Avengers: Endgame hosted several mind-blowing events, including Captain America lifting the Mjolnir. While we now know that Steve Rogers was worth it, Marvel head Kevin Feige reveals why Cap couldn’t lift Thor’s hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
BY DAVID OPIE 29/04/2019
Note: Contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
In a film full of glorious fan service and cheer-worthy moments, there’s one scene in particular that left audiences even more excited than Spider-Man on the day he met Tony Stark.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
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During Endgame’s final act, the superhero trinity of Thor, Iron Man and Captain America face off against Thanos together. As the battle rages on, all hope seems lost until Cap suddenly wields Thor’s hammer (recovered from Asgard in 2013 before Hela destroyed it) against the Mad Titan, proving himself worthy of Mjölnir’s might.
Beyond the obvious wow factor of seeing another Avenger fight using Thor’s signature weapon, this moment was also significant because not many people can lift his hammer in the first place – and it’s not just because it’s heavy.
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Long ago, Odin placed an enchantment on Mjölnir so that only those who are worthy and pure of heart could pick it up, let alone swing it around and beat on someone like Thanos.
On the face of it, Captain America seems more worthy than most, so this moment might not have shocked casual moviegoers too much. However, long time Marvel fans will remember that Steve Rogers previously tried and failed to lift the hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Presumably then, the Star-Spangled Avenger was deemed unworthy, even though he’s wielded Mjölnir before in the comics.
Aside from Thor and Vision, Cap is now the only other hero who’s fought using this hammer in the MCU, but what’s changed since Age of Ultron? Hasn’t Steve Rogers always been one of the most heroic Avengers of all?ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
While a few redditors joked that Cap was no longer worthy because he often refuses to wear a helmet while riding his motorcycle, the general consensus leans towards a tad more serious explanation.
In Captain America: Civil War, we learned that Steve didn’t tell Tony that Bucky killed his parents because he wanted to protect both of his friends from the consequences of this act. The guilt that this deception caused could potentially be the reason why Cap wasn’t worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer. However, now that this secret is out in the open and the issues it created have been dealt with, this could mean that Captain America is now worthy after all.
The issue with this explanation is that Steve had the best of intentions when he withheld Bucky’s secret and surely the many, many heroic things he did before and since would have balanced this out somewhat?ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
Another possible explanation for Cap’s previous lack of worthiness was that his motivation during the Age of Ultron scene wasn’t pure. While Vision handed Thor his hammer to head out faster in the search for Ultron, Steve and the other Avengers were just trying to lift Mjölnir in a drunken display of strength.
That doesn’t quite ring true though either, which leads us to one final conclusion: Cap was worthy all along.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Joss Whedon was directly asked why Steve couldn’t lift Mjölnir. In response, the Age of Ultron director asked: “Did he fail? Or did he stop?”
During the original Mjölnir scene, it does look like the hammer moves a smidge when Cap tries to lift it, briefly alarming Thor in the process. However, Odin’s enchantment doesn’t work like that. Either the person in question is worthy enough to lift Mjölnir completely or they’re not. It’s an all or nothing deal, which therefore suggests that if Steve could move the hammer a bit, he could have easily lifted it all the way too.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
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So why would Cap pretend that he couldn’t lift Mjölnir?
While Endgamedoesn’t provide us with an answer to this, the most obvious explanation is that Steve just didn’t want to embarrass Thor. After all, the God of Thunder wasn’t exactly subtle with his reaction when it looked like he was no longer the only one worthy of the hammer’s might.
If that’s true, then this would also explain why Cap picked Mjölnir up in Endgame so readily without even the slightest hint of surprise. Surely, Steve would have been at least a little bit shocked if he didn’t already know he was worthy?
Whatever the answer might be, it was still hugely gratifying to see Steve Rogers prove himself after he and the other Avengers failed so miserably in Infinity War.
What remains to be seen now is whether Sam Wilson will prove himself to be equally worthy of Captain America’s mantle now that old man Steve has retired for good.
Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.
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