Spoilery Thoughts on Age of Ultron


If you haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron don’t read this.

Fair warning.

Initial assumptions: that you know who Thor, Ultron and the Vision are. If you don’t, this post won’t interest you anyway. Move along.

Now, the inscription on Thor’s hammer Mjolnir goes thus:

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

We’ll come back to that in a minute.

In the movie Age of Ultron, in a party scene, most of the Avengers in turn try to lift Mjolnir. Captain America shifts it slightly, everybody else fails.

(You’ll note that in the previous Avengers film, the Hulk tried and failed. Also, if you saw the first Thor movie, Thor himself loses his powers when he becomes unworthy)

Later in the movie Quicksilver tries to snatch the hammer. Bad idea, as you can imagine.

Towards the third act of the film the Vision casually lifts the hammer and hands it to Thor. Note: the Vision does not receive the power of Thor.

This led to all kinds of arguments in the geekosphere about whether Vision was worthy or not.

People, a frog has lifted Mjolnir and gained the power of Thor in the past.

The power of Thor is the key issue.

Here’s my take:

It had nothing to do with Vision’s worthiness. People often forget the actual enchantment. If you are worthy you won’t just lift the hammer, but you’ll have the power of Thor. See Beta Ray Bill, a worthy guy who lifted the hammer after fighting Thor for it.

Vision is not truly alive and that is why he could carry the hammer, like an elevator (as they mentioned at the end of the film). You put the hammer on the floor of an elevator and push the button, the elevator lifts it to the next floor. The “aliveness” of Vision has always been a lively and contradictory discussion.

Key point: Vision does not get the power of Thor even though he lifts the hammer. Neither does the elevator.

The so-called “worthiness” is not defined, but fans WANT Vision to be considered worthy because, let’s face it, he’s like a Christ figure in his niceness. Therein lies the problem. It’s an emotional one. People think, Vision isn’t a dick, he’s nice, he’s *righteous*, therefore he MUST be alive and he must be worthy. They want him to be worthy, even though it does not fit the facts. He’s a toaster. If you set sentiment aside you’ll see the logic. His body is an artificial construct, his mind is part Ultron, part JARVIS. That does not make him alive. Or British.
Go back to the inscription: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Holding the hammer doesn’t mean anything. If you are worthy, you’ll have the power of Thor.
No power of Thor, no worthiness. quod erat demonstrandum.




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4 responses to “Spoilery Thoughts on Age of Ultron

  1. He only holds the hammer briefly and then hands it over.

    What makes you say that, in the brief moment while he holds the hammer, he didn’t have the power of Thor?

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