In a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we saw Quicksilver trying to take Mjolnir during its flight and suddenly the hammer fell, taking with it Quicksilver to the ground.

But in Avengers: Endgame,

Spider-Man grabs the hammer in flight with his web and the hammer continue its flight without falling.

Is he worthy? Is it because he didn't really touch the hammer? Or is it the will of Thor which maintains the hammer in flight? Or anything else?!

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The enchantment placed on Mjolnir by Odin is as follows:

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


Quicksilver tries to wield Mjolnir and seeing as he isn't worthy, at least at this moment in time (he probably is later when he sacrifices himself), it starts to fall to the floor and due to how fast both are travelling he is thrown to the ground and away from it.

It's also worth noting, as Xantec mentions in a comment, that Mjolnir has a similar affect on Hulk in The Avengers to Quicksilver when he grabs onto it. Just Hulk is stronger and manages to keep hold as it falls to the floor.

Spider-Man on the other hand never tried to wield or even touch Mjolnir, he just webs onto it. Therefore, the enchantment's effects don't kick in on him.

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    Of course, in Thor: Ragnarok it is stated that the enchantment keeping Hela imprisoned ends with Odin's death. It is entirely possible that the "worthiness" enchantment is simply not active during the Odineternalsleep... (~Runs for cover from Cap's fans~) May 24, 2019 at 10:45
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    @Chronocidal Isn't the implication that Odin was continually trying to keep her imprisoned rather than a one time enchantment like with Mjolnir?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    May 24, 2019 at 10:47
  • *affect -> effect (in «Mjolnir has a similar affect on Hulk»)
    – ANeves
    May 24, 2019 at 17:11
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    Do we know that Spider-Man isn't Worthy, though? If Captain America is, I wouldn't be surprised if Spider-Man was, as well. His motto is "With great power, comes great responsibility," after all, and that was basically the lesson that Odin was trying to teach Thor in Thor 1.
    – nick012000
    May 25, 2019 at 4:24
  • There's an implication that being worthy means not just being responsible, but also willing to kill if necessary (and wise enough to know when it's not necessary, and how, if possible, to make it not necessary). So, @nick012000, Spider-Man might not count because of that, since he usually isn't willing to kill. Then again, there are also implications that leadership ability is what makes one worthy, and Spider-Man kinda fits that bill, thanks to his motto. It's a tough call, really. Nov 17, 2021 at 0:43

Spider-Man does not grab the hammer in flight. He webs it as it flies by, and it pulls him along. He isn't physically trying to wield it (by grabbing the handle).

It can be seen quickly here:

Without an actual screen cap from the movie, I present you with this video.

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    As supporting evidence, see here when Hulk tries to catch Mjolnir by the handle in Avengers (2012). The hammer drops to the ground (after an inertial distance) rather than continuing to fly.
    – Xantec
    May 23, 2019 at 14:55
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    ...does that mean if he picks it up by the head, it can be moved? Or what if it's one of those automatic toilet lids? Does that mean the toilet lid is worthy?
    – Ben
    May 24, 2019 at 1:05
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    So... the web is worthy?
    – Ellesedil
    May 24, 2019 at 3:27
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    @Ben That's one thing that's been discussed in one of the movies (after the Vision incident). One of the scenarios they presented was "If you put the Mjollnir in an elevator, will it be able to lift it? Is the elevator worthy?" In the end, Odin's curse was about wielding the power of Thor; there's probably some wiggle room in the curse's understanding of what "wield" means. And "who", if we're talking about toilet lids :P Really, magic is always implied to have some level of intelligence, that's something that pretty clearly separates advanced technology (in a non-AI universe) from magic :D
    – Luaan
    May 24, 2019 at 6:46
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    @Ellesedil Is the coat hanger worthy?
    – XanderX
    May 25, 2019 at 4:08


Take note, Quicksilver was running so fast he basically stopped time. He didn't catch Mjolnir mid-air, but rather tried to hold and wield it.

Spider-Man, on the other hand, was in the same time frame as Mjolnir, and just got brought along for the ride.

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    This is not a yes/no question.
    – isanae
    May 24, 2019 at 12:19
  • I didn't respond with a yes or no, did I?
    – XanderX
    May 24, 2019 at 14:02
  • @isanae The last paragraph of the question begins with the question "Is he worthy?" I believe XanderX is responding to that with "No." May 24, 2019 at 15:06
  • I was going to edit my response, but, didn't get it in within 5 minutes. At any rate, you are correct, that I was responding to the question as a whole, and I responded with more than just "no."
    – XanderX
    May 24, 2019 at 15:11

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