The surviving heroes are going to need some help to defeat Thanos in Avengers 4. Most are expecting characters such as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, or Ant-Man to play pivotal parts in taking down the Mad Titan. And while they're sure to be significant factors in the final battle, Peter Dinklage's Eitri could return for major and influential role as well.
It was reported in early 2017 that the Game of Thrones star was looking to join the MCU, and the potential of him joining sparked speculation over who he could be. The possibility of Dinklage portraying MODOK tantalized many, but the fan-favorite choice was that he'd be Eitri the Dwarf. He's the king of the Nidavellir inhabitants and capable of crafting powerful weapons, such as Thor's mighty hammer Mjolnir. After several months of speculation, it was finally confirmed when Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters that this is who Dinklage is playing in the MCU.
While his appearance in Infinity War was expected, when he was originally circling the role of Eitri, it was reported that he'd be appearing in both Avengers movies. This would indicate that Eitri is a survivor of Thanos' snap that wiped out half of the universe's population. But what role could he really have now? Well, it may just be that Eitri could be the key to determining who will win the final bout.
- This Page: Eitri's Role in the MCU
- Page 2: The Avengers Need Eitri to Make New Weapons
Why is Eitri important in the MCU?
As mentioned, Eitri has only been seen in Avengers: Infinity War. His role in the movie was limited, but he proved to a key figure in that film. Once the Guardians of the Galaxy rescued Thor, he decided to go to Nidavellir to find a new weapon that could help him kill Thanos. After all, his beloved hammer Mjolnir had only just recently been destroyed by his sister Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Thor is joined by Rocket and Groot on this adventure, to go to a place Rocket says creates "the most powerful, horrific weapons to ever torment the universe." But, the god of thunder is surprised to find the star at the center of Nidavellir has died and the rings around it are frozen when they arrive.
This happened after Thanos visited the location at an undisclosed time before the events of Infinity War. Thanos had gone to Nidavellir and met Eitri, demanding the creation of his Infinity Gauntlet. Eitri abided to Thanos' wishes out of fear that the other 300 dwarves who lived on Nidavellir would be harmed otherwise. After completing the forge of the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos ruthlessly killed the remaining dwarves, leaving Eitri as the last one alive at this location. Despite letting Eitri live, Thanos still ruined his crafty hands by solidifying their state.
Eitri isn't just responsible for creating the Gauntlet, though. It's likely he also had a hand in creating Mjolnir. We already know Thor's favorite hammer was created in Nidavellir at the request of Odin and used the same Uru metal. That would explain Thor's knowledge of Nidavellir, although there's no specific mention of Eitri; However, he is largely responsible for the creation of Thor's new weapon, Stormbreaker. Thor was able to restart the forge by awakening the heart of the dying star at Nidavellir's core. The mechanism couldn't withstand the force, shutting the iris completely, but Thor was able to use his Asgardian might to manually open the iris to heat the Uru metal and create Stormbreaker. Eitri's latest creation proved to live up to its name for the most part, as Stormbreaker's power was put on full display in Infinity War. If Thor had simply aimed for the head, Thanos wouldn't have won and Thor would've successfully used the "Thanos killing kind" of weapon. Instead, they'll have to try again in Avengers 4, and making another trip to Nidavellir to get more of Eitri's creations could be the key to victory.
Page 2: How Eitri Fits Into Avengers 4
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019