Captain America was able to wield the Mjolnir in Avengers: Endgame. But how does he do that? What would it take to a person to lift the Divine Hammer?
The third act of Avengers: Endgame was easily the most fascinating action sequence in the entire MCU.
The Avengers Trinity faced off against Thanos at last. Steve Rogers has always been a rare character among these three heroes.
Tony Stark is a genius who by now is wearing his most powerful armor yet, while Thor is a literal god. Captain America may be a super-soldier, but his powers are lighter in comparison to his allies’ abilities.
And yet, to Thanos’ surprise, Captain America proves able to hold his own. He does this by picking up Mjolnir, proving himself worthy.
What follows is a spectacular fight, as Steve Rogers blends his own tactical insight with the power of the God of Thunder.
From that point on, Captain America becomes one of the Avengers’ heavy hitters, much to Thor’s delight.
It’s important to recall that Mjolnir was blessed with a double enchantment by the King of Asgard, Odin.
He said that only someone who is truly “worthy” can wield Mjolnir. So why was Captain America worthy?
How to be Worthy of Wielding the Mjolnir?
The theme of “worthiness” lies at the heart of the Thor trilogy.
In 2011’s Thor, the God of Thunder proved he was unworthy to take the throne of Asgard when he committed an act of war that would possibly lead to the deaths of millions.
His concern was for his own glory, for the thrill of battle, and not for the good of the Nine Realms. That’s why Odin stripped Thor of his powers and placed the worthiness enchantment upon Mjolnir.
By the end of the film, Thor had proved himself worthy when he was willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of those he loved.
This principle was extended in Thor: The Dark World when the Thor was again willing to stand as a champion for the entire Nine Realms.
The Realms saw Thor battle against Malekith and recognized him as a worthy king.
Therefore, the worthiness enchantment is tied to a person’s willingness to stand up for others – no matter the cost.
This is pretty much the same principle as the comics, where Mjolnir has been lifted by several other key figures in the past.
CAPTAIN AMERICA BECAME WORTHY TO WIELD MJOLNIR IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Avengers: Endgame confirms that Steve Rogers, too, is worthy. This is not surprising at all. Captain America’s entire life has been a demonstration of self-sacrificial heroism, even before he became a super-soldier.
Rogers was unwilling to sit the Second World War out, not because he sought glory and recognition, but because he desired to make a change.
At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers was even willing to give his own life to protect New York City from Hydra’s bombs.
Instead of dying, he awoke from cryogenic suspension 70 years later, and ever since he’s been on the front lines, battling to keep others safe.
In Avengers: Endgame, the stakes are higher than ever before, and Captain America is risking his own life to literally bring back half the lives in the universe – whatever it takes.
However, at the end of the movie, we all saw how Captain America retires and married the person he loves the most as he returned the infinity stones to their proper timeline.
We believe that’s the best ending that the MCU can give to the American hero who gave his life not just for his country, but for the whole universe. Salute to Captain Steve Rogers!