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Avengers: Endgame Gave Captain America One Of The Best Moments In MCU History

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Avengers: Endgame Gave Captain America One Of The Best Moments In MCU History

Greetings, true believers! By now, you've had plenty of time to see Avengers: Endgame and no doubt you'll want to see what happens after Thanos wiped out half of all living beings at the end of Infinity War.

But if you're trying to avoid spoilers, this article is not the one for you. Why not read about the Sonic the Hendgehog movie trailer, or the WWE referee who broke his leg mid-match? Either way, don't read on unless you want your spoiler avoidance dreams to fade into dust along with half your heroes after The Snap...

Right, you've made it past the spoiler alert, so let's assume you've seen Endgame and you understand why, for many comic book fans, it's turned out to be the cinematic event of the decade. Did it justify the hype? Plenty of people definitely think so.

It's a roller coaster ride alright, but one of the main talking points in the movie comes when one of our favourite superheroes reveals just how heroic he truly is.

No, not Thor's prodigious alcohol intake throughout the movie's first half (although, y'know... #lifegoals). Not even Iron Man's tear-jerking moves to finally vanquish the maniacal Thanos.

I am, of course, talking about the moment when Captain America wields Thor's hammer - named Mjolnir - and uses it to sock Thanos in the jaw.

Captain America attempts to lift the hammer in Age of Utron. Credit: Marvel
Captain America attempts to lift the hammer in Age of Utron. Credit: Marvel

Seriously, if ever a movie moment was designed to make fanboys and girls alike scream 'FUCK YEAH' in the cinema, it's that one.

Naturally, plenty of fans across the more spoilerific end of Twitter were happy to give that opinion:

Plenty of fans were left scratching their heads as to how this could have happened, though. After all... isn't Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) the only one who can lift Mjolnir?

A clue can be found in the second Avengers outing, 2015's Age of Ultron.

At the beginning of the movie, the gang all have a go at picking up the Norse god's weapon, with fairly pitiful results. However, when Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (played by Chris Evans) tries his luck, the hammer moves slightly. No one makes a big deal out of it, but Thor certainly notices:

Thor clocks Cap moving his hammer. Credit: Marvel
Thor clocks Cap moving his hammer. Credit: Marvel

Marvel lore, going back as far as the 1962 comics, decrees that the side of Mjolnir bears the legend: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

As the leader of the Avengers, Cap's moral code is rarely called into question - except in Captain America: Civil War, where it's revealed that he knew who killed Tony Stark (aka Iron Man)'s parents, but had not told him.

He'd been keeping the dark secret of his friend Bucky Barnes from Stark until he's forced into the film's big reveal.

Presumably, it's this deception that prevents him from being able to lift Mjolnir in Age of Ultron - but once he's free of that burden, it looks like Cap's purity of heart and spirit makes him worthy AF.

In any case, the scene has its roots in the original comics, so plenty of franchise nerds will have been cheering their lungs out upon recognising an iconic scene from Marvel's history:

Doesn't quite play out like this in the movie. Credit: Marvel
Doesn't quite play out like this in the movie. Credit: Marvel

Of course, Vision also wielded the hammer in Age of Ultron, and Cap is far from the only other hero in Marvel's long history to have done so.

Still, as fist-pumping moments in the cinema go, it's some scene.

As for more spoilers...well, you're just going to have to go and see the film.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel

Topics: Avengers Endgame, TV and Film, Marvel

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