Without a doubt, one of the most truly epic and crowd-pleasing scenes of Avengers: Endgame occurred in the film’s final battle when Captain America was finally able to wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and use it against Thanos.
Steve Rogers’ worthiness to lift Mjolnir was originally teased in Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s party sequence at the beginning of the film, when each one of the Avengers made an attempt to lift the God of Thunder’s hammer. Though none of them even came close to being worthy to lift Mjolnir, Cap managed move the hammer, albeit just slightly.
“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,” co-director Joe Russo said while being interviewed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “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 riseable moment for the audience.”
There were several different theories going around amongst fans as to why Steve could not completely pick up the hammer in the second Avengers film, Age of Ultron. Some chose to believe Steve was only being nice and pretended to not lift the hammer to pander to Thor, while other fans believed he just wasn’t worthy on account that he was hiding the truth of the deaths behind Tony Stark’s parents to himself.
“In our heads, he was able to wield it,” Anthony explained. “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.”
Talking about that now legendary Endgame scene, Anthony added, “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.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame may (or may not?) star Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Tom Holland.