WARNING: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War
It looks like the theory of Thor's new weapon in The Avengers: Infinity War can finally be confirmed. That's thanks to the latest Infinity War Super Bowl spot, clocking in at a lower runtime than a typical trailer, but still revealing enough new footage to get Avengers fans talking. The first look at Iron Man's new sci-fi armor made headlines, and the same goes for Captain America's TWO new shields. But the footage seems to have set the mystery of Thor's new weapon to rest - as well as revealing the Guardians of the Galaxy who will help him create it. Rocket is never going to shut up about this job.
The shots of Thor with his brand new eyepatch may not seem to reveal much, but for fans who've been trying to lock his Infinity War role into place, this may be the final piece of the puzzle. Common sense and comic book lore said that Thor would of course need a new weapon, and tie-in toy sets revealed more than Marvel may have liked. Now, the footage of the movie itself can be used to confirm the leading theory.
Goodbye Mjolnir, Hello Jarnbjorn - the 'Wrecker of Worlds.'
The Theory of Thor's New Infinity War Weapon
From the moment Mjolnir was destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, fans have been spinning theories on how the weapon could be returned to Thor. Or, for those fond of the Ultimate comics or Thor's rich Marvel history, which other Asgardian weapon could take its place. Early concept art for Infinity War showed the then-most-popular style of Thor wielding an axe-like weapon alongside Rocket Raccoon, leading to a more focused speculation. The frontrunners became the Ultimate Mjolnir - the weapon used in Marvel's alternate universe, upon which the films were stylistically based - and Jarnbjorn, the massive axe wielded by Thor when he was "unworthy" of Mjolnir.
Since then, little evidence surfaced to tilt the scales in any one direction... or even could, since its creation in the film would almost certainly be a twist worth concealing. But you can't keep a secret like Thor's new weapon for long, which meant even Chris Hemsworth teased a new Thor weapon without giving specifics. He also stated the obvious, conceding that the most devoted comic fans would be able to see the weapon coming before it made its official debut. And as mysterious shots in Infinity War trailers showed Thor on a mission of his own, the speculation narrowed still.
Until a toy set for Infinity War seemed to reveal the weapon in question.
Infinity War LEGO Leaked Thor's Biggest Scene
The Infinity War set of LEGO toys seemed to suggest that the earlier concept art - Thor with new weapon in hand, Rocket at his side - was far more literal than assumed. The collection included Thor (with short hair and his new costume), Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. The set-piece accompanying included a small spaceship, which explained the trailer shot of Thor standing in front of a window layout not yet seen on the Guardians' Milano (embedded above). The set also included another mysterious object... that seemed to be the large, circular apparatus Thor strapped himself into in the Infinity War trailer - before the bright lights and his screaming kicked in.
Knowledge of the Marvel Comics source material gave a solid hint on exactly what machine Thor was using with some solar assistance, but the biggest bombshell of the LEGO set was much smaller. Much less interesting to look at, too, composed of a simple wooden shaft and large, metal axe head. A weapon that seemed to suggest Thor would find Jarnbjorn in Infinity War thanks to some help from Rocket and Groot. And, as many (ourselves included) assumed, he would operate a massive, Dwarven solar forge to create it.
Of course, tie-in toy sets have been misleading or over-the-top before. But thanks to the Super Bowl spot for Infinity War, it looks like those toys show exactly what adventure Thor will go on in the movie.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018