So, what I want to talk
about in regard to the moment above is why can’t Steve lift it? Why
can he only move it slightly? This is my theory;
We all know Steve Rogers
is the epitome of a good human, the best. No flaws. All strengths.
But if you like I love to look between the lines, behind the smiles
and masks, you’ll also know him as an incredible sad, broken human
being who has lost everything and still is expected to soldier on.
Now, a few days ago I read
an amazing meta on Steve Rogers and his suicidal tendencies; crashing
the plane, jumping about twenty stores out of building and down in
another with a shield as his only protection, jumping out of a plane
without parachute (a thing that is insinuated to be reoccurring ‘Did he just jump without a parachute?’ ‘Hehe, yeah’),
dropping his shield and not fighting back when he fought with Bucky,
there is nothing that makes him happy (’What makes you happy?’ ’I
don’t know’). There are countless of other incidents but right now I
can’t remember them. The important thing to take from this is that
Steve Rogers, the grand Captain America, is depressed, suicidal and
so guilt ridden over what happened to Bucky (and knowing Steve, he
probably blames him self for hurting Peggy over and over, when she
rediscovers he’s alive ’It’s been so long, so long’ too).
But he is still Steve
Rogers, he is still an amazing person with principles, he never
bends. His morale isn’t compromised like Natasha’s is. He doesn’t
fight for his country, he fights for its people and for freedom. For
what’s right. If anyone is worthy of wielding Thor’s mighty hammer,
it is Steve; the sickly, little kid from Brooklyn who were to dumb
not to run away from a fight.
So why can’t he lift, why
can he only move it slightly? Because Steve Rogers is depressed,
because he blames him self for every bad thing in this world, that he
maybe could have prevented if he had powers like Superman, because
Steve Rogers doesn’t believe he is worthy and certainly not of
lifting the hammer of a god. And I believe that not only do you have
to be worthy, you have to deem your self worthy of lifting Mjolnir.
And Steve doesn’t see what we see, he doesn’t see his amazing gifts;
he sees all his mistakes, he sees Bucky falling and the destruction
of both New York and DC hears Peggy crying and there’s no way those
actions and fall outs can make a man worthy of lifting Mjolnir.
And I firmly believe that if there were a situation where he needed to use her to save people, he would just reach for her and she would come flying. She just has a few doubts about his current state of mind, so better to sit and wait, even though she’s tempted…
See, I had a completely different take on that scene. I always assumed (and still do, actually) that as soon as he put his hand on the hammer, he felt it move and realized that he would be able to pick it up. And then he faked not being able to lift it because he didn’t want to steal Thor’s thunder (so to speak) or have that kind of notoriety/acclaim. He’d prefer to self-deprecatingly play along with the joke, join in the general camaraderie and teasing, and have no one know, rather than getting the kind of reactions that he would get if he actually lifted it.