When does Captain America become ‘worthy’ of lifting Mjolnir? That’s the question we are debating in this news story today. The argument has certainly been made in the past that Cap has always been ‘worthy’ of lifting Mjolnir. In fact, several people who worked on the Marvel movies have been quoted on this in the past. Louis D’Esposito, an executive at Marvel Studios had previously said that Steve chose not to lift Mjolnir when he tried in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, Christopher Markus, who co-wrote Endgame, says that Cap wasn’t actually worthy yet at that point. Check out what he said at the Avengers: Endgame watch party courtesy of ComicBook.com below.
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020
For me, I always wondered if Steve could lift Mjolnir, same as every other fan. We debated, if, and when Cap would use Mjolnir in the MCU. One of the most common theories was that Cap would use Mjolnir to defeat Thanos. Whilst, that is kind of how things played out in Endgame, I loved that it still wasn’t enough to allow Cap a victory. But when exactly does Captain America become ‘worthy’? Was he always worthy as D’Esposito claimed, or did Cap have to reveal his secret knowledge before unburdening himself?
I guess for me, after watching Endgame, I felt like it happened across the course of that movie. Steve has initially accepted defeat at the hands of Thanos in Endgame, well, after the five-year gap. However, Steve is willing to put everything on the line to try and rectify that failure. Steve leads the group throughout Endgame, he focusses that team on their task. Steve also resolves his relationship with Tony somewhat after the pair came to blows in Civil War.
I think when Tony gives Steve back the shield, from that point he becomes Captain America again. Not to mention that Steve’s ‘need’ to lift Mjolnir was selfless, he was trying to save Thor’s life. Lastly, I feel like the point is driven home about how worthy Steve really is, just before his backup arrives. Steve knows he is about to die at the hands of Thanos, his shield is broken, as his much of his body. Yet, Steve stands, ready to face certain death, because he will never stop fighting while there is breath in his body.
I guess I am agreeing with Markus here? The events of Endgame itself make me believe Cap is worthy of Mjolnir. I don’t think it’s quite as romantic to think of the idea that Steve was always worthy. Character development and all that you know? But what do you think? When does Captain America become ‘worthy’ of lifting Mjolnir? Leave your thoughts in the usual place below.
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