"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!" That’s right, ‘’whosoever’’!
If you thought that Thor was the only Marvel hero with the ability to pick up the legendary Mjölnir, you were wrong. The loyal MCU fanboys might remember that Vision actually managed to wield the weapon in Age of Ultron (see clip below), however in comics, there are dozens of characters who proved themselves worthy, thus gaining the powers of the God of Thunder. Suddenly, the big blonde Norse god doesn’t seem so special, does he? After a deep dive into the web, I collected my 10 favorites, the 10 most peculiar, the most weird, powerful, heroic or unexpected occasions. These are the top 10 persons who can lift Thor’s hammer!
We’re kicking off our list with Thunderstrike, also known as Eric Masterson. Eric was just an ordinary architect, who came to Thor’s aid in a battle against the evil Mongoose and helped him defeat the baddie, nearly losing his life in the process. When Thor begged Odin to save him from the clutches of death, the Father of All Gods merged the two entities, making Thor and Masterson one. Yes, you guessed it: it’s the ‘90s.
Masterson started off as a substitute for Donald Blake, the previous secret identity of the God of Thunder. However, the two were later separated, with Thor banished in Hell as punishment for killing Loki. Eric was whole again and able to adopt the identity of Thunderstrike, a hero who confused many ignorant fans through the years, with them thinking he was Thor, until his tragic sacrifice in Thunderstrike #24. Well, to be honest, he is Thor, in a way — ugh, confusing stuff! Can we move on, please?
9. The Awesome Android
The Android’s backstory can be compared to that of Vision. The Awesome Android — or Awesome Andy — was created as a weapon by the villainous Mad Thinker and he did battle many superheroes until he changed sides and became a legal assistant in the offices of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzburg, and Holliway. So, deep down, Andy was a kind and gentle being with the power to mimic any super-ability and personality trait. And guess whose nobility he stole? That’s right, Thor’s!
Apparently, Andy chose to turn a new page after copying Thor’s cheerful disposition and lifting the hammer. He distanced himself from the Thinker and his old ways and proved that even the most loyal henchmen have a turning point.
The Master of Magnetism, the nemesis of the X-Men, Magneto himself was able to lift Thor’s hammer!
In the Ultimate Universe, a darker and grittier version of the mainstream Marvel universe, Magneto was actually able to control — "control" being the operative word — the ancient weapon thanks to his ability to manipulate metals. In The Ultimates 3, after the deaths of his children, a grieving Magneto steals the Asgardian’s hammer and uses it to achieve his goals in a plan to reverse the Earth’s poles. Ironically enough, he tries to pull the same trick in the Mainstream Universe but he actually failed!
7. Beta Ray Bill
Oh, yes, this isn’t ridiculous at all! At number No. 7, we’ve got Betta Ray Bill. He is a horse...
A very powerful horse, by any means. Bill is the protector of his race, the aliens known as Korbinites, and an even more powerful hero than Thor. He actually destroyed Thor in a raging battle and got Mjölnir as a trophy for his victory. Odin himself was so impressed that he actually gifted him a brand new one, allowing his son to keep the original. So, what’s next, a frog wielding the hammer? Wait…
If you’re a big Marvel fan, you probably know that Loki is the guy who always tries to gain his brother’s power, being extremely jealous of his talents. After years of incompetence, Loki finally becomes worthy, picking up the hammer and nearly killing Thor with it.
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Without a doubt this jolly green giant is the most powerful member of the Avengers. So, why do you need worthiness, when you have raw strength? Hulk not only managed to deflect the hammer during a dispute with Thor, but he was also able to pick it up, thanks to the amazing power he obtained from the gamma radiation blast. Unfortunately for his teammates, he was under the control of the evil tyrant Thanos at the time. It was already impossible to beat Banner’s alter ego without the added mythical artifact! I would almost pity them if death were actually something that mattered in the comic book world.
4. Conan The Barbarian
Alright, Marvel, can we have a team-up with Schwarzenegger? In an issue of What If…?, a Marvel series that plays with alternate possible scenarios that didn’t happen but could have easily happened (e.g. what if Flash, the kid who bullied Peter Parker, had been bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter?), Thor is compelled to ally himself with Conan, being cast from Asgard to Hydoria by his brother, Loki. Unfortunately for the Asgardian, he was bested and killed off during a fierce battle. During his final moments, Thor chose to give Mjölnir to his newfound friend, making Conan the new God of Thunder. "Jane Foster, come with me if you want to live!"
3. Jane Foster
Speak of the devil and in she walks. Thor’s longtime girlfriend Jane Foster recently proved herself worthy, obtaining both the hammer and the identity of Thor. The original mighty hero now goes under the name of Odinson, wielding another weapon, the battle axe Jarnbjorn, after losing Mjölnir thanks to Nick Fury, who whispered some mysterious words in Thor’s ear, making him unworthy.
Jane has proven to be as capable as her predecessor, saving the day countless times and even joining the Avengers. Go, girl power!
2. Captain America
I know what you’re thinking, "but, in the movies, he wasn’t able to pick it up." Well, we’re not talking about the movies here, we’re talking about the comics! And Captain America actually did pick Thor’s hammer up not only once, but two completely different times. It makes perfect sense to me. I mean, Cap is a good to the bone, honest, and larger-than-life dude who will not hesitate to sacrifice his own life for the common good. He totally deserves it, doesn’t he?
1. Superman AND Wonder Woman (BOOM! Bonus Character!)
I bet you weren’t expecting any DC characters in here, but it’s a list full of surprises and I saved the best one for the end! In the epic crossover between the two corporate giants known as JLA/Avengers, Superman, the world’s finest hero, was equally worthy as Thor and did, in fact, take the mighty hammer, gaining control over lightning — as if Supes weren’t already overpowered enough. Interestingly, the big blue boy scout stole Captain America’s shield too, becoming nearly unstoppable.
But Kal-El wasn’t the only worthy member in the Justice League. In yet another crossover (it seems as if Marvel and DC were getting along pretty damn well at the time), Wonder Woman finds the hammer and manages to pick it up with great ease, just before her upcoming battle with Storm from the X-Men. In the end though, Diana chose to fight her opponent with her ordinary powers, leaving the mystical relic behind out of pure empathy, realizing that the battle wouldn’t have been fair. And she ended up losing! Who would have thought that Storm could be so badass?
And those are just some of the many heroes who got to obtain the infamous Asgardian power; Deadpool, Rogue, Red Hulk and many others could also complete this seemingly impossible task we all thought that only Thor could do. And I’m biding you farewell with this question: Could Batman become the next DC champion to become the God of Thunder? Leave your answers down below and let me know what you think!