I’m no fan of retconning. Disney has done too much of it over the years and in many ways have made decisions based solely on the financial gain potential of changing the past. But a recent retcon confirmed by the Russos regarding the hammer-lifting scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron actually makes sense.
Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahead.
In an interview by the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, the Russo brothers said Captain America didn’t gain the ability to lift Thor’s trusty hammer, Mjolnir, between Ultron and Endgame. Instead, he had the ability to lift it all along but didn’t want to bruise Thor’s ego.
It was noteworthy during the Ultron scene that Steve Rogers was the only Avenger who actually moved the hammer a slight amount when he first tried to lift it, to Thor’s immediate dismay. But he regrouped and was “unable” to lift it afterwards. Thor smiled as relief came over him. The slight move was just a fluke.
Upon reviewing it, the retcon actually works. As soon as Rogers starts to lift it, it moves, and he immediately stops. Then, he goes to try again but can’t do it. If you watch closely, it appears as if he gives a fake try, as if realize he can, indeed, lift it but is too humble to do so and embarrass his friend. Watch the scene and tell me I’m crazy.
Of course, in Endgame he ends up not only picking up the hammer but wielding it as if he’s been using it his whole adult life. He calls down the thunder as Thor does and is able to throw and retrieve it like a Mjolnir professional. It was a short but extremely satisfying scene in the movie and drew the biggest cheer from the crowd.
It’s conspicuous that Thor says, “I knew it” the moment Rogers wields it, reaffirming the Russos’ thoughts on the matter.
As retcons go, this one isn’t just acceptable. It actually adds to the character and is a nice little element for both movies affected. If anyone is worthy, it would be Steve Rogers.