in , , ,

Why Captain America Wasn’t Worthy of Mjolnir in Age of Ultron

ultron thor and captain america with mjolnir

Captain America or Steve Rogers is one of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who is loved by many. He often struggles to maintain his ideals and remains a highly respected figure both with the American public and in the superhero community, which includes becoming the long-time leader of the Avengers. There was a time when captain America was not deemed worthy of something and that something was Mojlnir, the most powerful weapon of God of Thunder.

Captain America
Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers

Why Captain America was not worthy of Mjolnir?

Mjolnir is the hammer of the thunder god Thor in Norse mythology. It can not only be used as a devastating weapon but as a divine instrument to provide blessings too. We can say that Mojlnir is not just a weapon rather it has its conscience and decides who is worthy of wielding it and who is not.

Captain America
Captain America wielding Mjolnir in Avengers: Endgame

Read also: Marvel Finally Addresses Age-Old Captain America Question in New She-Hulk Clip

In a scene of Avengers: Endgame, we see Thanos pinning Thor against a rock, and all hope seems lost for the God of Thunder but the next moment Steve Rogers picks up and wields Mjolnir, proving that he is worthy as Captain America.

But in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is a scene where the Avengers challenge each other to pick up Mjolnir. Thor was convinced that none of them was able to do it and it happens so too until Steve Rogers was able to lift it a little.

Now when Captain America was only able to lift it a little in Age of Ultron, he was able to wield Mjolnir in Endgame leaving us with a question of whether Mojlnir didn’t consider him worthy at that time or it was just an act put on by him?

Related article: Chris Evans Reportedly Returning to MCU – Will He Steal Sam Wilson’s Thunder in Captain America 4?

According to the directors of Avengers: Endgame Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America was always worthy of lifting Mjolnir. But decides not to do it so as not to hurt The god of thunder’s ego.

“In our heads, he was able to wield it. He didn’t know that until that moment in Ultron when he tried to pick it up. But Cap’s sense of character and humility and, out of deference to Thor’s ego, Cap at that moment realizing he can move the hammer, decides not to”.

Thor’s follow-up line of “I knew it” to the moment in which Captain America easily wields Mjolnir in Avengers: Endgame is proof enough that Thor also knew all along about Captain America is worthy of wielding it.

Captain America
Captain America/ Steve Rogers lifting Mjolnir in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Read also: Chris Evans Reveals He Needs ‘Near-Perfect Recipe’ for His Return as Captain America

But some fans don’t like this explanation rather they have a more in-depth explanation for this. They have theorized that Steve Rogers already knew that his friend Bucky Barnes was the one who killed Iron Man’s parents and tried to hide that from Stark. The hammer moved slightly to hint that he was worthy in character but was not worthy to lift it at that moment.

But when the truth eventually came to light in Avengers: civil war, the burden of a such lie was lifted from Captain America and he was again deemed worthy enough by Mjolnir.

While Steve Rogers is a hero, he is also a human who has his ups and downs and isn’t perfect. He also makes mistakes and tries to correct them and learn from them. It becomes better when these imperfections get worked into the character throughout his journey. A version of Captain America who earns his worthiness is more interesting than a version that’s simply always worthy and perfect.

Avengers: Secret Wars will be in theatres on November 7, 2025.

Related article: Top 5 Redesigns Of Original Marvel Costumes

Source: CBR.COM

Written by Mansi Sharma