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In Avengers: Endgame, we see Captain America use

Thor's Hammer, Mjölnir. But not only does he wield it, he also uses Thor's powers of lightning while holding it.

Does this not contradict that

In Thor: Ragnarok, it is explained that the hammer itself is not "the source" of thunder, rather this power comes from Thor himself and the hammer is just a weapon that he can use to control it, but it isn't required.

Therefore, how can Captain America possibly control

thunder by merely wielding Thor's Hammer?

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    Captain America is the God of Hammers. – Adamant Apr 26 at 7:13
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    @Adamant and shields – Dhon Joe Apr 26 at 7:22
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    Comrade, get that man a sickle! – Paul D. Waite Apr 26 at 10:06
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    Thanks for the spoiler tags - in contrast to that other dude who popped up in the HNQ with a possibly spoiling subject. Darn... – AnoE Apr 26 at 12:45
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The wording of the enchantment placed on Mjölnir in the first Thor movie is:

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

Which implies that Captain America should have all the powers of Thor as the God of Thunder.

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    Yep this seems to be correct, I was wondering about this as well until I remembered what the enchantment's wording was. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 26 at 8:17
  • Does he channel the power when he is wielding the axe before he swaps it with Thor when Thor says "you use the little one" ? – Mike Apr 26 at 11:57
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    @Mike Even if he does that could easily be part of the power of Stormbreaker. In the comics, Stormbreaker is originally crafted for Beta Ray Bill who continues to have access to thor-like powers despite not using Mjolnir. Even in the films, it can summon the Bifrost so surely it may be within its repertoire to conjure a bit of lightning. – David Coffron Apr 27 at 15:01
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    Also, the Hammer enchantment doesn't seem to have an exclusivity clause. So just because a person worthy enough to swing Mjolnir is doing do, doesn't mean Thor isn't also able to use his power. – Paul Apr 29 at 11:14

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