I honestly just assumed that Thor's hammer could only be picked by Thor in terms of self-aware living beings (clothes like gloves count as well), but inanimate objects can lift it (manner of speaking). Doesn't exactly seem all that hard of a conclusion.
Right... but, an elevator is basically a man-made pulley. In the first Thor, when the military was investigating the hammer, no machines could lift it from it's spot, presumably because they were trying to lift it.
So what if the hammer was laying on the deck of an airplane or ship... and the pilot or captain became aware of the hammer, and decided to fly it or ship it somewhere. The minute they became aware of the hammer, and used a machine to move it, would the airplane crash or the ship sink?
If the hammer is on an elevator, it goes up... but if you try to move the hammer with a pulley or crane, like the military did in the first Thor movie, it doesn't work.
Iron man's glove isn't exactly clothing either... it's more like a small jet.
And then... even if the Hammer can sense intent, and fight against it... how does it do that? It doesn't seem to have intelligence. And how does it resist? Even if it magnets itself to the ground... something like the Hulk could rip a giant chunk of ground up with the hammer quite easily.
And why is Thor worthy, but, Captain America isn't? Even before Thor was banished, he was brash, violent, thoughtless and immature.
Hey, I don't "actually" care. I enjoy the Avenger's movies. I can suspend disbelief. But if someone was trying to convince you that Thor's hammer and it's properties were a "real thing" that actually existed... wouldn't all of the above contradictory qualities mean that the hammer was much more like every imaginary myth than a real thing?
What I'm trying to illustrate is... there's this mythical device, and people invented magical powers for it that... don't QUITE make sense. There are holes in the idea of Thor's hammer. It's a mythical claim, just like King Arthur's sword, that doesn't make sense in real life (Thor's hammer makes even less sense).
It works in terms of a make-believe story, and as a device to show "who" is the hero... to show "who" has character. It works for that.
It just doesn't work for anything that could exist in reality.
The way people explain Thor's hammer is the same way people explain Jesus and God. You kind of "think up" how it works... but how that "actually works" makes no sense.
The hammer magically senses... what? Nobility? And somehow makes itself totally immobile upon a spinning and moving planet... and it can't be ripped off the ground.
What if you dug a hole under the hammer, or hit it with a nuke? Could you make the hammer fall? Or would it float in mid air?
These are stupid questions... but it's exactly how apologetics works for Christianity... come up with make believe magical explanations for how something impossible works, and then don't question it.