MCU: 15 Times Thor Was The Smartest Person In The Room
There are some who may suggest that Thor is not the smartest hero in the MCU. It’s true that he may rely more on his muscles than his mind in most cases, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some very clever moments. In fact, sometimes he outshines everyone around him. He continues to show his intelligence in his latest adventure Thor: Love and Thunder.
When swinging his hammer doesn’t work, there are times when Thor must outwit his enemies, including his mischievous brother Loki. And there are other times when his strategy to save the day is surprisingly smarter than what his fellow Avengers can come up with.
Make Valkyrie King (Avengers: Endgame)
Despite the original opening of Thor with Thor excited as the new king of Asgard, his journey in the MCU has shown that it’s not a position he’s ever been comfortable with. After hearing that he failed his people, he once again abdicates the throne Avengers: Endgame.
But he’s also smart enough to realize who would make the perfect ruler for the Asgardians. He passes the throne to Valkyrie, who has already proven herself to be a skilled warrior and someone who cares for her people even when Thor couldn’t.
Using the axis to see (Thor: Love And Thunder)
When Thor returns to Asgard Thor: Love and Thunder, he finds that he’s actually in pretty good shape without it. Valkyrie is an effective ruler and Jane Foster has taken up the mantle as Mighty Thor. But when Gorr attacks and captures a number of Asgardian children, Thor proves that he is still useful to his people.
With Heimdall’s son Axle in the group of captured children, Thor realizes that he can get the boy to use his magical sight to help Thor figure out where they are so he can rescue them.
Facing Zeus (Thor: Love and Thunder)
Thor: Love and Thunder introduces several new gods to the MCU, including the most famous of all, Zeus. When Gorr takes aim at several gods, Thor decides to bring the matter to a meeting of the gods and get them to help him.
However, to Thor’s disappointment, Zeus and the others do not take the threat seriously. There are many times when Thor shows his immaturity, but this moment shows that he could be one of the most competent gods in the MCU.
Giving his power to the Asgardian children (Thor: Love and Thunder)
Thor is able to track down the captured Asgardian children, but realizes that he needs help if he is to stop Gorr from wiping out all the gods. Having faith in his fellow Asgardians, Thor decides to temporarily empower the children with his own powers.
Seeing these little kids suddenly folded with the power of thunder is an epic moment that helps even the odds against Gorr and his beast minions. It’s a bit of quick thinking on Thor’s part that helps save the day.
Influence Gorr’s desire
Despite Thor, Jane, and the Asgardian children putting up a solid fight, Gorr is able to reach Eternity, the cosmic entity that will grant a wish to any being who reaches it first. Although Gorr’s original plan is to wish all the gods dead, Thor helps him see another way.
Gorr wants revenge on the gods for allowing his daughter to die, but Thor reminds Gorr that he may wish to have her back. It’s a moment of compassion that breaks through Gorr’s hatred and reminds him of what’s important to him above all else.
Tricking Malekith with Loki (Thor: The Dark World)
Thor and Loki don’t always see eye to eye and Loki has made Thor look pretty stupid on many occasions. However, Thor is smart enough to make good use of Loki’s deception when facing off with Malekith.
The brothers come up with a plan to pretend that Loki betrays Thor, which is pretty believable. And when Malekith’s guard is down, Thor fires the Aether to destroy the villain’s weapon. Unfortunately, they underestimate how durable the Aether is, but it’s a good plan.
The Avengers Try To Lift Mjolnir (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
As the Avengers gather to celebrate a recent victory, the conversation quickly turns to Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. While it is said that only the worthy can lift the hammer, the other Marvel heroes are starting to think they have what it takes.
Thor gets to sit in complete arrogance as his colleagues try and fail, one after the other. And although he has a brief moment of panic when Steve Rogers seems to move him slightly, the god of thunder is able to show them all by easily picking up and swinging the hammer.
