In this feature, I examine comic books showing up in outside media, like TV shows, sports, novels and films.
Today, as suggested by reader Pat S., we take a look at how The Big Bang Theory addressed the classic debate of "Who should be able to lift Thor's hammer?"
The Big Bang Theory references comic books often, so I'm sure I'll feature the show again in the future (don't worry, it's not like I'll overload the feature with Big Bang Theory appearances).
In any event, Season 6's episode 13, "The Bakersfield Expedition," which, at the time, was the most-watched episode of the series ever (the first episode to crack 20 million viewers - it is currently the third most-watched episode of the series), the girlfriends of three of the main characters on the series all decide to read a comic book to see what their boyfriend's see in them.
Amy, Bernadette and Penny then get into an argument that is a common one in comic book circles, which is "Who can lift Thor's hammer?" Not really the "worthy" aspect so much as "If Thor is touching the hammer, then should someone else be able to lift it if Thor is still touching it?" (the discussion is interesting since the Big Bang Theory makes a point not to actually SHOW Marvel Comics on the show, so it's funny to see them DISCUSS a comic that they won't show).
The answer appears to be yes, as that's what happened when the Red Hulk fought Thor...
but I know that it is a much-debated topic even today (as an aside, years ago I did a Top Five for the Top Five Non-Thor Characters That Have Lifted Mjolnir).
Thank to Pat for the suggestion! Anyone, if you would like to make a suggestion, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org