In Thor: Ragnarok, we have a lot of incongruity among what can kill Thor, what cannot, and what merely injures him.

Obviously he can take an immense beating.


- We have Hela threatening to kill him.

- We have Hulk throwing him around like a rag doll
- He falls from hundreds of feet in the air.
- He is crushed by all of Hulk's weigh. Etc.

Yet on the other hand, we have

several remarks by Thor about getting killed. In particular, at one point Hulk throws a shield towards him in their quarters and he says something along the lines of "That could have killed me!"

In addition,

he is susceptible to what appear to be electricity-based obedience tags. (Isn't he the god of thunder?)

I get that a lot of it's played for action or comedic value, but

Is there any consistent story in the MCU about what can kill/injure Thor and what cannot?

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    To be fair, the Hulk beat the living crap out of Thor, and he woke up having been healed by medics of some sort. It's not unreasonable to think that he may have been killed if the fight had gone on longer.
    – phantom42
    Nov 6, 2017 at 17:13
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    The kind of damage he took would be instant death for any mere human, but he gets up and keeps fighting. I don't think you can give the medics any credit here. Nov 6, 2017 at 17:57
  • Same for when he beat the everloving $!@# out of Loki.
    – JohnP
    Nov 6, 2017 at 18:10
  • thor though as loki have (as asgardians) way stonger skin,.... and thus all survive quite a beating by human standards ;)
    – Thomas
    Nov 6, 2017 at 18:28
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    @Valorum -- well! -- if that's true, then that needs to get into an answer Nov 15, 2017 at 18:22

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"They seem to think us immortal. Shall we test that?" - Loki Laufeyson (The Avengers)

Right before Loki sends Thor plummeting towards the ground while in the containment unit meant for the Hulk, the look on both Thor and Loki's face indicates that if Thor had not gotten out when he did, he would have died. He can therefore obviously be harmed by excessive amounts of force.

That said, Thor comes from the Allfather bloodline, so he is naturally more powerful and can take more of a beating than other Asgardians. Asgardians also do heal faster than humans, but Hela killed several Asgardian soldiers, so I think he can be killed by Gods/Godesses/other beings with battle skills on par with his, provided he isn't healed, given a chance to recover, or damaged beyond recovery.

  • Can you also give sources for "Asgardians heal faster than humans", please? Jan 11, 2018 at 14:49
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    'Even though they can survive tremendous amounts of superhuman physical punishment more than a normal human being, they can be hurt or damaged. That is when their advanced regenerative abilities take over. It enables them to heal much faster than an normal human being.' from marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/Asgardians
    – user94980
    Jan 11, 2018 at 14:56
  • @Kat: Wikis are not primary sources Nov 30, 2018 at 21:14

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