Thanks to the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor's beloved hammer Mjolnir has become one of the defining film weapons of the new millennium. That being the case, the mind inevitably wanders to which non-Marvel characters could be worthy to pick up the mighty armament.
The most natural protagonists that leap to mind are those from action films, only the noblest of whom could realistically lift the hammer. Imagine Ripley squashing the head of the Xenomorph queen with one mere swing or Samwise Gamgee assisting Frodo on the journey to Mount Doom with all the powers of Thor. Get ready to let your mind wander with the possibilities of the God of Thunder himself.
- Photo: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / New Line Cinema
Samwise Gamgee just might be the most underrated "best friend" character in the entire history of fictional storytelling. Thrust into action after overhearing a conversation between Gandalf and Frodo, this unassuming little gardener stands with "Mr. Frodo" for the whole adventure through Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic books benefits greatly from having Sean Astin in the role of Sam. In a trilogy filled with myths and monsters, Astin grounds the proceedings with his heartfelt turn.
Sam literally carries Frodo on his back at times. That's just the kind of guy this little Hobbit is. Sam's steadfast demeanor in the face of the most demanding circumstances imaginable shoots him from the top of the "great sidekicks" list and onto the out-and-out "heroes" list. There is absolutely no way Frodo makes it to Mount Doom without Sam watching his back at every turn. Gollum probably would've claimed Frodo's life if not for Sam! Would their trek have been simpler with Mjolnir? Probably...Mjolnir-worthy?
- Photo: Star Trek: First Contact / Paramount Pictures
Patrick Stewart has been portraying Jean-Luc Picard in various Star Trek films and television series for over several decades now. And while he may not have been the first Starfleet captain in the Star Trek franchise, he is arguably its greatest. With all he learned in his numerous years spent training in Shakespearean theater, Stewart has imbued Picard with an almost innate gravitas (something he would use to significant effect in the X-Men film franchise, as well).
Picard is a good man, a dedicated man, a righteous man. Violence is a last resort for him, meaning he certainly would be worthy of wielding the great Mjolnir. It's unclear what good Thor's hammer would do aboard the USS Enterprise, but Picard could definitely pick it up, at least.Mjolnir-worthy?
Captain John Miller, ‘Saving Private Ryan’Photo: DreamWorks Pictures
Tom Hanks has made an astonishing, awards-laden career out of playing the good guy. Forrest Gump. The Terminal. Captain Phillips. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The list goes on and on. Surely, at the top of the list of memorable protagonists Hanks has played sits Captain John Miller from Steven Spielberg's 1998 classic Saving Private Ryan. Miller leads his band of not-so-merry men on a thankless journey to find Matt Damon's Private First Class James Ryan and send him home to his family.
By the end of the film, Miller has given his life to save that of the young private, and he does so without cursing his lot in life. No, he merely asks Ryan to earn the sacrifice of the men who are tasked with getting him back to the US alive. Mjolnir probably would've come in handy in WWII, but we're just taking an educated guess on that one.Mjolnir-worthy?
Ellen Ripley, ‘Alien’ FranchisePhoto: Aliens / 20th Century Fox
Ah, the queen of science fiction herself. If there was ever a protagonist who could've used (and even deserved) Mjolnir to help fight off a powerful foe, it is Ellen Ripley. A beacon of hope in a tragic multimedia franchise, Ripley keeps finding herself in the midst of Xenomorphs no matter what she does. That is how movies work (you can't have an Alien film without, you know, an alien), but Ripley really never catches a break.
That being said, how great would the climax of Aliens be had Sigourney Weaver been able to wipe the floor with the Xenomorph queen thanks to Mjolnir? Ridley Scott should bring back Weaver as Ripley for the next Alien movie and give her a lightning hammer. That would sell some tickets.Mjolnir-worthy?