SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR for those want to watch the film clean!
Last November, an exclusive report surfaced from the bros at SuperBroMovies revealing just how Thor acquires a new weapon in Avengers: Infinity War. Fans who are caught up with the MCU know that Mjolnir gets shattered to bits at the hands of Hela. What some fans don’t know is that Thor DOES get a new weapon forged in Avengers: Infinity War and his new BFF Groot will have a hand (pun intended) in creating it. This report by SuperBroMovies has now been confirmed thanks to an image that surfaced last night.
The image pretty much confirms the origin of the axe’s handle. In a display of kindness and goodwill, Groot will give a part of himself to the forging of this new weapon when Thor and the Guardians travel to parts unknown, presumably in search of a weapon to fight Thanos with. This image also confirms the name of the weapon which diehard Thor fans will recognize immediately: Stormbreaker. In the comics, