If you happen to own a Thor press kit, do not throw it in a public trash can.
A bus terminal in Ann Arbor, Michigan was recently evacuated due to a mysterious package found in a nearby trash can that looked like a bomb. In reality, it was a press kit used to help promote the placement of Acura products in the Thor movie.
The kit was shipped in a dark box marked “S.H.I.E.L.D. Assessment Test” on the top, with a S.H.I.E.L.D. seal. Jalopnik reports that the kit was once the property of Automobile magazine, which placed into the recycle bin outside of their office near the Ann Arbor bus terminal.
Inside of the box is a strange assortment of objects, images, and text that likely freaked out a passerby. There’s a test tube, a dead scorpion in a jar, a few toggle switches next to the picture of a nuclear explosion, and an area with lightning-bolt shaped keyholes marked “Detonations.” I’m beginning to see why there was some concern.
The kit was meant to be a faux test for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Press outlets regularly send out kits like it to drum up interest in their products or promotions. It’s just too bad that it made news as an explosive device rather than a silly way to join Nick Fury’s elite cabal of soldiers.