Friday, October 19, 2012

Was That Supposed To Hurt?


Such is the power of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, that when it's hurled:


Well, don't expect to be standing after it impacts.

Now, there have been plenty of Thor's opponents who have risen to their feet and come back swinging after Mjolnir has been thrown at them, the Hulk being one of them. But it's a rare day when Mjolnir has been hurled to absolutely no effect against an unflinching foe.

Which brings us to our hard-hitting


Marvel Trivia Question



What characters have been able to laugh off this guy's pitch?




Turns out you have to scrape the barrel for the list. First of all, there's Galactus:


Galactus admitted to feeling pain at the strike--but any guy who not only stays on his feet but in the same breath threatens retaliation qualifies for this list, in my book. Besides, does he look like he was struck by anything other than surprise?

There's also Him, who pissed off Thor by making off with Sif:


Let's just say that Him didn't do quite as well against Thor as he did against the hammer.


Then there was Hyperion, from the Squadron Sinister:



No idea why this guy wasn't nailed. Then again, if you have the power to "obliterate a planet," I guess you'd be on even ground with Mjolnir.

And out of left field, we had the Radioactive Man:



Radioactive Man was actually the first human formerly billed as having the ability to resist a strike from Mjolnir--which was an odd choice, since, when Thor battled Kang, Mjolnir proved it could not only resist radioactivity but also harness it:



Thor also couldn't make a dent in adamantium, the ultra-strong metal devised by physicist Myron MacLain of S.H.I.E.L.D.--so by extension that also meant Ultron, when he recast himself in the new metal after having the Vision steal it:



And Mangog went them all one better, by actually belting Mjolnir away:



We'd also naturally think of the Celestials in this kind of scenario--but I was trying to restrict this question to a hurled hammer vs. one swung by Thor's arm, and I haven't seen an instance of the former in any of Thor's encounters with the Celestials--as opposed to the latter, where he's been known to actually crack open one of the space-gods. Galactus, in contrast, is unique in being able to casually withstand both methods of attack (though not Mjolnir's raw power itself when merged with Thor's strength).

Another being who I thought certainly would be in Hyperion's class would be Gladiator, but considering this little exchange:


I can't imagine Gladiator would have had any better luck with just a flung hammer.

So I throw it out to you: who else in the Marvel universe is a card-carrying member of this little club?

2 comments:

eddie blake said...

juggernaut

Comicsfan said...

Yes, good call!

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