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.
Fans were somewhat shocked when Captain America failed to lift Mjolnir in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it was only a matter of time before the super soldier reached his true potential. As Thor says in Avengers: Endgame when Steve Rogers finally wields the hammer, "I knew it!" So, too, did every Cap fan in the audience - because Captain America has lifted Mjolnir more than once in the comics.
The first time Cap picked up the hammer was in Thor #390, when Avengers Island fell under a strike by Grog and his minions. During the clash, Thor was separated from his hammer for a short time. Just as in Endgame, Rogers picked it up and wielded it for a little while before returning it to its rightful owner. This was during a period when Rogers was just going by "The Captain" (he and the Avengers had a sort of falling out), but the act of picking up Mjolnir and handing it back to Thor proved to the Asgardian that Rogers was still a worthy ally.
Captain America picks up Mjolnir again in Fear Itself #7, when Thor is challenging Cul. After the Thunder God throws the hammer at his enemy, it is deflected and lands on the ground. Cap strolls on over and picks it up, proving he's still worthy.
Rogers has picked up Mjolnir two other times in the comics, though they don't necessarily count. During Secret Empire, an evil Captain America is able to lift Mjolnir after reality is temporarily altered. He also picks it up in an alternate reality depicted in What If? X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.
Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be a moment in the comics when Cap tries to lift the hammer and fails. He just doesn't try to do it very often.
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It should come as no surprise that Odin can and has picked up Mjolnir on numerous occasions - seeing as he was the one who had it made in the first place, and it's his enchantment that determines who is worthy enough to wield it.
Odin has lifted the hammer on numerous occasions, and one of the most notable times is when Beta Ray Bill entered the picture. Because Bill was able to wield the hammer, he was granted the power of Thor - but that didn't go over too well with Thor. Odin had the pair fight one another for the honor of carrying Mjolnir, which resulted in a tie. Odin then returned the hammer to his son and crafted a new device for Bill, whom had proven himself worthy.
Interestingly, the hammer's enchantment has changed since Jane Foster picked it up - specifically, how it determines a person's worthiness. Now, Odin can no longer lift it, and he's not too happy about that.
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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.
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When the Magneto of Earth-1610 manages to pick up and use Mjolnir thanks to his Mutant abilities, he causes a lot of problems for pretty much anyone and everyone. This issue is made more dire by the end of Thor, who perishes while fighting against Hela. The Thunder God sacrifices himself to save Valkryie, the woman he loves. Not wanting the sacrifice to be in vain, Valkyrie decides to get the hammer back.
After confronting and disarming Magneto, she is about to deal the final blow when the master of magnetism brings the ceiling down on her. She appears to perish, but shows up later wielding Thor's hammer.
Though she eventually loses the hammer, and her life, Valkyrie is able to revive Thor. And for a short while, she is the Goddess of Thunder in the Ultimate universe.
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