Throughout Marvel's comic history, many characters have lifted Mjolnir, and most appear to gain some Thor-like armor when they do. Cases in point:

Storm (yes, I know this image is technically Stormcaster) Goddess of thunder

Beta Ray Bill Da Bill

Jane Foster As an aside, Jane is such a cool character


No touchy

One notable exception to this is Captain America. When he lifts Mjolnir, his outfit remains unchanged:

Kinda lackluster, don't you think?

Has there ever been any reason given as to why Captain America doesn't get Thor-like armor in this scenario?


The impetus of this question is Endgame, obviously, and while I would be okay with an answer from the Russo brothers in context of the MCU, I'm primarily interested in the comic side of things.

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    FWIW in the MCU we have only seen Thor, Vision and CA hold Molnir and only Thor gains the armour in Thor so in the MCU as far as we know that is a Thor only aspect of wielding it. – TheLethalCarrot May 7 '19 at 12:18
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    Captain America usually has his shield, so he may just not see any need for additional armour and decide not to use that particular aspect of Mjolnir's powers. He also wouldn't be used to moving or fighting in armour, so he may decide it's not worth potentially being restricted or distracted by it in combat. That's pure speculation, though. – Anthony Grist May 7 '19 at 12:33
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    Each of those images looks like the normal garb of those characters (except maybe Jane Foster-as-Thor). Do you have previous panels available that show them before they pick up Mjolnir and 'transform'? – TylerH May 7 '19 at 13:39
  • @TylerH - Storm has large "ear-wings" and Rogue has a cape. And I can't remember exactly what BRB looks like before the hammer, as well as pictures being scarce, but I dont think he had a cape or the "chest rivets" either. – Odin1806 May 7 '19 at 16:03
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    @Odin1806 I think you misunderstand. The images I linked to in my previous comment are of Beta Ray Bill without Thor's hammer. In other words, he looks the same there as he does wielding Thor's hammer. As for the rest, it sounds like they just get wing-shaped ear guards as a stylistic choice of the artists. – TylerH May 7 '19 at 18:31

There is one major thing difference between these type of wieldings. Mjolnir was already owned by Odinson. He wasn't unworthy at the time making him thor. When Captian America wielded Mjolnir he was worthy but there was already a thor claiming the title. Another theory is that while every other wielder of Mjolnir was excepting the role of Thor, captain America doesnt want to become thor only use its power which he was worthy of doing.

The last reason I can give for this just breaks down explanations in reality which are never as fun but unfortunately probably the most accurate. That being, the artist just didn't think/want to. They have a lot of creative freedom when creating what we see of the details in these stories. So it boils down to artistic decision.

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. A good answer doesn't just list so me possibilities, it asserts a single answer and backs it up with evidence from the work and/or its creators. Please read How to Answer. – DavidW May 16 at 2:50

The answer is two-parter:


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

My opinion is Thor's armor was part of this own image and thus he could use his innate power to create one for himself. Witness the fact how Mjolnir was created - a powerful weapon, NOT made to order, and only later "secured" by binding it to Thor.

Yes, that would mean that all other Thors, as mentioned in OP should not be possible, simply because it's the power of Thor is the requirement to hold the Mjolnir, as opposed to having Thor's power by being able to hold it (as one of the worthy, even if it says so on The Hammer itself). But that suits me just fine - female Thor, for example, is... a proposition tenuous at best...

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  • The question is about the comics not MCU. – TheLethalCarrot May 21 '19 at 12:06
  • @TheLethalCarrot. Indeed. I have no idea why i saw MCU in tags. Delete my answer? – AcePL May 21 '19 at 12:08
  • Up to you, you could try and relate it to the comics if you want. – TheLethalCarrot May 21 '19 at 12:10
  • in the spoiler block the OP says he would accept MCU but would prefer comics – Antheloth Aug 22 '19 at 16:00
  • thors armor is a source of power, when Odin banishes him he says he is taking "the power of my father, and his father before him" and as he says each line he removes part of the armor – Antheloth Aug 22 '19 at 16:03

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