In the Avengers Age of Ultron they make a big deal about picking up Thor's hammer. When they are on the aircarrier the hulk tries to pick it up and he can't... But the aircarrier (or earlier a table) does support it? Does that mean it only works on "living things"? Because when you follow this logic of "it can be supported", then you should be able to pick it up with a backpack or something else? Right?

So can you pick up the hammer as unrighteous person using a bag or something as support?

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    Supporting it and lifting it are two very different actions. A solid object can support the hammer, but an unworthy person wouldn't be able to lift the solid object supporting the hammer.
    – onewho
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 19:02
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    Think King Arthur... it doesn't take strength to lift, it needs 'righteousness'.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 19:16
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    @Tetsujin see prev comment Commented May 25, 2017 at 19:34
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    @stevenvanc - you're trying to pick holes in extremely well-established folk lore - Arthurian legend being approximately 1000 years old. [The legend of Thor is older still, but generally less well-known outside of the Marvel universe adaptations]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 19:43
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    And yet whoever was flying the aircarrier was still able to take off with the hammer on board... So, I guess as long as the force that seeks to move the hammer is not generated by a living being? I can't pick up the backpack containing the hammer with my arms, but I could probably lift it with a forklift and drive away?
    – Steve-O
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 20:44

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It's magic. Intent is important. SHIELD tried to move the dirt pile that the hammer landed on in Nevada. Didn't work. So they built around it.

Tony couldn't lift it using the Iron Man gauntlet, which is much like your backpack concept.

And Tony and Steve argue that machines are excluded from the rule, like elevators and the Vision. Thor says otherwise.

The presented evidence is overwhelming that a backpack would not be a loophole.

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    It's magic. You know, in this context, that's actually a good explanation. Thanks. Commented May 25, 2017 at 23:46
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    Alternatively, it's sufficiently advanced science.
    – ViggyNash
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 5:50
  • Thors mom will scold you for saying that
    – cde
    Commented Jun 3, 2017 at 1:31

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