Thor is not the only character who has wielded the Mjolnir, and an Avenger has just added to the list of those who have been able to lift the hammer.
Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, is one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe. As the source of many of Thor's powers, Mjolnir is an enchanted Asgardian artifact that bestows the mighty power of the God of Thunder on anyone who is "worthy" enough to lift it.
Although most Avengers have superhero careers defined by service and self-sacrifice, only a handful of Thor's teammates have been able to lift the hammer. Now a new partner has proven worthy of him, albeit temporarily. So we take the opportunity to update the list of characters that have been able to raise the mighty Mjolnir.
Captain Marvel has become the latest hero to wield the mighty hammer of the god of thunder. As he fights the Kree leader, Vox supremeIn Captain Marvel # 16, Carol is doused with chemicals containing the DNA of five main Avengers members. One of those heroes is Thor, who is worthy of raising Mjolnir on a genetic level.
After getting drenched, Captain Marvel summons and wields the mighty hammer in battle against her opponent. But once Carol's body is purged of the chemicals, she loses the ability to use the hammer and falls to the ground until she can be retrieved by the original God of Thunder.
Captain America has proven himself worthy of the Mjolnir on several occasions, perhaps the most remembered will be in the epic final battle of Avengers: Endgame when he faces Thanos, where he was not only able to lift him, but also invoke him and use the powers of the god of thunder. , as Captain Marvel has been able to do in its last issue.
The first time Captain America was able to lift the Mjolnir was in the comics in 1988 when Cap abandoned his nation's colors for a time, calling himself simply El Capitan. On a visit to Thor, they are attacked by surprise by Seth the serpent god of death and his demons, who manage to defeat the god of thunder. Rogers manages to lift the Mjolnir and return it to its owner, balancing the battle.
Captain America was also able to lift the hammer on another occasion over a longer period in Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself mini-series. When Thor loses his weapon after a fight with Serpent, his uncle. The Mjolnir falls to Earth and just at the moment when they are in serious trouble, Steve picks it up to defeat Thor's uncle's henchmen, who had damaged his shield. Here we could see Cap invoking for the first time the powers of the god of thunder.
The Hulk has constantly tried to lift Thor's hammer, a character he has faced on more than one occasion. The one most remembered by MCU fans was in the Avengers movie. Where the green giant faces the god of thunder in Helicarrier.
But it wasn't until the Avengers Assemble! by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Here are Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, The Black widow and Hawkeye, ready to face off against The Zodiac: one of the greatest groups of villains of all time is reinvented for the 21st century.
During a fight with Thanos, when Thor tries to attack him with his hammer, he is intercepted by the Hulk who is being controlled by the Mad Titan. The green giant catches the Mjolnir and then uses it to hit Thor, who is knocked unconscious. It was one of the longest moments the Hulk has been able to hold the Mjolnir.
While Vision has only been able to lift Thor's hammer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is worth mentioning because it instantly established him as a noble and worthy hero, in more ways than one. As the heroes of the MCU prepare to face Ultron's threat in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Vision casually raises the hammer and hands it to Thor. This moment comes just after a previous scene in the film in which none of the other members of the team could move it, except for Cap who only did it slightly, although there is a theory that Rogers could have lifted it and did not want to do it because of courtesy to his teammate.
When Thor is deemed unworthy to use the Mjolnir, the power is transferred to his former lover, Jane foster, who assumed the mantle of Thor in 2014. However, power came at a huge price for her; Every time he transformed into Thor, his body would be cleansed of the chemotherapy drugs he had been using to control his cancer.
With this knowledge, Foster withdrew from his life as Thor until he discovered that Asgardia was in danger of being destroyed. He took up the mantle one last time without regard for personal consequences. This ended up briefly costing Jane's life who was revived and given a new role as Valkyrie. We will see the character lift the hammer in the movie Thor: Love and Thunder.
