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“Whosoever Holds This Hammer, If (s)he be worth, shall possess the power of Thor”
Thor might be the hunky blonde Asgard hero most audiences recognize, but Thor is also a title bestow onto whoever holds the hammer Mjolnir. As long as they are worthy, they can use the god’s hammer and the power of thunder that comes with it. Currently, Thor is being held by a mysterious woman with the Odinson off doing his own thing. Here is a history of those who the hammer has deemed worthy enough, if only for an issue, to hold the power of Thor!
1. Beta Ray Bill
One of the oddest beings to have used the hammer is an alien by the name of Beta Ray Bill. Besides that awesome name, he is a race known as the Korbinites and has a horse face. He was created during the Walt Simonson era of Thor comics for the explicit purpose of being able to hold the hammer. For a 4-part arc starting in Thor #337, Donald Blake (the human form of Thor) was knocked out and Bill picked up the hammer. At the end of the story, Bill gave back the hammer, but in return for his strength and kindness as a hero, Odin forged Bill a new hammer named Stormbreaker and since then Beta Ray Bill has been a fierce ally to Thor.
2. Ultimate Magneto:
Ultimates 3 ranks as one of the worst comic series of all time and one of the reasons is because Magneto was able to hold the hammer on a technicality. He stole it away from Ultimate Thor by using his powers and control the hammer that way. I know, that doesn’t make any sense since he never actually touches it, yet he still uses it to unleash massive weather disasters across the world, killing numerous heroes and civilians in trying to fulfill his perfect mutant world. In case anyone is wondering, the normal Magneto has tried this before and his powers don’t extend to the Uru that Mjolnir is made of. So blah to this entry.
During the early 90’s period of comics, many heroes went through some controversial changes that define the period. Superman died, Batman was replaced by a crazy whacko, Hal Jordan murdered the entire Green Lantern Corp, and Thor got replaced. His replacement was Eric Masterson who took over when Donald Blake retired. Eric was an architect and was injured while Thor battled a villain. To save his life, Odin merged the two together, making Masterson the new human host. When the two were split, he was given his own hammer called Thunderstrike, which was also his new superhero name. Cue a beard and ponytail and you have a new-age Thor for the 90’s.
In What If? Volume 2 #66 the southern belle was able to hold the hammer. Not because she was worth, however, but because he cheated using her mutant powers like Magneto. In this story, Rogue used her draining power on Thor and got his powers and control of Mjolinir along with it. So in this alternate story, Rogue beat back Loki’s forces and with the help of Odin, took up the mantle of Thor full time.
Walt Simonson gave Thor fans plenty of reasons to remember his iconic run on the book, but one of the most favorite is when Loki turned Thor into a frog. One thing that Loki did not count on with this trick was that Throg would still be able to hold the hammer and retain the power of Thor. Before the end of that story, Thor Frog was involved in an animal kingdom war in Central Park. Due to the popularity of the moment, Throg was brought back when the frog Puddlegulp found a silver of Mjolnir became Throg, Frog of Thunder.
Another mutant, Thor really needs to keep tabs on his hammer when he is around the X-Men. Of all the heroes to wield Mjolnir, the Mistress of the Elements makes the most sense. In a previous Claremont story, the X-Men were brought to Asgard by Loki where he gave storm an enchanted hammer called Stormcaster. Storm didn’t fall for the evil trick by Loki and gave it up, but fast-forward to the Siege storyline where she was given the hammer once again by Loki, but this time it worked and the trickster god had full control of her. Thor and her get into a brawl which concludes with Storm yanking Mjolnir from the god. Instead of using it to rearrange Thor’s face, she smashes Stormcaster and frees herself.
7. Captain America:
The trailer for Age of Ultron hints at Cap’s worthiness and in the comics, Cap has picked up Thor’s hammer in his stead on numerous occasions. The most recent, and most epic, was in the Fear Itself event. The Serpent and his Worthy were on their way to Oklahoma, where the portal to Asgard remained. As Tony and the Avengers tried to prepare, Steve went to fend off the oncoming storm by himself, his shield having been shattered by the Serpent earlier. Thankfully, Thor and the rest of the Avengers came to his aid, but the hammer was knocked from Thor’s hand in the battle, leading to Captain America picking it up in a drool-worthy splash page.
What!? A DC character in Marvel? What foul treachery is this!? It all happened in JLA/Avengers #4 when the two superteams came together. While fighting against the super-being Krona, Superman carried not just Mjolnir, but also Captain America’s shield. As it tends to be in most of the cases, however, Supes getting to hold the hammer was a cheat, just not by him. It wasn’t his super strength, but Odin lifting the enchantment for the fight so that Superman could use it, meaning that once the fight was over, he could no longer pick it up.
9. Wonder Woman:
Another DC hero muscling in on Marvel’s turf. Wonder Woman got her chance at being the God of Thunder in Marvel vs DC #2. She didn’t get it on a technically or cheat, however, she just picked it up off the ground. Thor lost the hammer in a fight with Shazam (Still Captain Marvel at this point). She was confronted by Storm and rather than doing the smart and logical thing, Wonder Woman dropped the hammer to have a fair fight against the mutant. A fair fight against a mutant that controls the weather, including lightning which she uses to fry Wonder Woman. Good thought process on that one.