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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige held a Reddit Ask Me (Almost) Anything session this week, where he vowed to try and answer as many questions about Avengers: Endgame and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as he could manage.
Although he didn't give too much away regarding the MCU's highly-anticipated Phase 4 - which is expected to include the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie as well as sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel - he did confirm one thing that got fans pretty excited.
Basically, Feige said that Captain America has always been able to lift Thor's hammer. There it is, that's the big spoiler. If you've not seen the movie, please go and do so before reading the rest of this article.
I know, I know... this prompts so many questions. The full Reddit thread can be read here but it's fair to say that this was the answer that got fans most excited.
The original question came from a Reddit user called 'KrazzyDJ', who took the opportunity to ask a few things. Well, if the chance is there, you'd be a fool not to grab the bull by the horns.
They wrote: "Hello Mr. Feige. It's absolutely unbelievable to have you here on Reddit. I'm so excited I just have to ask something, even if the chances of you answering my question(s) are 1 in 14,000,605."
Not sure how they arrived at those odds, but anyway, here are their questions:
1. When did you become aware of the r/marvelstudios subreddit? What do you feel about the insane hype here?
2. Out of all the characters in the MCU, whose story arc is your personal favorite and why?
3. I really miss the Marvel One-Shots that were a fun way to explore the world around the MCU through peripheral characters. Can we expect them to return?
4. Cap lifting Mjolnir was one of the strongest (crowd-cheering) moments in Endgame. Does he become worthy in that moment or has he been worthy for a while since, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron?
5. Did you get a chance to watch a screening of Avengers: Endgame with the moviegoing audience? If so, how did it go?
The person added: "Once again, thank you for doing this Mr. Feige. Congratulations on the $1 billion for Captain Marvel and the $2.5 billion for Endgame and thank you for 11 years of amazing superhero movies."
We love the level of fangirling/guying here.
Feige, 45, responded saying:
1. Marvel Studios producer Jonathan Schwartz is always lurking around here and tells me about it.
2. Tony Stark comes to mind.
3. We're coming up with many new, fun ways to explore the world around the MCU.
4. We think he was always worthy and was being polite in Age of Ultron.
5. Yes, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Oh, how we like a human being that keeps their word.
The inquisitive guy behind the initial question later edited his original post to add: "Wow, he actually answered. I'm on cloud-616. Thank you so much Mr Feige for responding to the questions that you could."
Cloud-616, huh? I wonder what that feels like.
Of course, answer #4 is what we're really interested in here. Cap lifting Thor's hammer and smacking Thanos in the jaw was one of the best moments of Avengers: Endgame, rewarding long-term fans of the comics as much as fresh-faced MCU viewers.
Marvel lore, going back as far as the 1962 comics, decrees that the side of the hammer - named Mjolnir - bears the legend: "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."
Many fans had assumed that Cap had previously been unworthy due to his actions that caused the rift with Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, although Avengers: Age Of Ultron provided some hints that he could at least move Mjolnir a little.
With Steve Rogers now seemingly retired as Captain America, as per the closing scene to Endgame, it seems unlikely that we'll see him try to lift the hammer again (although there's still the matter of how Cap returned the Infinity Stones to their original timelines, which you'd have to imagine has potential for a movie of its own)... but still, it's enough to provide fans with plenty of 'what if' moments.
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