Infinity War's Trailer Confirms The Jarnbjorn Theory
To get the confirmation themselves, fans will need to spot the scenes mixed within the flurry of new shots and sequences, from the best looks yet at the Iron Spider armor, to some possible uses of Tony Stark's reality-bending tech from Civil War. As exciting and ripe for discussion as those reveals may be, it's the above shot that kicks off the final clues to Thor's journey. As the toys promised, the exact scene seems to take place in the movie: Thor accompanied by Rocket Raccoon and Groot, headed off in a smaller ship against an unfamiliar space landscape. If the dots connect as directly as they seem, they're journeying to Nidavellir, the realm of the Dwarven smiths.
Later shots appear to take the trio to the solar forge included in the toy set, including an ominous shot of Thor standing ready, looking above, and verifying that his teammates are also prepared for what's about to happen. More than likely, the opening of the solar forge so that Thor can create his new weapon, screaming against the heat of the sun all the while. And if all of this footage fits so well with what's promised in the LEGO sets and teased by the star himself, Rocket and Groot will get the very first look at Thor's brand new signature weapon.
Thor's New Weapon, Jarnbjorn is... Born
While other toys have hinted that the movie Thor could get Ultimate Mjolnir - equal parts hammer and axe - the details of the LEGO set suggest it's the more accurate lead. If true, then the forging of Jarnbjorn, Wrecker of Worlds is important for a few reasons. For starters, the promotion of Thor from a hammer to a massive, razor-sharp battle axe speaks to the raised stakes of Thanos and the Infinity War he's waging. Even if Thor destroys cosmic beings with a single blow, or incinerates baddies with lightning blasts, the lack of actual blades or blood makes it an easier sell in Marvel's family-friendly movie universe. Change that to a blades axe that can do nothing else but slice and smash... and you've got a bit of a challenge, assuming this truly is Thor's trademark weapon going forward.
The explanation may lie in the things we still don't know. Mainly, what happens to Thor before he's recovered by the Guardians as space junk, and recruits two of them to assist his forging of a new weapon. If he tangles with Thanos directly, as seems possible, then fashioning a weapon designed to kill the supervillain specifically may do away with most of the challenges facing a hacking-and-slashing god of thunder.
Assuming Thor even makes his way back to face Thanos in this movie, that is. Either way, we pity the soul who helps Thor break in his new cosmic axe.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018