Avengers: Endgame may have come out over two weeks ago, but fans are still talking about some of the film’s major moments—namely the final scene involving Captain America. To settle the debate once and for all, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely opened up about really happened in a recent interview.
The scene in question was the unforgettable one when Captain America was able to lift Thor’s hammer during the major battle against Thanos. Add that to the scene in Infinity War when Cap was briefly able to resist Thanos using the Infinity Gauntlet and the theories quickly began to formulate.
After all, not only have few people have ever been deemed worthy enough to wield the powerful hammer but also only Thanos himself and the Hulk have used the Infinity Gauntlet and managed to survive. Which had fans questioning: Was Cap also strong enough to use the Gauntlet?
Probably not, Markus says. “I think Steve would be toast,” the screenwriter explained on an episode of Heat Vision Breakdown, a weekly video series from The Hollywood Reporter. “I think in that moment, Thanos is impressed by Steve’s will. He’s like, ‘I can’t believe this guy who apparently has no powers is trying this.’ He’s almost like, ‘Really? Really?'”
And as for the questions surrounding whether or not Cap was able to lift Thor’s hammer all along, directors Joe and Anthony Russo hinted that the answer is yes. “He didn’t know that until that moment in Ultron when he tried to pick it up,” the brothers revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “But Cap’s sense of character and humility and, out of deference to Thor’s ego, Cap in that moment realizing he can move the hammer, decides not to.”