The Russo Brothers Explain Why Captain America Could Not Lift The Mjolnir Before Endgame


Avengers: Endgame had many great moments, and we can all agree that the best one was when Cap had wielded the Mjolnir. In the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the Russo Brothers, Joe & Anthony had spoken about why Captain America had only lifted the hammer in Endgame and not before that in Age of Ultron:

“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 theatre over the past week and have taken great pleasure in witnessing the audience reaction to that moment.”

As for his worthiness, they had 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 theatres [laughs].”

So, Captain America was worthy all this while. Many thought that Cap could move the hammer a little in Age of Ultron because he had strand of worthiness in him. His worthiness had been unlocked when he came clean with Tony and had earned his forgiveness. This was not the case as the directors have revealed that Captain America was preventing his friend’s image the entire time.

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.”


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