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Avengers: Endgame – Why Was Captain America Unworthy Before, But Not Anymore?

A whole lot of people have witnessed the epic grand finale event that was Avengers: Endgame. We know that because history has been created with Avengers: Endgame making $1.209 Billion worldwide over its opening weekend. The early projections for that were $850 Million, and it’s crazy that $859 Million was brought in just from the international Box Office. The domestic numbers accounted for a record-breaking $350 Million, and now James Cameron may be sweating his pants.

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Avengers: Endgame was such an epic conclusion. It was a story that satisfied every fan that went into the film. There was believed to be a lack of action throughout the first act and second act of the film as all the massive fight sequences were thrown at us all at once during the third act of the movie. But we just cannot take away anything from the build-up of the story. To arrive at the real Infinity War, we just had to go through the build-up.

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Without a proper set up, we just cannot expect to see the battle at all because that would have made Avengers: Endgame a weak film. Fans would have complained like they did with Age of Ultron all over again. Well, I found Age of Ultron great, and perhaps one of the better films of the MCU, but that’s not a matter of discussion over here. Endgame tied all the loose threads of the previous MCU films, and we all suspected Age of Ultron to have been brought into the picture as well.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Age of Ultron was a film that set up the entire Phase 3 if you think about it. Sure the set up was enhanced by Civil War, but Age of Ultron did a good chunk of the work and it wasn’t acknowledged as well as it should have. The film only had time to do so much, so we understand why Age of Ultron wasn’t brought into the picture as much, and Tony’s vision was only used away as a throw-away line.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

But the one set up that they did pay off was Cap being worthy of wielding the Mjolnir. Back in Avengers 2 Thor or castrated a contest to pick up the Mjolnir and everyone except Black Widow gave it a try. No one could lift it but Captain Steve Rogers was able to move the hammer a tiny bit. That had Thor worried for a second, but he knew it in his heart that something was fishy over there. Cap gave up and that topic was never touched until Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Thanos almost killed Thor, and Mjolnir was lying down for the taking. All of a sudden MewMew came flying and struck Thanos, and the one who called it back was none other than Captain Steve Rogers bearing America’s Ass. This scene and Cap’s one on one that followed was equal to, or probably better than Thor’s entry in Avengers: Infinity War. It most arguably was the best moment in Avengers: Endgame entirely, as the theatres were turned into colosseums yet again. Although the screaming never stopped until Tony’s big sacrifice move as that was a Pin Drop Silence moment. No one spoke a thing.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

But Cap lifting Mjolnir and taking our breath away brought us to a question that we’ve all been wanting the answer for since Age of Ultron. Why was Captain America not worthy during Avengers 2, but was worthy of lifting the hammer by the time we reached Avengers 4? There could be two answers to that.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Before discussing the answers, I’d like to point out that the way the Russos brought Mjolnir back into the picture was just so amazing. We did suspect this moment to come as reports have suggested it back in 2018, but Thor taking Mjolnir from The Dark World timeline was just great. It allowed us to get some amazing scenes with Thor using both hammers, but most importantly, it was almost a confirmation that Cap is going to lift it at some point in time.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Circling back to the question, the first and the funny reason here could be that Cap could lift the hammer back in Age of Ultron as well but he didn’t want to hurt the feelings of Thor and give him the biggest shock of his life. Well, Thor ultimately got that shock twice from Vision, and his sister later on. So he literally would have cried if Cap also would have picked it up back then.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

But the second and the more believable reason now is that Cap is supposed to be the most righteous person we’ve ever known. But since he hid a deep dark secret from his friend, i.e. Bucky was the one who killed Howard Stark, until Civil War, he wasn’t worthy. He definitely showed signs of being worthy earlier but his worthiness was unlocked with him coming through with Tony and apologizing for his mistake. So, this is a good working theory and probably the best answer to Why Cap was worthy now. It’s sad that we won’t see any more of him.

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Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Ty Simpkins, Ava Russo and Brie Larson.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Here’s the new synopsis of Avengers: Endgame:

“Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War, and half the life in the universe instantly dissolved. Now a ragged group of surviving warriors, including Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk works to counteract the Mad Titan’s genocidal action.

Avengers: Endgame Captain America

Since our heroes couldn’t stop Thanos the first time, what makes them think they can win in a rematch? The answer may be in overwhelming power, thanks to Captain Marvel, or in the tiniest spaces between atoms accessible to Ant-Man. Avengers: Endgame will rewrite the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. When it’s all over, nothing will be the same.”

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