Would Superman Be Worthy Enough To Lift Mjolnir?


As the world’s shining beacon of hope, Superman is one of the most inspiring and righteous superheroes of all time (at least for the most part). With that, many comic book fans have asked the question, is Superman worthy of lifting Mjolnir?

Of course, The Man of Steel is one of the most heroic and inspiring superheroes, committing many of DC Comics’ most heroic acts. However, on the flip side, Superman has committed many atrocities and selfish acts that prove that he certainly isn’t perfect. Yes, we do have to point out that there are an infinite amount of Superman variations across the vast DC multiverse, and some are way more heroic and more evil than others. Nonetheless, we are simply looking at his character as a whole, and if one variant was able to commit an unjust and heinous act, then in theory, so are all the Superman variants.


Mjolnir is the iconic weapon wielded by Thor that can only be wielded by the nobelist and mightiest of characters. The hammer has an infinite mass, and those who lift the hammer also get granted the power of Thor. To be able to lift Mjolnir is not about sheer strength, because not even the Hulk could lift it. It is instead about how noble and righteous you are, and stepping up to be a hero when needed. Some Marvel characters such as Captain America, Vision, Jane Foster, Beta Ray Bill, and even a mighty frog named Throg, “The Frog of Thunder” have been able to lift Mjolnir. Similarly, with Marvel’s many crossover comic books, characters like Wonder Woman and Conan The Barbarian have also proven worthy enough to lift the hammer as well. If any DC hero is worthy enough to lift Mjolnir, Superman has to be the first on every fan’s minds, right? Well, the question still remains, is Superman worthy enough to wield the mighty Norse weapon?

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Why Superman is Worthy

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Right away, many fans would assume that Superman is definitely worthy. Especially given how righteous the character is, and how his character is used as a symbol of hope, not just in DC Comics, but in all of pop culture. With this alone, of course he is worthy. Superman has saved countless lives in many heroic acts. In just the movies alone, Superman has saved workers from a burning oil rig; he caught a plane out of the sky, and of course, he has saved the world many a time from his iconic rogues gallery. The comics give Superman many of the most heroic moments in his character’s history, including pulling Earth out of the Dark Multiverse, giving up his powers, and even sacrificing himself in order to save the world. Few comic book characters have come close to matching the heroic moments of The Son of Krypton.

Why Superman Isn’t Worthy

Injustice Superman Kills Joker
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Like previously mentioned, Superman certainly isn’t perfect, which may be a shock to some, but most fans know that Superman has committed some very terrifying and nearly world-ending atrocities. For one, Superman can be fairly reckless, crashing through buildings and destroying them, as well as snapping General Zod’s neck. Although Zod was a heinous villain, heroes have a strict code of conduct where they do not kill, and by doing so, they become no better than their villains. But this doesn’t stop there, in the Injustice movie, video games, and comics, Superman kills the Joker for killing Lois Lane and setting off a nuclear bomb in the heart of Metropolis, which then causes Superman to rule over Earth, becoming a sort of Dictator. These horrendous acts are devastating enough, but the fact that it’s Superman committing these crimes, makes the events much more terrifying and way more shocking.

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Superman has Actually Lifted Mjolnir Before

Superman Holding Mjolnir
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Yes, as a shock to many, Superman has briefly lifted the mighty hammer in a phenomenal crossover with Marvel and DC Comics. One of the best comic book crossovers ever, The JLA/Avengers written by Kurt Busiek and George Perez, gives fans one of the most thrilling comic book panels ever, where Superman wields not only Thor’s hammer, but Captain America’s Shield, as well. The comic run pits the Avengers and the Justice League against one another in many epic battles over the course of a galactic hunt for 12 iconic items hidden around their worlds.

In the final battle, the Avengers and Justice League team up against Krona, where Captain America gives Superman his shield, so he can lead the charge. Superman is the only hero standing after the rest of our heroes fell in battle. At the final push, Thor throws Mjolnir to Superman in order to destroy the cosmically-powered barrier. However, after the battle, Superman attempts to lift Mjolnir again, but is unable to shift it. Thor then explains that Odin (who was observing the battle) made an exception for Superman, so they could be victorious. This then proves that while Superman did briefly wield the hammer, he certainly isn’t worthy. At least not as worthy as Wonder Woman, who lifted the hammer with ease and zero assistance.


Promo image of Christopher Reeve as Superman in 1978
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So, after careful consideration and teeing up both sides of the argument, we draw a final verdict stating that Superman isn’t worthy enough to wield Mjolnir. Although incredibly righteous and heroic for the most part, the atrocious acts that Superman committed are too evil, and as a result, outshine Superman’s brightest and most heroic moments.

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