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Are you worthy enough to make your own Thor’s hammer?

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Does it really matter whether you’re worthy to wield Thor’s hammer when you can simply make one of your own?

Instructables contributor Tom Howbridge offers a step-by-step guide to creating the legendary Mjolnir from steel pipe, a wooden post, metal clothes rail and nylon cord.

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Comics A.M. | Maggin, Hughes, to receive Bill Finger Awards

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Awards | A committee chaired by writer and historian Mark Evanier has chosen Elliot S! Maggin and Richard E. Hughes as the recipients of this year’s Bill Finger Awards, which honor writers whose work has not gotten the recognition it deserves. Maggin is a longtime comics writer whose credits include Green Arrow, Batman, Justice League, Peter Parker, Strange Sports Stories, and the Marvel Classics version of The Iliad. Hughes, who died in 1974, was a prolific writer who worked under a number of pen names. He created The Black Terror for Standard Comics in the 1940s and later became editor at American Comics Group, where he scripted many comics. He is the co-creator of Herbie Popnecker, the Fat Fury, who later got his own comic. The awards will be presented at the Eisner Awards ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Comic-Con International]

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Who’s the best superhero? Science has the answer (and you won’t like it)

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Batman is frequently characterized as the second-smartest person in the DC Universe, with contingencies in place to take down the entire Justice League, should the need ever arise. However, a new study finds the Dark Knight isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.

Using scientific principles, students at the University of Leicester spent seven years examining the feasibility of the powers of superheroes, and discovered — to the surprise of absolutely no one — that Superman may be the “best-equipped” of them all. The Man of Steel has his “Super Flare” attack and higher-density to thank for his position as “the number one candidate for ‘most powerful superhero.'”

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Tom Hiddleston delivers weather forecast, promptly blames Thor

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Tom Hiddleston is a triple threat: he can act, he can sing and, when needed, he can even deliver the weather forecast.

Appearing Thursday on Chicago’s Fox 32 to promote his Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, the actor was called upon to give a rather unpleasant weather report. And he did just that, switching into Loki mode to lay the blame on Thor.

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Go undercover with this Mighty Heroines of Marvel fleece blanket

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Winter may soon be a distant memory, but there are few things better than cranking up the air conditioning, curling up with a blanket and reading a book or soaking up some television. And who better to watch over you while you binge on episodes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones than the Mighty Heroines of Marvel?

This fleece blanket measures 62 inches by 44 inches, and features an impressive lineup: Silk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Sif and Spider-Gwen, who’ll keep vigilante and keep you toasty.

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Scotland’s Loki population exploded in 2015

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Although Thor, with his flowing blond hair, fluttering cape and big hammer, may garner most of the screen time, it’s the god of mischief who’s getting the love.

Six boys born in Scotland last year were named Loki, according to the National Records of Scotland. That’s compared to just one named Thor.

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Are you worthy to wield this Thor’s Hammer Tool Kit?

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Noting a serious lack of geek-themed hardware, Dave Delisle came up with an idea for a tool set to tackle virtually any home-repair project in the Nine Realms, even the famed clogged drains of Jotunheim.

As you can see, the Thor Hammer Tool Kit looks like the fabled Mjolnir, until it’s opened to reveal a claw hammer, wrench, screwdriver, socket set and so on.

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Thor and Black Widow top movie fans’ Valentine’s Day choices

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Thor and Black Widow aren’t merely among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they’re also among its Most Dateable.

That’s according to a new Fandango survey, which asked more than 1,000 movie fans which classic and contemporary film characters they’d want as their date for Valentine’s Day. To Tony Stark’s chagrin, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron were the top contemporary picks.

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Artist imagines what superheroes’ poop might look like

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Toshib Bagde has gone where few other artists dared with his series “Super-Heroes Poop Lab,” envisioning what the excrement of some of the world’s most famous do-gooders might look like. Hey, it’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it.

“I love superheroes,” he explained on Bored Panda. “They are just like us but, yeah, with powers. So I wondered, how would the poop of superheroes look? I think it should represent the characters.”

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From the Batcave to the Death Star: A visual guide to fictional locations

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U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.

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Raise a glass to these striking Absolut Marvel bottles

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This “Absolut x Marvel” line isn’t real, but part of me — the large part that likes vodka, comic characters and graphic design — desperately wishes it were.

It’s a concept by Indonesian designer Krizia Soetaniman uses the iconic Absolut bottle as a vessel for minimalist, yet instantly recognizable, portraits of such Marvel characters as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, the Hulk and, yes, Iron Man.

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Batman, Thor and Hulk star in minimalist ads for dental floss

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Superheroes like Batman, Thor and the Incredible Hulk have been used to promote a wide range of products over the decades, but this may be the first time they’ve been enlisted to promote dental floss.

Produced by Ecuadorean agency Independiente, this series of ads for Oral-B cleverly uses dental floss to create instantly recognizable outlines of the Dark Knight, the thunder god and the Green Goliath. They’re probably not authorized by Marvel or DC Comics — there’s no trademark information to be seen — but they’re clever nonetheless.

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Guy creates real-life Mjolnir using electromagnets

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Clarke’s third law states that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” something referenced by Thor in the Marvel Studios’ film. Well, someone figured out the technology behind the magic of Mjolnir and forged his own — using electromagnets and a fingerprint scanner.

YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced created a Mjolnir replica and took it down to Venice Beach to find out who exactly was worthy enough to wield the weapon of the God of Thunder. The powerful electromagnet keeps the hammer stuck to the metallic floor, preventing everyone from lifting it off the group. The creator then uses the fingerprint scanner on the handle’s base to shut off the magnet and pick up the hammer.

Find out who was worthy, and who wasn’t, below.

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin is his own superhero universe, apparently

 

The next time Marvel and DC Comics want to reboot their superhero universes, they may want to turn to Vladimir Putin for inspiration.

The Russian president, famed for his public — and frequently shirtless — displays of virility, celebrated his 63rd birthday on Wednesday by playing hockey and accepting an award (for his contributions to hockey). Some of his supporters, meanwhile, marked the occasion with an art exhibition in Moscow titled … wait for it … “Putin Universe.”

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Awesome dad forges Thor’s hammer for his 4-year-old son

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When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?

As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.

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