Marvel Theory: Thor’s Hammer

It’s Theory Day again! (By the way, if you have any theories you want me to discuss, tell me because I am running out of them). Also, as always, this post will contain spoilers from Avengers: Endgame, so if you haven’t seen that, then don’t read this!

In the final battle scene at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos has Thor on the ground, ready to stab and kill him. Captain America, in his desperation, somehow summons Thor’s hammer, thus claiming the Thunder god’s power for himself. This act of bravery helps Captain America pummel Thanos, briefly taking the mad Titan’s attention off of Thor.


This action, while seeming to be so simple, was probably, to me, the highlight of the entire movie. After all, the only glimpse we saw of this ability was when he budged the hammer during Avengers: Age of Ultron. 


After all, the Avengers try to lift Mjolnir, Cap walks over and yanks on it, managing to both slightly budge the hammer and wipe the smug grin off of Thor’s face. This scene hinted at the possibility of Cap’s ability to lift Mjolnir but didn’t give us any real indication. Now, after watching Avengers: Endgame, we fans feel intensely satisfied in the scene. Well, most of us, that is. Some annoying fans started asking How? There are two theories, both found here.

The first theory says that Captain America while being the most worthy of all the Avengers (except Thor), still wasn’t quite worthy enough. However, after confessing to Tony Stark that Bucky killed Stark’s parents, Cap would have finally cleansed his soul enough to prove himself worthy to the hammer. This act of confession would have “bumped him up a notch” on the “worthiness scale”, allowing him to finally lift Mjolnir during that pivotal moment in Endgame. 

The other theory sounds a little better to me. This one states that Captain America was worth the entire time, but during the lifting competition of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cap, being the nice guy he is, saw Thor’s face and knew that the god of Thunder would be absolutely crushed if someone else could lift his hammer. So, even though Cap had felt the hammer and knew he was able to lift it, he decided to let Thor keep what shred of dignity he still had, and instead decided to barely budge it. This wiped the arrogant smile off Thor’s face but still allowed him to keep his claim to the throne of Asgard. After all, that’s what the stakes were: anyone who could lift the hammer would be worthy of the throne.

Personally, I prefer the second theory, for it certainly highlights Captain America’s selflessness and humility in choosing not to show off. However, because there is no confirmation to either theory, I leave it up to you. Which theory do you believe is correct?

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5 thoughts on “Marvel Theory: Thor’s Hammer

  1. Naomi McMahan

    I’m not sure which (if either) theory I agree with. I personally thought it was a little over the top when Cap summoned Thor’s hammer. It reminded me of the moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when Leia is floating out in space, and she uses the Force to get herself back to the ship. This annoyed me, first, because we had NEVER seen her use any Force abilities in the movies, other than being vaguely aware of her brother’s feelings, and second, because she didn’t take anyone else with her. I mean, really, couldn’t she have at least saved Admiral Ackbar?
    Anyway, when Cap gets the hammer, I was like, “Really?”. Even though he saved Thor, stood alone against Thanos and his entire army, and did an alright job of making up for his beard in the last movie, the whole thing seemed almost fake to me. Like, I don’t think Cap could REALLY pick up Thor’s hammer, it seems more like a glitch that the directors now have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
    On the other hand, the thing that made Thor worthy was that he sacrificed his life for everyone else in the town. After Loki killed him, that’s when his power and the hammer were restored to him. In Cap’s first movie, he did the exact same thing; crashed the plane full of bombs into the ice, ‘killing’ himself to save everyone else. So, Cap is at LEAST on the same level of worthiness as Thor, maybe even more, because he’s polite. So, in that case, it would seem that the 2nd theory is closer to home, saying that Cap had the power to life it all along.
    BUT, I still don’t believe that, for some reason. I don’t think he was faking. I guess he just hadn’t reached the place inside himself where he really NEEDED to life the hammer yet. But because of Thanos in Endgame, he finally got there.


  2. Huh. Very interesting! Honestly, that was one of the best scenes ever. I just started shaking my Mom’s arm and I laughed, I just laughed. 😂 *commence slow clap* 😎 I like both theories. But I’m favoring #2 as well.

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