In 2015, Avengers: Age Of Ultron added some epic moments to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and included many scenes that almost all Marvel fans could enjoy. This said, seeing Captain America be incapable of lifting Mjolnir was not one of them. At this time (unbeknownst to fans that Cap was working for HYDRA), fans believed that like his comic-counterpart, Steve Rogers should be fully capable of lifting Mjlonir. Although, Steve was still able to budge Mjolnir, likely indicating that there was something holding #CaptainAmerica back from being worthy.
Luckily for us, a fan theory posted on GWW might have finally solved this mystery that has puzzled Marvel fans for quite some time now. According to theory, the answer lies within a huge plot point in Captain America: Civil War, but you might have just missed it!
Why Is Cap Not 'Worthy?'
One thing that has definitely put Captain America aside from other #MCU heroes is his selfless and caring ways. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we see that Steve would literally throw himself onto a grenade and absorb the impact just so no one else would get hurt, even though these same people laughed at him for being weak and scrawny. I don't know about you, but that takes a lot of heart.
So what exactly is holding Cap back from wielding #Thor's hammer? While Captain America has made it quite clear that he puts others over himself any day, Steve's dishonesty with Tony has taken away his worthiness.
In Captain America: Civil War, we come to find the sad truth that a brainwashed Bucky Barnes assassinated Tony Stark's parents, and they didn't just die in the car accident as we thought in Iron Man 2. From there, it only got worse. It was later revealed that Steve Rogers knew of this for quite a while, and never told Tony.
While it is understandable that Steve would fear Tony's reaction, it wasn't his decision to keep this truth from Tony. Considering Bucky didn't come back until Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, Steve would've had knowledge of this tragic event for a total of two years, which also makes sense as to why he couldn't lift Mjolnir, as the events of Age Of Ultron only took place one year after The Winter Soldier. If this theory is indeed true, that would mean that there should be nothing left in the way for Cap to lift Mjolnir now, at least from what we know. This certainly begs the question:
Will Cap Lift Mjolnir In Infinity War?
Avengers: Infinity War is going to be huge, and some actors who portray characters in the film, such as Tom Holland, have gone as far to say that it will be the "biggest film of all time." Comments such as those build some high expectations for the film, and what would be better than to see Captain America use Mjolnir after Thor has fallen to take on Thanos?
As many of you are aware of, Chris Evans doesn't seem to enthused on renewing his contract, leading people to the sad certainty that Steve Rogers might meet his demise. People believe it so likely, that they are already predicting how his death will happen. While it isn't easy to accept, Chris Evans said himself:
I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter. They said they had so many other characters to fit in – Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie.”
It appears that Chris only stayed because they planned on doing the film as a "two-parter," and as he made it seem, the days of Steve Rogers in the MCU are likely to come to an end. If this is true, the beloved Steve Rogers will have to make a hell of a exit for most of us fans to be satisfied. Lifting Thor's hammer would conclude his path to righteousness, which has been a big theme in all three of his solo films. While it is uncertain at this point what will happen in Avengers: Infinity War, we know everyone would like to see this happen!
What do you think? Let me know down in the comments! Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018!