Post by Doctor Bong Crosby on Feb 20, 2016 1:23:04 GMT -5
Regarding the mechanics by which one´s worthy of wielding Mjolnir, it seems to me that Marvel hasn´t shown much consistency. It seems to me that, at least where the original owner, Thor Odinson, is concerned, it isn´t so much a matter of BEING worthy, but rather of believing that you are. I can come up off the top of my head with 3 moments that´d make no sense, otherwise: the time Doctor Spectrum´s sentient gem possessed Thor and he battled the other avengers with no problem, the time Moondragon mentally controlled Thor and he battled the other avengers (again, no problem) and finally the infamous episode of Orignal Sin where Nick Fury whispered something in Thor´s ear and he suddenly lost the ability to lift Mjolnir. If it were a question of mere worthiness then why, the very moment Thor ceased to be he´d lose the ability to do so. But no, it´s only after he´s made aware of something that this happens. Any thoughts...?
What do you mean, my name doesn't ring any bells...?
Post by Marvel Boy on Feb 23, 2016 17:03:46 GMT -5
Being worthy seems to be a subjective point of view. In two of the examples you list, I can see where, under some form of mind control, Thor may consider his goals and actions to still be 'worthy' thus he can still wield Mjolnir against his teammates.
However, your last example may be an indication of the subtle changes Aaron has been introducing. Previously, the idea may have been that Odin's spell allowed the hammer to judge the inherent worthiness and nobility of someone to wield. That's why you can have Beta Ray Bill, Eric Masterson, Steve, able to lift the hammer.
Aaron has been suggesting that Mjolnir is now more sentient that first believed, that over the ages, the magic has evolved and changed. To the point where now Odin himself cannot lift nor even command the hammer. So this subtle change may be (in) part of the reason behind Thor suddenly becoming unworthy after Fury whispered in his ear. It's perplexing, for if Nick whispered something concerning an action Thor took in the past, then the question is, how and why did the hammer not be aware of this before now?
Aaron swears that he knows what Fury whispered to Thor to cause this and that it will be revealed at some point.
But right now, it appears the mechanics of being 'worthy' have evolved along with the hammer itself.