If you’re still thinking about how awesome it was when Captain America summoned Thor’s hammer in Avengers: Endgame, you’re really not alone. (Also, whoops? Is that still a spoiler?) Anyway, if you also think way too hard about this kind of thing, you may have noticed that allow it’s fine that Cap can lift the hammer and swing it around, he probably shouldn’t be able to summon that lightning. Turns out, the screenwriters of Endgame are aware of the problem, or “plot hole.” They also don’t care. Here’s what’s going on.
This week, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke to ComicBook.com about the writing of Endgame. Essentially, in the movie, when Captain America summons lightning with Thor’s hammer, the previous films had established that she shouldn’t be able to do that. In the film Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s dad tells him that the hammer isn’t really the thing that allows him to use that power, and in that same movie, we see that Thor can spew lightning without the hammer, no problem.
So, is Captain America using the hammer to shoot lightning a plot hole or what?
The screenwriters of Endgame say that they really don’t care.
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) November 4, 2019
According to the ComicBook.com interview, the answer is “There was certainly a debate at one point…[but] You get to those things and you’re like, ‘It’s too awesome not to do it! We’ll talk about it later.'”
Basically, having Cap summon the lightning was just too cool not for it to be included in the movie. Will this answer make everyone happy? Nope! Should anyone actually care about that fact? Certainly not. Markus and McFeely were smart to make this awesome movie moment happen. And any comic book devotees who feel differently can go sit in the corner somewhere.