It's a well-known fact that only the worthy can pick up Mjolnir - and that worthiness isn't necessarily limited to Thor. As the inscription upon the hammer reads, "Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." It used to read "if he be worthy," but there have been big changes in the Marvel universe since the Thunder God's first appearance.
Thor and his hammer have been a part of Marvel Comics history since Journey into Mystery #83 hit the stands in 1963. In the intervening 55+ years, more than two dozen characters were deemed worthy enough to slug an enemy with Thor's mighty hammer. They are all listed here, but which character is the worthiest?
Check out the list below, and vote up the characters who are most worthy to lift Thor's hammer.
When Marvel Studios recently hinted that Jane Foster would take over as Thor in the MCU, fans of the films were floored while comic readers likely nodded - either approvingly or disapprovingly. That's because the concept of Jane Foster becoming worthy enough to wield Mjolnir has been thoroughly explored in the comics - though the circumstances are quite different.
In the comics, Asgard ends up getting stuck in Oklahoma, and Jane becomes the resident liaison between Midgard, otherwise known as Earth, and the people of Asgard. Around this time, Thor becomes unworthy and can no longer lift the hammer. He then begins referring to himself only as "Odinson" and goes on a quest to regain his worthiness. Jane, meanwhile, finds her way to the hammer and, believing "there must always be a Thor," picks it up to become the new Thor, Goddess of Thunder.
Superman isn't the only character from DC Comics to wield Thor's hammer. Years before the Avengers and the Justice League came together, Diana Prince (AKA Wonder Woman) got a chance to test her worthiness.
This was during a crossover event in the mid-1990s when Marvel and DC threw their characters at each other and let readers determine the outcomes of the fights. In Marvel vs. DC #2, Wonder Woman isn't pitted against Thor or another god from Marvel's pantheon, but Storm from the X-Men.
Just prior to the fight, Diana finds Thor's hammer (dropped during his fight with Shazam) and easily picks it up. Imbued with the power of Thor, she then goes up against Storm - only to discard the hammer for giving her an unfair advantage.
She may have regretted that decision, as Storm promptly knocks her out with a blast of lightning. Had Diana held onto the hammer, that would have only juiced her up.
Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame only scratched the surface of what Thanos is capable of. During his second eponymous series, the Mad Titan travels to the end of time to see what his future entails. In doing so, he learns that he ultimately wipes out everything and everyone in the universe - or, almost everyone. The only remaining entity is the Silver Surfer, who is now called "The Fallen One."
In this far-flung future, the Surfer has spent a million years working towards one goal: becoming worthy. He does this so he can challenge the Mad Titan, and it's what keeps him out of his reach for so long. Thanos, prepared for his inevitable meeting with the Surfer, tasks Ghost Rider with dragging his younger self to the future, where all three can take on The Fallen One. The former Surfer then calls Mjolnir to his hand, and finally proves his worthiness.
Who says you have to be a Marvel character to wield Mjolnir? Thanks to a series of crossover events, folks like Superman and Wonder Woman have made their way to Earth-616 to test their worthiness.
The Man of Steel had his opportunity in JLA/Avengers #4, when the Avengers and the Justice League were about to be defeated by Krona. Just as things were looking their bleakest, Superman lifted Cap's shield and Thor's hammer to deliver a crippling blow to the villain's infernal machine.
While it seems like Supes should be able to carry the hammer at any time, it isn't until Odin lifts the "worthiness" enchantment that it's actually possible. The explanation for this is that, though Superman is the avatar of truth and justice, he doesn't have the heart of a true warrior, and thus would be unable to normally wield Mjolnir.
On the one hand, this seems counterintuitive, given how virtuous Superman is. However, if having the heart of a warrior is a prerequisite to lift the hammer of Thor, Superman does fall short in that regard. He typically holds back his strength in a fight.