Here are some of the characters who can do so and who would make fun additions to the film.
The Loki from the main MCU timeline is dead; however, he has a self-titled show coming to Disney+, and it’s not uncommon for him to be resurrected. The God of Mischief could come back with the hammer since he’s sometimes worthy of it in the comics, as seen in Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s Loki: Agent of Asgard #8.
He’s even seen with it in Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s Thor #4. After Sif sends the hammer to Jotunheim in light of Thor’s horrific acts alongside Galactus, Loki is able to lift it. Based on the text, this could be due to the fact that what is considered “worthy” changes over time, and the Loki of the MCU has changed quite a bit.
Bor, Odin’s father, has already made an appearance in the MCU, leading the charge against the Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World. In the Thor #600, he is a major threat to Thor, who he blames for Odin’s death after Loki resurrects him, and even stops Mjolnir. If Bor were to join the MCU, his motive to avenge Odin would feel organic since Loki could be held responsible for Odin’s death.
While Volstagg was killed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, with the multiverse open in the MCU, he could come back and become his alter ego, The War Thor. This Thor is introduced in Aaron and Daughterman’s The Mighty Thor #20 when Volstagg picks up the Ultimate Mjolnir after Svartalfheim suffers greatly from the War of the Realms.
He transforms into a bloodthirsty Thor consumed by war, in contrast to his usual jolly self. With the events of the other timelines undefined in the MCU, a new Volstagg could’ve suffered similar trauma. He could go toe to toe with both Jane and Thor, and it would force Thor to confront one of the many loved ones he’s failed, something that’s weighed heavily on him since Ragnarok.
Roger “Red” Norvell, a documentary filmmaker, is a pawn in Odin and Loki’s separate plans. While he is corrupted by the power of Thor, he dies at Ragnarok, sparing Thor’s life. Odin later resurrects him and gives Red his own hammer. A human aspiring to be a god has yet to be done in the MCU, and the character could be an interesting foil for Jane, who is not corrupted by the God of Thunder’s power.
Beta Ray Bill has yet to make his MCU debut, but there is an Easter egg in Ragnarok of a sculpture of his head welded to the Grandmaster’s tower. He was also supposed to make a cameo in the film, but it was cut; however, he could fit into this later installment.
In the comics, after Surtur destroys Bill’s galaxy, his people elect him to guide them to a new home, which leads him to encounter Thor and take his hammer. While Bill no longer wields Mjolnir, he does carry Stormbreaker. With a refugee story that’s in line with one of Ragnarok‘s themes and ties to Thor’s current weapon, Bill would make an excellent addition to Love & Thunder.
Odin’s brother and one of Jane Foster’s main antagonists, Cul briefly lifts the hammer in Aaron and Daughterman’s Thor #7. Cul has constantly opposed Jane because she challenges Asgardian tradition, something that could be tackled in Love & Thunder. With New Asgard on Earth and run by Valkyrie, a non-royal, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cul objected.
Eric Masterson is a mortal friend of Thor’s who was gravely wounded, which led Thor to plead with Odin to merge their life forces together. While they share a body for some time, Thor was banished for killing Loki but Eric kept his powers.
With Thor on a journey of self discovery alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, Earth may be in need of a new Thor. Jane successfully fills this role in her run, but if there is room for more than one mortal Thor, the inexperienced yet good-hearted Eric would be an excellent choice.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love & Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. The film arrives in theaters on Feb. 18, 2022.
Jane Foster is the Mighty Thor in Thor: Love & Thunder, but there are several characters who could also hold Mjolnir.