Captain American Gwen Just Lifted Gwen Stacy Thor’s Hammer
Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse continues to play with Marvel comics canon – and issue #3 involves the Gwens recreating a famous Marvel moment.
This article contains spoilers for Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #3, available now from Marvel Comics.
The new mini-series Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse (written by Tim Seeley with art by Jodi Nishijima) shows Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen as she embarks on a unique, game-changing multiversal journey, encountering a variety of alternate versions of herself along the way . Within this set, Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #3 recreated that iconic and oft-discussed Marvel moment as Gwen Rogers’ incarnation of Captain America lifted Thorgwen’s hammer.
In the Gwenverse series, Spider-Gwen encounters various variations of herself across the multiverse with the help of the ever-important Spider-Zero. Spider-Gwen Gwenverse #1 introduced Thorgwen, a selfish variant of Gwen Stacy imbued with all the powers one would expect from the God of Thunder. When they first met, Spider-Gwen and Thorgwen found themselves locked in a conflict, during which Spider-Gwen was able to take her counterpart Thor’s hammer effortlessly. Similarly, when the God of Thunder was knocked out in a fight in issue #3, Gwen’s Captain America was able to raise the hammer and fight for him.
While the mechanics behind lifting Thor’s hammer have changed significantly over the years, the 1978s annual avengers #8 (written by Roger Slifer with art by George Perez, Pablo Marcos, and Ricardo Villamonte) introduced the modern design of Thor’s hammer. In this issue, a possessed version of Thor is rendered unable to lift the hammer, as only the “worthy”, those of high moral character and virtuous personality, can lift the hammer and receive Thor’s powers.
This started a general trend of debates about “dignity” and which characters would hypothetically be able or unable to lift Thor’s hammer. These debates rage online and are frequently confirmed – but hardly denied – by comic books and their associated media. As one of the most talked about examples, Captain America wielded the hammer several times in comic book continuity and during the film’s climax. Avengers Endgame.
As we have so far, Gwen-Verse tells two different stories at once. On the one hand, it’s a character study of Gwen Stacy, exploring the different traits that make Gwen the person she is and letting the manifestation of her divergent personality traits interact with each other. On the other hand, it’s also a parody of sorts of Marvel comics, depicting a playful adventure across the multiverse with bizarre and unique variations of Marvel heroes and villains. The scenes of other characters able to lift Thorgwen’s hammer – dealing with a subject often debated so casually – enhance the parody and help solidify the book’s tone as a comedic take on Marvel continuity.
As the Gwen-Verse continues to develop, it will be interesting to see what other Marvel stories they adapt, parody, and subvert. Readers will have to wait and see what other heroes join the fray and if anyone else proves worthy of Thorgwen’s hammer as the Gwens meet Captain Marvel in the next issue.