Eric Masterson / Thunderstrike
Eric Masterson first appeared in Thor No. 391 as a supporting character created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1988.
Later in Thor issue 408, Eric Masterson was seriously injured during a battle of the thunder god with the supervillain known as Mongoose, Odin merged the two into the hero known as Thunderstrike. When the Asgardian God of Thunder was reimagined for the 1990s, Thunderstrike was able to effectively wield and use the hammer in battle with the Avengers.
When the two finally parted, Odin He was so impressed with Masterson that he gifted him with his own enchanted weapon, appropriate enough as Thunderstrike, which he used until his death.
Later Thunderstrike was succeeded by his son Kevin Masterson who would use his father's weapon to fight alongside the Avengers.
Father of Odin and grandfather of Thor and Loki, Bor has had a rough couple of millennia. After being turned to snow by a time-traveling Loki, Bor is assumed to be dead, until Loki revives the god in the heart of Manhattan.
Delusional and aggressive thanks to Loki's deception, Bor perceives Midgard as a twisted shadow of his former self, populated by demons and monsters. Starting an attack on the people of New York, Thor soon intervenes. Throwing his hammer at Bor, Thor is shocked when his grandfather catches him and casually tosses him aside. While it has never been fully explored why Bor is exempt from the Mjolnir enchantment, it likely has to do with his royal lineage, or the fact that he was born long before the enchantment was placed on the hammer.
Before Red Hulk was revealed as General Thunderbolt Ross. The Red Hulk confronted Thor and used his tricks to take their battle into space. Red Hulk leapt out of Earth's atmosphere while holding the hammer, which he was able to lift because Thor still had his hand around Mjolnir's leash.
Once in space, the Red Hulk was able to snatch the hammer from Thor and hit him with it in a gravity-free environment. Since then, the Red Hulk and Thor have worked together on occasion during their later stints with the Avengers.
Perhaps the last person you want to have the Mjolnir in their hands. The God of Deception has managed to do that on several occasions in the past, always through some kind of magic or mystical illusion. He managed to transform into Thor during Earth X, for example, which allowed him to lift the hammer.
The most memorable instance of Loki lifting Mjolnir took place in the "AXIS" event, in which the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom cast a reversal spell to give Professor X control over Red Skull's brain. However, the result is that all the surrounding heroes become villains, and the surrounding villains become heroes, meaning that Loki suddenly finds himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir, which he inevitably uses to fight an evil Thor.
After Thor's disappearance, Tony Stark with the help of Reed richards Y Harry pym and thanks to tissues and hair samples that this guardian of the God of Thunder, he created a cybernetic clone of the God of Thunder, Ragnarok, because the government proposed the Superhumans Registration Law and Stark thought that he would need more help. But Stark did not know that Pym had been kidnapped by the Skrulls and that it had been replaced by a shape-shifter.
Ragnarok's first appearance was in Civil war as Iron Man's secret weapon to defeat Captain America's team, but the situation got out of control and Ragnarok showed a totally different behavior than expected. Black Goliath tried to stop him, but this caused a lightning that crossed him and ended his life, to continue fighting with the rest of his enemies. Later he would end up being part of the Avengers: Dark, until the real Thor reappeared to destroy him.
While it has been solidly established in the mainstream Marvel universe that Mjolnir is exempt from Magneto's power over magnetism, the Supreme Universe changes this part of the continuity, painting an entirely different picture when it comes to Thor's magical hammer and the Master. of Magnetism. Sure, the hammer is subject to a different set of rules in this universe, but Mjolnir is still Mjolnir, no matter what continuity it resides in.
It's also worth mentioning that the issue of whether Magneto actually lifted the hammer is up for debate, considering that the villain technically used electromagnetism to control the air around the hammer rather than lifting it in the traditional sense.
