Avengers: Endgame had many unexpected moments that were shocking and surprising, these moments include Captain America aka Steve Rogers able to wield Thor’s Hammer – Mjölnir. Now the first question that arises is, how is Captain America worthy? That is discussed in the article below. The other question will definitely be if he is worthy, why was he not able to lift the hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Both the questions will be answered in detail below, find out how How Captain America was able to lift Thor’s Hammer(Mjölnir)?
The enchanted spell on Mjölnir
It was Odin who cast a spell on the hammer in Thor (2011). Let’s revisit the enchantment.
Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.
This spell is very tricky to breakdown and hides many riddles that are hard to be answered. But the one thing that is clear in the spell that needed to be remembered is, the hammer is not restricted only to Odin’s son – Thor, it can be possessed by anyone who is worthy. Now two or more men can be worthy at the same time.
How worthiness is defined?
Worthiness can be judged by many things, but luckily we know what worthiness was meant to Odin in the movie Thor (2011). To him, worthy means self-sacrifice and let me justify my answer. When the hammer was struck down in New Mexico, Thor fought all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to wield the hammer, but unfortunately, he couldn’t lift it. That’s when a change occurred in his personality, he became self-less and less arrogant.
The next day, the town in New Mexico is met with a threat – The Destroyer, commanded by Loki to prevent Thor from reaching Asgard. In the process of destroying the whole town, which might harm the people around, Thor obstructs the big metal body. Now, this is very important here.
He then asks Loki through Destroyer to stop destroying things around and Kill Thor instead. A move to protect others by sacrificing oneself. Tear roles down Odin’s eyes and that’s when Thor gets his Hammer back. Point to remember her, Worthiness means self-sacrifice.
Captain America’s Worthiness
In the times of World War 2, Steve Rogers was fascinated to join the army and serve the country. Now his reason to join the army was not for fame, not for popularity, he wanted to join the army because he just wanted to serve and protect people, that’s it. Despite being interested, he was not eligible and got rejected multiple times, he kept on trying until one day, he was selected for a Super Soldier project.
At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, in order to save New York from Hydra’s bomb, he sacrificed himself and crashed the plane, to save millions. That was the self-sacrifice, Odin was looking to be worthy.
Now, that means Captain America is more than worthy and can wield Thor’s hammer, but…
Why Steve Rogers was not able to lift Mjölnir in Age of Ultron?
The answer to his is very much related to Bucky aka Winter Soldier. Captain America has a dirty little secret which he learned from Zola’s slideshow presentation, that Bucky was the one who murdered Tony’s parents; Howard Stark and Maria Stark. Steve Rogers knew that and yet he kept it from Tony Stark in action to protect his friend Bucky Barnes, you and I would have done the same to our friends, but this resulted in Captain America not being worthy enough, in spite of all the sacrifices he made.
And that’s how Captain America was able to lift Thor’s Hammer(Mjölnir)?
Well, after the Civil War, Iron Man knew, Cap’s secret and Steve Rogers was no more holding onto anything. he was worthy enough and Thor somehow was able to predict it. Not only did Captain America wield the hammer, but he also gained the powers of Thor, all the lighting, thunder, and stuff. If was very much exciting and eye opener for audience all around the globe. For those who were in touch with Marvel Cinematic Universe right from the beginning knew the magnitude of the scene.
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