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Do you have what it takes to lift Thor’s hammer? Iron Man doesn’t. Bruce Banner doesn’t. Hawkeye doesn’t. Captain America, for the most part, doesn’t. But that didn’t stop any of these pedestrians from trying to wield Mjolnir after finding it on the street. Sadly for them, they would never be able to lift it because it was all part of a big prank.
Trollstation is an online hidden camera show featuring a collective of pranksters from all over the world. Their work has included a variety of social experiments (like when they faked a domestic abuse scenario to see how people would react) and classic shenanigans (like chasing after pedestrians while wearing police attire). But in honor of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hit international theaters last weekend, they decided to see if anyone on Earth was capable of lifting Thor’s hammer.
As seen in the video above, many random pedestrians tried, but this particular Mjolnir was super-super-glued to the pavement with a special no-nails Gorilla glue. People were getting really into it, too. Most guys took off their jackets and backpacks after their first failed attempts, as if that would somehow magically enhance their strength. The cameraman even zinged one guy’s ego a bit when he asked if he had the power, to which the man replied, "Yeah, I’ve got the power. I’m a boxer." If he did, then he would’ve been able to lift it.
This is a perfect prank for Avengers: Age of Ultron. As you might have seen, a clip from the highly anticipated sequel was released online and features a party at Avengers Tower. Clint Barton, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Bruce Banner, and Steve Rogers all try to lift Thor’s hammer with little success. Only Cap was able to slightly nudge Mjolnir, much to Thor’s dismay, but even then, no one was worthy enough to wield the Asgardian relic.
Age of Ultron hits U.S. theaters this weekend, starting with late-night screenings on Thursday. Even without this piece of free viral promotion, it’s already proving to be a box office hit. The film raked in more than $200MM overseas, and the domestic release is looking to be equally successful.