The rise in popularity of the Marvel comic world through the art of film has made Thor one of the more fascinating superheroes in the fantasy world we all enjoy. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe features Thor as an Avenger and gave the character two solo movies to show what the character could offer. The first Thor film made $450 million in the box office. The sequel Thor: The Dark World raked in over $650 million and a third film is set to come out in 2017 to add to the series. People enjoy the story of Thor and his weapon of choice is a big reason why.
Thor is synonymous with carrying around the powerful hammer known as Mjolnir. Part of the magic regarding the hammer is that Thor is the only superhero that can use it in most scenarios. The most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron movie poked fun at the other superheroes failing to pick up the hammer. All of the Avengers gathered around after a party trying their best to lift it up while Thor laughs at them for not being worthy. The message emblazoned on Mjolnir reads “whoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” making it clear no one else should have the ability to pick it up.
Years of comic books and a couple of other outlets have given us a very small sample size of what it would be like if other characters possessed the power of the hammer. Many of these situations have used loopholes that allowed others to pick up Mjolnir for the intrigue of the story, but Marvel has always done a great job of protecting the mystique of Thor being the only one that can have its use. Most of the names to pull off the impossible are not the ones you would expect and we’re looking at the odd situations that have seen other superheroes pick up Thor’s hammer.
10 Black Widow
Black Widow may be the most underrated member of the Avengers in the current MCU films and the superhero has always been a great character in the comics. The Marvel “What If?” series created a world in which Thor was dead and that led to Natasha Romanoff being the one that possessed the power of the god.
There were no gimmicks involved and she picked it up based on being the next person worthy of the hammer. Comic fans have speculated that the message is the power of her heart matched the strength of Thor and that was the ultimate reason for her being able to wield Mjolnir.
The most popular example of a superhero having the rare ability to pick up Mjolnir was Vision in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Vision is a synthetic being with great power that was introduced as one of the newest members of the super team scheduled to be in future movies.
The biggest moment for Vision in the film saw him casually lift the hammer in front of everyone and hand it to Thor like it was nothing. It was set up as a humorous moment but it showed just how powerful Vision was in the grand scheme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many have criticized the huge moment of Mjolnir being picked up, saying it was wasted, but the writers wanted to put emphasis on the importance of Vision.
Deadpool has become one of the hottest superheroes today following the success of the character’s first blockbuster film in February. Fans enjoyed the film about the anti-hero because it stayed true to the comic, as Deadpool is meant to be a wise-cracking mercenary that breaks the fourth wall.
Not many are aware that Deadpool was one of the rare heroes to lift Thor’s hammer in one of the comics. The story plot was manipulated by Thor’s evil brother Loki making Mjolnir invisible and Deadpool picked up a fake one also made by Loki to create chaos between everyone. If Deadpool ever enters the MCU, this would be the most fitting way to debut in a Thor film.
7 Conan the Barbarian
One of the sillier instances that saw someone lift Mjolnir was Conan the Barbarian. Loki’s dastardly plotting caused Thor to go back far enough in time to the era of Conan’s time and the two muscle heads met. The “What If?” comic would see Thor and Conan become friends before Conan’s enemy Thoth-Amon entered the picture.
Thoth-Amon and Thor would both die in a battle causing Thor to pass the hammer on to Conan. While the comic never elaborated on what would happen following the passing of the torch, the possibilities of Conan the Barbarian dropping fools with Mjolnir are endless and all highly entertaining to think about.
6 Awesome Andy
The most obscure name on this last has to be comic book character Awesome Andy. Originally created as Awesome Android by the Mad Thinker to be an evil robot that followed his orders, the robot would use its powers of absorbing the abilities of others.
Andy matched Thor’s powerful qualities and noble beliefs to lift the hammer. After developing the special qualities that made Thor who he is, Andy used that to rebel against the Mad Thinker and no longer do his bidding. The power of Mjolnir and the magic of Thor made the Android become free and clear his name from his creator.
5 Jane Foster
One of the recent Thor comic series has seen Jane Foster become the new Thor. Many speculated what the story would be when it was revealed a female Thor superhero was being introduced but it turned out to be perennial favorite Jane Foster. The former love interest of Thor became the new Thor when the Mjolnir dictated the former Thor was no longer worthy. Confusing enough?
Foster inherited the hammer and developed the ability to lift and use it as a weapon. Odinson tried to get the hammer back but realized the power now belongs to the new Thor and passes it on with respect, not realizing it was Jane.
Storm is one of the more popular members of the X-Men as the mutant that has the power to control the weather. The crossover comic featured Loki once again going out of Asgard to try to manipulate someone into getting rid of Thor. Storm was given the duplicate hammer called the Stormcaster.
While she would not be fooled by Loki’s games, Storm did battle Thor but for the purpose of getting access to Mjolnir. Storm used Thor’s hammer to destroy the Stormcaster and it showed she was worthy of holding it for her intent. This was an example of the pure tale it takes for one to be able to hold Thor’s hammer in a story.
Marvel and DC finally brokered a deal for a massive comic crossover featuring The Justice League of America and The Avengers meeting. The comics were met with positive reactions and one of the more pivotal moments featured Superman lifting Mjolnir.
Superman was by far the most powerful DC superhero present and used the hammer to defeat one of the villains. The interesting twist later saw Superman unable to pick it up again to hand back to Thor. It showed that the ability to lift Mjolnir is not a given ability but something that can change based all on when one is worthy enough to hold it.
2 Captain America
The debate of which Avenger is truly the leader can be factored in many different ways. Captain America would probably go down as the most popular choice due to his pure intentions and wanting to always fight for what is right. The patriotic hero was able to lift Mjolnir on multiple occasions in the comics during Avengers stories.
Captain America used it in battle when his patented shield broke during the fight. Unlike Superman, the second time Cap used it saw him pick the hammer back up to give to Thor proving he was able to hold it on multiple occasions. This scene would have been the most impressive way to showcase someone other than Thor lifting Mjolnir in the Avengers films.
1 Wonder Woman
Marvel and DC didn’t create the aforementioned huge crossover comic that saw Superman pick up Mjolnir until the 2000s but there was a sillier crossover concept in the 90s. The superheroes from Marvel and DC faced each other in various fights in a short comic series to see who would reign supreme.
Thor lost the hammer during his matchup against Captain Marvel. Wonder Woman would pick up Mjolnir with ease during her battle with Storm but didn’t want the unfair advantage so refused to use it. The honor showcased by Wonder Woman by refusing to use it also gave us insight into why she was deemed worthy enough to lift it up in the first place. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman lost her battle against Storm but she earned the respect of comic fans everywhere.