In the Ultimate Avengers movie, Hulk initially struggles to lift Mjolnir, but eventually does and uses it against Thor. How is this possible?

I think it's been well established that only those worthy can lift it. Are the rules somehow different in Marvel's Ultimate universe/storyline? Is Hulk's brute strength overcoming Odin's enchantment?

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  • wow, i just saw the clip and came here, i guess this is the right place! Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 13:47

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The Ultimate Thor from Marvel Earth #1610 was believed to be wielding a version of Mjolnir but it is revealed the hammer is not actually the magical device known in the Marvel Universe #616.

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In the Ultimate Marvel imprint title the Ultimates' first two series, the alternate universe version of Thor wields a weapon that while called Mjolnir is a hybrid of hammer and axe.

The Ultimate Thor entry on Wikpedia points out:

However, the ax/hammer hybrid primarily wielded by the character is considered to be the "Ultimate" version of Mjolnir, as revealed in Ultimate Power #9. However in the Ultimate Thor miniseries it is revealed that the original axe hammer is no longer necessary, as it's not the real Mjolnir but instead, Dr. Braddock gives Thor tech-armor, and Thor suggests to turn the power supply into a hammer. It is stated that this version of the hammer is not restricted by the worthiness test.

Even when Thor wielded the true hammer Mjolnir, the Earth #1610 version did not have an enchantment making it unable to be used by the unworthy. It was stolen and used several times by various villains, Magneto, Gregory Stark and by Captain America. When the Children of Tomorrow slaughtered the Asgardians, triggering the second Ragnorok, Mjolnir was hidden with Thor's son Modi in the Room with No Doors, in an attempt to keep it safe until Asgard may be restored to its former glory. Thor returned to Earth and he was given a Stark-enhanced version of the EDI power harness and the axe-hammer he wielded previously.

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Stark-enhanced EDI Harness and Techno-Mjolnir

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    Your answers are so thorough! So just being really strong is all that is necessary to wield this ax/hammer version of Mjolnir?
    – spong
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 2:19
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    Correct. Or having magnetic powers in the case of Magneto. But without the harness, you simply won't get the bang for the buck since they are technically a linked pair. The hammer backed with incredible strength makes it a terrifying weapon. When Thor was using it, he was more powerful than a Class 100 metahuman, making him one of the most physically powerful humans on Marvel Earth #1610. Commented May 9, 2012 at 2:21
  • So Thor really was crazy? He was just a normal guy with a power belt in Ultimates 2? Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 19:14
  • No he was not crazy.
    – Solomon
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 0:01
  • @MikeBrown sorry I'm late to the party. When Loki made it seem that Thor was just a crazy ex-nurse, he was blending the truth with fiction. Certain aspects of his story - such as the power harness & hammer being constructs - were true, while others - such as Thor being crazy - were lies designed to make the Ultimates doubt him.
    – Omegacron
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 16:46

i thought that the hammer and belt were linked by some sort of gravity field that only canceled out if you wore the belt? The hulk was just strong enough to overcome this?

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    This isn't an answer. These are two questions and that is better as a comment.
    – spong
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 19:00
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    I suppose this is intended as an answer, despite the question marks, but it's purely speculative. Do you have any evidence to back up your conjecture?
    – user56
    Commented Jun 24, 2012 at 0:23

He's got the Super-Soldier Serum in his body too, that's why.

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    So far your answer is purely speculative. Do you have any evidence to back up your conjecture?
    – user56
    Commented Jun 24, 2012 at 0:23

The Hulk can lift Mjolnir because he is strong enough. Mjolnir is about strength.

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    Mjolnir, traditionally isn't about strength, but worthiness. But in this Ultimate universe case, it is about strength.
    – spong
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 19:02
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    If it's about strength, maybe he's moving the earth.
    – uncle brad
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 2:19

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