Thanks to Odin’s enchantment, Mjolnir can only be wielded by one who is worthy, but does this apply to someone who can move things with their mind?
Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel universe, which is why Odin put a spell on it to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Only one who is worthy of the hammer can lift it – at least, that was the idea, but could someone with telekinetic powers mentally move Mjolnir without actually touching it?
Longtime X-Men villain Magneto may not have traditional telekinesis, but his ability to control magnetic fields essentially gives him exactly that when it comes to anything metal, which includes Thor’s hammer. Mjolnir is made out of a substance called Uru, an incredibly durable metal with properties that make it a natural conduit for magic. Regardless of Odin’s enchantments, Uru is still metal, meaning Magneto can control it. When Thor goes up against Magneto in Stan Lee’s Journey Into Mystery #109, the Master of Magnetism is able to stop Thor’s hammer in mid-air, and he even deflects it back at Thor in Archie Goodwin’s Super-Villain Team-Up #14 while fighting the Avengers. “By Odin’s Beard! Not even heaven-forged Mjolnir is immune to his mutant power!” Thor exclaims, cementing the fact that Magneto can lift Mjolnir with his mind, but he’s not the only one.
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More recently, in Avengers #33 by Jason Aaron, Moon Knight goes rogue and turns against the Avengers, kicking off the Age of Khonshu arc. After taking on Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther, Moon Knight retreats to the moon, where he comes face to face with the God of Thunder. Believing he can bring Moon Knight down himself, Thor hurls Mjolnir at his foe, but Moon Knight turns the tables. He stops the hammer in mid-air and proceeds to beat Thor with Mjolnir until he is weak enough for Moon Knight to send him off the moon entirely. See, Uru is technically harvested from moon rock, so Moon Knight is able to control it just like Magneto, leaving Thor defenseless.
Since both Magneto and Moon Knight can mentally control Mjolnir because of what it’s made of, it stands to reason that a telekinetic like Jean Grey – who can manipulate virtually any substance – or even a Jedi using the Force could move it as well. However, there is a significant difference between “moving” and “wielding” when it comes to Thor’s hammer. Magneto has deflected it, suspended it in mid-air, and even held it in his hand in Marvel’s Ultimate universe, but he has never been able to actually access Mjolnir’s power. Sure, he could use it as one would a regular old hammer, but Magneto won’t be summoning thunderstorms anytime soon because he technically isn’t worthy. The same goes for Moon Knight, Jean Grey, and anyone else who could move the hammer with their minds. Telekinesis might be a workaround for simply lifting the hammer, but you still need to be worthy to tap into “the power of Thor.”
There are other loopholes around lifting Mjolnir besides telekinesis, but at the end of the day, Odin’s magic holds up in preventing anyone who is unworthy from unlocking its true power. If only he had put the same spell on Thor’s Stormbreaker…
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