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Thor Brings Hammer Time to the NYSE

The God of Thunder rocks the New York Stock Exchange

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By Burke Scurfield

Photos by Judith Stephens and, also, courtesy of NYSE

The God of Thunder himself was spotted today, walking the hallowed halls of... The New York Stock Exchange?!

Thor stopped in on a contest at the Exchange, where employees competed for tickets to the Mighty Avenger's big screen debut this week by lifting Mjolnir from it's resting place. Many found their might being tested to the fullest. "I lifted the whole thing off the ground. Nothin'!" quipped one of the employees, fresh off his attempt at wielding the thunderous hammer.

The quest for Mjolnir was just one example of a great relationship that Marvel and the NYSE share.

"We're very proud of our affiliation with Marvel and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)." said Beth Oporto, the Exchange’s Managing Director of Global Marketing and Branding. "We enjoy opening up our media and event platform to support key products in our listed company’s portfolio. We've hosted Marvel for Iron Man and The Hulk. Marvel has even sponsored the NYSE Kids’ Day celebration and now Thor. We look forward to Disney/Marvel’s many return NYSE visits. It’s always a great treat for the traders and our in-house media outlets.”

Although not all of the competitors could be chosen by the mighty Mjolnir, each one went home with the electrifying Thor Lightning Hammer from Hasbro and their picture with the Asgardian prince himself!

To conclude the business day at the NYSE, Thor, along with an NYSE representative and his Marvel buddies Tom Marvelli (VP of Creative Services), Niza Disla (Director of Partnerships), Adam Wolff (VP, Consumer Products Finance), Axel Alonso (Editor in Chief), Chris Acquaviva (SVP Finance), Benjamin Dean (VP and Associate General Counsel), Joshua Silverman (SVP Global Business Development and Strategy, SVP Brand Management) and Gregory Pan (Associate Counsel, Director of Consumer Products) rang the final bell to signal the close of trading.

Remember, see Thor in his big screen debut this Friday, May 6!

For more Thor, visit the film's official site and our "Thor" movie page!

Buy your "Thor" tickets now on 
FandangoMoviefone or MovieTickets.com!

Check out the list of 
Required Reading: Thor Collections, and find the best jumping-on points with Thor: Where to Start!

In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avengeron July 22, 2011; "Marvel's The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.
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