Magneto was able to do so in 2008's The Ultimates 3 No. 5. In this Marvel’s Ultimate Universe story, Magneto feels the death of his sons Wanda and Pietro, entering a duel that motivates him to steal the Mjolnir. Of course, rather than using it, he had to use the external environment to achieve it and get right with it. Despite this, the symbolic was the important thing and generated fear by threatening to reverse the poles of the Earth.
After a typically convoluted series of events resulting in Nova Corps Captain Gabriel Lyn (aka Air-Walker) regaining his soul in the body of an android, the formerly noble warrior becomes a shadow of his old self. Having fallen completely under the influence of Galactus, Air-Walker soon crosses paths with Thor himself, and the two engage in a heated skirmish.
Able to stop the Mjolnir after Thor threw it at him, Air-Walker proceeds to use the hammer to knock Thor unconscious. Although his ability to handle Mjolnir was initially thought to be related to his android status, it has since been suggested that it is indeed Gabriel's past as a member of the Nova Corps that made him worthy, which is incredibly strange. taking into account his clear unworthiness when it comes to lifting the hammer.
While Wonder Man is undoubtedly considered a superhero, he has also flirted with a dark side at times in his history. This makes him an unlikely candidate to wield Mjolnir, especially compared to his fellow heroes, but this is something he finally managed to do in Marvel Comics Presents # 45.
After the Enchantress imbues him with the powers of a god in a failed plot to destroy the Avengers, Wonder Man soon manages to regain his sanity and fight. With his newfound power and noble intentions, Wonder Man can summon the Mjolnir, using the hammer to defeat the Enchantress and free his friends. One of the few times someone other than Thor has been able to actively summon Mjolnir rather than just lift him up, it's surprising that people don't reference this moment anymore, even if his "worth" is probably just a temporary means to an end. .
Forged from a nearly indestructible metal even stronger than Thor's hammer, The Destroyer is an ancient enchanted armor created by Odin to combat incredibly powerful entities considered a threat to Asgard. However, the armor has done more harm than good over the years, and it has been used as Loki's toy far more often than it has been used for its intended purpose.
Coming to face Thor countless times over the course of its history, The Destroyer is designed to be virtually unstoppable and physically stronger than even Thor or the Hulk. Perhaps most concerning, however, is that The Destroyer can lift and use Mjolnir at will, its empty armor condition completely negates the hammer's allure.
Roger "Red" Norvell
Worried that the prophecy surrounding Ragnarok will result in Thor's death, Odin prepares cameraman Roger “Red” Norvell to take the place of the God of Thunder, effectively tricking the unsuspecting man into dying in Thor's place. By fighting Thor for Lady Sif's affection, Norvell finally manages to claim Mjolnir for himself, eventually earning the respect of several Asgardians, as well as Odin himself, so much so that Odin brings him back to life after an untimely death. .
While Norvell proves to be a competent hero, it is only due to Odin's intervention that he deemed him "worthy" to wield Mjolnir and take Thor's place. The epitome of a common man, there is nothing particularly special or heroic about Red, but it serves as living proof that anyone can become a hero in the right circumstances.
Volstagg (War Thor)
After witnessing the deaths of several children following an assault by Surtur and his evil minions, Volstagg, a generally jovial character, is quickly driven insane, and resolves to exact revenge on everyone he feels are responsible for the attack. Tracking down the remains of the Mjolnir from the Ultimate Universe, which are currently trapped on Earth-616, Volstagg raises the hammer and is reborn as the menacing War Thor.
Volstagg grows increasingly violent and summons a raging storm in Muspelheim, but is stopped by Jane Foster, the current Thor, before she has a chance to decimate his entire population. After a long battle between the two, Thor finally manages to get to Volstagg, convincing him to give up his violent crusade.
Easily one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel Universe, Odin has wielded Mjolnir on a number of occasions, perhaps most notably in 1,000,000 BC as part of a prehistoric team of Avengers. Having ordered the creation of Mjolnir, as well as placing the enchantment on himself, it is not difficult to see why he is capable of lifting the hammer. But is it really worthy?
