You don’t need to be a Marvel fan to know the basic premise of Thor’s hammer: It’s an immensely powerful weapon which can only be wielded by someone who is worthy. As “Avengers: Age of Ultron” explained to great comedic effect, if you aren’t pure of heart, it won’t come off the ground.
Now, some pranksters have made a funny viral video where they test people to see if they’re worthy of lifting Mjolnir. Calling themselves Sufficiently Advanced, the group takes fictional items and tries to make them real with science. In their video “Real Mjolnir,” they use electromagnets and fingerprint sensors — among other high-tech gadgetry — to create a photo-real hammer that seems impossible to pick up by anyone except the creator.
Filming around Venice Beach, the video has random passersby attempting to lift the hammer as it sits on a steel panel. One after the next, they struggle so much that it makes you want to scream “Bend with your knees!” at the computer. The hammer even works on manhole covers — but as each person learns, unless you have the proper fingerprint, Mjolnir won’t cut you any slack.
Finally, at the end of the video, one guy seems to figure out a hack — good for him. In fact, judging by that party scene in “Ultron,” it might make him smarter than Tony Stark and Bruce Banner combined, because they never tried it.