At odds with Odin (Thor: The Dark World)
Thor’s father, Odin, can be a harsh father at times, even going so far as to banish Thor to Earth. Although Thor comes to respect his father’s rule as king of Asgard, they clash when it comes to the Dark Elves’ attack on their kingdom.
Odin stubbornly insists that they defend the city from future attacks, while Thor believes that he puts the people of Asgard in too much danger. Although Thor’s plan to bring the Aether to Malekith doesn’t go according to plan, it works to get him out of Asgard and keep his people safe.
Bringing the Vision to Life (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
After Tony Stark accidentally brings Ultron to life and threatens the world, the other heroes are understandably skeptical when he wants to create another super android with Vision. As the other heroes debate whether it’s the right move, Thor makes the choice for them, filling Vision with illumination and bringing him to life.
Although it seems like a reckless decision, Thor decides that his own view on the Infinity Stones means that having an ally who controls the Mind Stone puts them at an advantage. And since Vision turns out to be a key hero, it was a wise choice.
Trick Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok)
Before becoming one of Thor’s best friends, Valkyrie doesn’t think much of the God of Thunder when they first meet. It actually captures him and puts an “obedient disc” on him to keep him online. While this puts Thor at a disadvantage, it shows him that he is smarter than he appears.
After trying to convince Valkyrie to help Thor escape, she refuses. However, it turns out that Thor was just using their conversation as an excuse to steal the obedience disk away from her and break free. It’s a pretty sneaky move for such a big guy.
Fighting Loki on the Rainbow Bridge (Thor)
At the end of the first Thor movie, the rivalry between the brothers Thor and Loki turns them into enemies. This causes the brothers to fight each other on the Rainbow Bridge which Loki tries to use to destroy the Ice Giants’ homeworld.
While Loki is able to trick Thor with his magic, Thor uses both his strength and intelligence to win. After sticking Loki with Mjolnir, destroy the Rainbow Bridge to prevent more. For all his schemes, Loki is still unable to predict that his brother will.
Stop Surtur from Ragnarok (Thor: Ragnarok)
Thor: Ragnarok opens with Thor being held captive by the fire demon Surtur who claims he will bring about Ragnarok, the end of Asgard. As it turns out, even though Thor appears to be a prisoner, this was actually his plan all along.
After allowing Surtur to explain his plan, Thor breaks free and easily defeats him, taking his power as well. While it’s another display of Thor’s superior fighting skills, it also shows that he can be a great trickster.
Find out how to defeat Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
Considering how powerful he is, it’s pretty surprising when Thor runs into a villain more powerful than himself. This is the case with Hela earning her title as Goddess of Death. To make her even more formidable, she draws her power from Asgard, becoming stronger the longer she is there.
After a brutal battle, Thor sees that he is not strong enough to defeat her. But then she realizes that she is only powerful as long as Asgard stands. He decides to free Surtur and destroy Asgard which destroys Hela at the same time.
Realizing Odin Is Loki in Disguise (Thor: Ragnarok)
Perhaps the greatest of Loki’s many betrayals was faking his own death and impersonating Odin in Thor: The Dark World. When Thor returns to Asgard Thor: RagnarokLoki is still pretending to be the king and seems to be fooling everyone else in the kingdom.
Although the people of Asgard seem to be intelligent enough, Thor establishes himself as the only one who can see through this ploy. He immediately knows what Loki is up to and quickly forces him to reveal himself.
Loki’s Betrayal Prediction (Thor: Ragnarok)
There are so many instances where Loki betrayed people in the MCU that even Thor is mocked for falling for it so many times. However, for Thor: RagnarokLoki’s tricks are more predictable and Thor has become much wiser to them.
Thor accepts Loki’s help in escaping Sakaar only for Loki to decide to hand Thor over to the Grandmaster. But Thor sees this betrayal coming and had previously planted a disc of obedience to Loki. It’s one of the few times Thor seems like the smarter brother.
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