Cold on many occasions, Odin has exhibited cruel indifference to humanity's plight, refusing to help them and even actively banning it multiple times in the past. Sure, he's had his fair share of heroic moments, but the character often looks out for Asgard's interests above all else - even if the result is millions of deaths, it's not exactly what you'd expect from a "worthy" hero.
One of the most violent and unstable heroes the Marvel Universe has to offer, Deadpool is one of the last characters you'd expect to lift Mjolnir, but that's exactly what happens in Deadpool # 37. Sort of.
After being manipulated by Loki into banishing and capturing Thor, Deadpool is shocked to learn that he can lift Mjolnir, immediately starting a series of great adventures, including ordering 37 gorditas from Taco Bell and scoring a home run in a local game of Baseball. Of course, it was soon revealed that Loki had planted a fake copy of Mjolnir to fool Deadpool, meaning that the loudmouth mercenary was never worthy of wielding it. While this may not count as Deadpool lifting Thor's hammer, the idea that he might have done it well deserves a spot on this list.
A mutant with the ability to absorb the powers of other heroes and villains, Picara has often been considered one of the most powerful X-Men, especially after permanently absorbing the powers of Carol Danvers, but what if Rogue absorbed the powers? of Thor?
Well that's exactly what happens in What if ... Rogue possessed the power of Thor? who follows Picara as still a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and uses her powerful abilities on the God of Thunder, killing several Avengers along the way. Essentially tricking Mjolnir into giving up his power with his newfound abilities, this evil version of Picara is certainly not worthy to lift the hammer, even if he finally brings order to his senses and ends up becoming the new Thor.
Despite her dubious superhero nickname suggesting otherwise, there's no question that Black Widow has proven herself to be a true hero over the years. Still, Natasha certainly has a dark side and a dark past, one that readers know little about her often convoluted origins. Constantly referencing her past misdeeds and the "red book", it is clear that Black Widow has had a rather brutal history, due to brainwashing.
However, the Mjolnir deemed her worthy during the events of What if… Age of Ultron # 3, which saw Jormungand, the Serpent of Midgard, kill Thor during an intense battle, effectively plunging the world into chaos. Visiting the site of Thor's death, Black Widow discovers that she is able to lift the hammer easily, implying the world's need for a new god to restore balance.
Conan the barbarian
Trying to take Mjolnir for himself, Thoth-Amon is eventually defeated by Thor and Conan, though Thor is seriously injured, succumbing to his injuries soon after. After the death of his new friend, Conan discovers that he can wield the Mjolnir, making it even more powerful than it already was. While it makes sense to some extent that Conan can lift the hammer, he is an unmatched warrior, to begin with, he seems to enjoy violence too much to be truly worthy. He is a barbarian after all.
We leave for last two DC comics heroes who, as we were reminded in issue 1 of Thor: The Worthy, are worthy of wielding the mythical hammer and are part of the official canon of Marvel Comics.
In case you didn't know, Marvel and DC Comics had several collaborations between publishers making their characters fight each other. In Marvel vs. 1996 DC No. 2, Thor fights Shazman, losing his hammer, which falls close to Wonder Woman.
The Amazon lifts it up without any hindrance and summons a lightning bolt. But when she goes to face Storm of the X-Men, she decides not to use it because according to her, it would not be a fair fight.
A new collaboration between Marvel and DC Comics could be given in Avengers / JLA No. 4 of 2004. This special issue included a cover that can easily be described as epic with Superman wearing Captain America's shield and the Mjolnir.
In a battle against Krona, he defeats a large part of the Avengers and the Justice League, which at that time was led by Superman. This is how the man of steel manages to lift the hammer and attack.
Later, Thor would reveal to the Kryptonian that Odin briefly removed the hammer's enchantment, allowing anyone to lift it. Much of it is that Thor's father was confident that the Mjolnir were in good hands with the Man of Steel.