Thor could become even more powerful in Avengers: Endgame thanks to the possibility of Stormbreaker wielding an Infinity Stone. The god of thunder has gone on quite a journey in recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. He lost Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok but learned his true power comes from within. Still, with the threat of Thanos and a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet looming, Thor increased his power again by getting a new weapon, the mighty Stormbreaker.
His axe was created by Eitri at Nidavellir in Avengers: Infinity War and the film quickly showed just how powerful Stormbreaker is. Thor suddenly had access to the bifrost so he could make a dramatic entrance in Wakanda. All he wanted was to get revenge on Thanos for killing Loki, Heimdall, and half of the Asgardian population aboard the stolen Grandmaster ship. When he saw his shot at the Mad Titan, Thor tossed Stormbreaker towards him, and not even the full power of six Infinity Stones could stop it. Unfortunately, Thor didn't aim for the head and Thanos was still able to snap away half of the universe's population.
The might that Stormbreaker showed in this instance though was extraordinary. The Infinity Stones have been central to the MCU for the last eleven years and their power is nearly unmatched and difficult to control. Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch received their power from Infinity Stones, while they amplified the power of Vision and Doctor Strange. But, only the Infinity Gauntlet has shown the ability to truly hold their power.
However, there has also been precedence for the power of the Infinity Stones to be merged with other objects; case in point, Ronan the Accuser's hammer in Guardians of the Galaxy. This is an often overlooked action, but could help pave the way for Thor to harness the power of an Infinity Stone in Endgame.
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Was Ronan's Hammer In Guardians of the Galaxy Made By Eitri?
The origin of Ronan's hammer is not known, but it is traditionally a ceremonial part of a Kree's ascension through the military. They are meant to become larger as these promotions occur, and we know thanks to Captain Marvel that Ronan is the head of the Accusers. With that in mind, it makes sense for the leader of a specific section of the military to have the most powerful hammer of them all, and could even be part of ancient Kree history. However, Guardians of the Galaxy shows that this is not even a slightly more powerful weapon, but one that has the ability to control an Infinity Stone.
This makes Ronan's hammer one of the most powerful weapons in all of the MCU, as it is the only other weapon besides the Infinity Gauntlet to control the power of an Infinity Stone. On the surface, the two weapons are not remotely similar to one another, which makes this capability of Ronan's hammer all the more fascinating. That said, we do know that the Infinity Gauntlet came from Nidavellir, a legendary weapons manufacturer. This has led us to theorize that Ronan's hammer may also be a creation of Eitri since it can also harness Infinity Stones - and could open up the door for other major MCU weapons to do the same.
If Ronan's Hammer Can Wield An Infinity Stone, Can Stormbreaker?
Nidavellir has been positioned as the origin of the galaxy's "most powerful, horrific weapons" according to Rocket, and is responsible for the creation of many weapons, beyond the possibility of Ronan's hammer originating from here. Between Mjolnir, Stormbreaker, and the Infinity Gauntlet, Eitri and his fellow dwarves crafted some of the finest and most powerful weapons the universe has ever seen. In the instance of the Infinity Gauntlet, we know that Thanos specifically told Eitri to fashion it so that he could hold the power of all six Infinity Stones. What we may not know, though, is that the ability to do so is actually a built-in capability for Nidavellir weapons.
Each of their weapons are forged from the heart of a dying star and created with Uru metal, and the combination of the two could potentially be the key to the ability of these weapons to control such power. Since the Infinity Gauntlet and Ronan's hammer have shown the ability to use the power of an Infinity Stone, it's easy to connect the origin of the latter to Nidavellir as well. If this is true, then Stormbreaker would also have this ability. The ultra-powerful axe is the latest creation by Eitri in Infinity War, and this would mean that there is still another level of power that Stormbreaker can achieve, which could be put to use in Avengers: Endgame.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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