Here's why Steve Rogers couldn't elevator Thor's hammer in Avengers: age of Ultron however Captain America might in Avengers: Endgame.

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By Mike Cecchini | April 28, 2020 | | comment count:0
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This article contains Avengers: Endgame spoilers. However you’ve viewed it. Everyone saw it.

There’s no shortage that memorable moment in Avengers: Endgame, however a guarantee audience favourite was the minute Captain America choose up Thor’s hammer and uses it come beat the absolute purple crap the end of Thanos. Why is this such a big deal? Well, for starters, the hammer in question, Mjolnir, deserve to only it is in wielded through those who are considered “worthy,” a small mystical insurance policy put on it by Thor’s dad, Odin. It’s nice cool to watch the Avenger who is the pure of heart officially deemed “worthy” that the weapon that a god.

But it’s additionally a fun callback to very early scene in Avengers: age of Ultron, where, after ~ an night of drinking, various Avengers conference to try (and fail) to lift Mjolnir when Thor has a great laugh. Yet when Steve Rogers tries…you mmmmight simply see Mjolnir budge, a tiny something that Thor notes through some surprise.

“I’d speak he’s not completely worthy yet,” Christopher Markus composed on Twitter throughout a wide-ranging Avengers: Endgame watchalong and also Q&A for ComicBook. “He still has the an enig of Tony’s parents’ death to resolve.”

That secret, that course, pertained to a head with Tony and also Steve’s confrontation in Captain America: civil War, because it turns out that Bucky Barnes (during his dark duration as a manipulated and brainwashed foe agent) was responsible because that the deaths that Howard and also Maria Stark.

Of course, this contradicts something that Civil War and Endgame co-director Anthony Russo said last year. “In our heads he was able to wield it, and he didn’t know that until that minute in Ultron when he tried to choose it up” Russo said the Happy Sad Confused podcast in 2019. “But Cap’s feeling of character and his sense of humility, kind of the end of deference come Thor’s ego, you recognize Cap in that moment realizing he have the right to move the hammer decides not to.”

So, it seems that the directors and writers that Avengers: Endgame can’t decision on Steve’s relative worthiness in relationship to Thor’s hammer. Of course, the person who would certainly really have the ability to answer that question is Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed Avengers: period of Ultron. He’ll need to be the tiebreaker in this one.

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“Being worthy but pretending not to so as not to hurt his buddy’s feelings” sure feels prefer Steve Rogers behavior, though. And also it offers Thor’s joyful “I knew it!” in Endgame once he sees lid holding Mjolnir a tiny bit more weight.