Why can’t people lift Thor’s hammer?

When given free time, weird questions pop into my head.  Often, these questions will…question what has generally been accepted without much thought.  Recently, it was the notion that only the worthy may lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

On Mjolnir, the inscription goes, “Whoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”  So, if you’re worthy, you get the power of Thor.  Not sure if this has always been the case, but currently, that worthiness has been shown by being able to lift Mjolnir.  I never really thought about the “worthy” aspect of it until watching Age of Ultron.  I thought that it was a bit unrealistic that Captain America couldn’t lift the hammer.  What exactly made Thor worthier of the power than Captain America?  But my issue now is, why is lifting it even an issue?

The inscription starts with the assumption that whoever is holding the hammer is going to be judged to be worthy.  If they are worthy, then they get the power.  It does not say, “Whoever is worthy, shall hold this hammer and possess the power of Thor.”

So, is it that you need the power of Thor to even lift the hammer?  If so, then that just greatly over-powers Thor to the point where he should never, ever be challenged in a fight.  Not that any of this really matters.  Just random thoughts I have when bored.


Thor: Ragnarok review

Thor Ragnarok posterLet me start by saying that I may be one of the few people that enjoyed Thor: The Dark World. No, I do not think it is a very good movie, but I liked the interplay between Thor and Loki. The supporting characters, like Jane and Darcy, were fun to have around. The movies had a message about improving yourself and being worthy of the great honor that has been handed down to you. And they were not bad movies. Both Thor and Thor: The Dark World were positively reviewed. But, Marvel decided to director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Chris Yost change things up with Thor: Ragnarok. While I did enjoy the movie, I am not completely on board with all the changes. Major spoilers below.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #63 – Upcoming movies

This week, Anthony and J. R. are talking about upcoming movies they are interested in, premiering between Nov. 2017 and April 2018. They start with their thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, and continue with their thoughts heading into Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and others. Jacob then pops in to offer his take on the trailer for The New Mutants. Casey then has his minute recaps of the “The Damned” and “Monsters” episodes of The Walking Dead. Finally being wrapped up with some thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey and news from Blizzcon.


Marvel announces new Thor – and she’s a lady

One of those things that the big comic companies do once in a while is take one of their big heroes and replace them with a new character.  Think of Bucky taking over for Captain America or Wally West becoming the Flash.  If you really want to upset me, you can bring up Jaime Reyes, but I really wish you wouldn’t.

Thor is a character who has had this happen a couple of times.  If you were reading in the 90’s, you might remember Thunderstrike, who had been Thor for a while.  The one with the beard.

The God of Thunder is getting another replacement this October when a new Thor series launches (or relaunches, hell I can’t keep up with Marvel’s numbering) and this time…wait for it…it’s a woman.

According to the big announcement:

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

My thoughts on it after the jump.


Lady Sif helps the kids

There are few things that celebrities do that are more awesome than taking time from their busy schedules to make the lives of sick children a little better.  In fact, if there is something more awesome, I’m at a loss for what it is.

Take Jaimie Alexander, for instance, who donned her Lady Sif garb from the Thor movies and visited a Los Angeles children’s hospital.

If that doesn’t make her awesome, I don’t know what does. has the story.

Comic Book Movie Review – Thor: The Dark World

Marvel Studios continues its trek to Avengers 2 with Thor:  The Dark World.  Here’s a reminder of what has happened heading into this movie.  Thor had to destroy the Bifrost in order to stop Loki.  Loki went hurtling through space, or something, only to end up with an alien army, and attacking Earth with the power of the Tesseract.  But, he’s defeated, and Thor returns him to Asgard.  Spoilers below the break.

thor_the_dark_world_ver2Thor:  The Dark World

Directed by Alan Taylor

Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat & Mr. Met

Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Christopher Eccleston as Malekith