Warning: Major spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame” below.
SALT LAKE CITY — There’s a scene in “Avengers: Endgame” when Captain America (Chris Evans) catches Mjolnir, the powerful hammer weapon exclusive to Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
It turns out that’s a pretty big moment that was a long time coming, as it is an event that takes place several times throughout Marvel Comics history.
We’ve known for a while that Captain America was trying to wield the hammer. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Captain America tries to lift the hammer at a party. He very nearly does it, which strikes confusion on Thor’s face. But when Captain America shows he can’t lift it, Thor is happy once again.
It’s not until “Endgame” that we finally see “Captain America” wield the weapon. And it turns out that was a pretty big moment in the comic book history.
Comic book history: See, at one point in the comics, Captain America was briefly known as The Captain for about a year, according to ComicBook.com. He was visiting the Avengers mansion when he found the Egyptian god Seth was attacking Asgard. The Captain flew to Asgard to help Thor in the battle and Mjolnir fell in is hand.
- “Much to everyone’s surprise, The Captain is able to lift Mjolnir. He uses the hammer to give himself some room and then tosses it back to Thor, who then easily finishes off Grog’s minions. At that point, any doubt Thor had about The Captain washes away,” according to ComicBook.com.
- At another point, Captain America disappeared from the limelight at the “Civil War” crossover event, which we’ve seen hints of in the “Captain America: Civil War” film. He works as a consultant while Bucky serves as Captain America. But then Bucky is killed (kind of) and Thor is killed by the daughter of Red Skull (yeah, really), which leads to Steve Rogers returning as Captain America and wielding the hammer, according to ComicBook.com.
- Captain America also used the hammer while serving as a member of Hydra and during the “What If?” storyline where the X-Men never existed.
“Avengers: Endgame” hit theaters on April 26.