Spoilers follow for Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok.
When Thor lost his mighty hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok, it was crushing not just to the Asgardian hero but also many of his fans. But by the end of that film, it seemed as though the thunder god had finally moved past needing the weapon anyway… And yet, much of Thor’s arc in Avengers: Infinity War involves his search for a new hammer called Stormbreaker which he says he needs in order to destroy the villain Thanos. Watch the video above for the full explanation, or read on if you prefer.
Not surprisingly, Stormbreaker actually has its roots in the comics on which the MCU is based. But like so many aspects of the Marvel movies, the filmmakers have combined stories and concepts from the printed page in order to arrive at their version of the weapon. Let’s break them all down!
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