One day after the other, we just keep getting more and more info from the MCU creatives. The writers and directors of this film have given us so much, that almost every doubt from Avengers: Endgame has been cleared by now. After all that, we still did require confirmation on one little piece of info, and that was why Cap didn’t/couldn’t lift Thor’s hammer in Age of Ultron. Well, now we’ve got it directly from the Russos.
In the latest Happy Sad Confused podcast, directors Joe & Anthony Russo talked about why Captain America only lifted Mewmew in Endgame and not before. They said:
“Joe – [It] goes all the way back to [Avengers: Age of] Ultron. I think everyone who’s a Marvel fan in that moment where Cap tested the hammer, felt deep down in their heart that he was worthy and that he could potentially lift that and boy wouldn’t it be special if one day he did. And obviously if you create drama around the circumstances of him wielding the hammer and then kicking Thanos’ ass for 30 seconds after that, we felt like we could create a rise-able moment for the audience.
Anthony – We have to confess we have snuck into more than one theater over the past week and have taken great pleasure in witnessing the audience reaction to that moment.”
As for Cap’s worthiness for Mjolnir, they said:
“Anthony – In our heads, he was able to wield it. He didn’t know that until that moment in Ultron when he tried to pick it up, but Cap’s sense of character and his sort of humility and sort of out of deference to Thor’s ego, Cap in that moment realizing he can move the hammer, decides not to.
Joe – Thor says ‘I knew it,’ you know.
Anthony – Which maybe you can’t hear yet in movie theaters [laughs].”
So there you go. Cap was always worthy. Our working theory was that Cap always had the strand of worthiness within him and that is why he could move the hammer only a tiny bit back in Age of Ultron. His worthiness was really unlocked when he came clean with Tony, and got his forgiveness. Well, that wasn’t the case as the directors have revealed that Cap was preventing his friend’s image the entire time!
Just imagine if Cap would have lifted the hammer in Age of Ultron. So at that point of time, Vision could have lifted it, Thor obviously could, Cap, Hela, Odin and a freakin’ Elevator could have lifted it! Thor would have certainly gone back to Asgard in tears. So yea, it’s great that Cap did not lift the Hammer in Age of Ultron. But it is fair to note that Captain America should really get an Oscar for his method acting while trying to lift Mjolnir!
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, 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.
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.
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.”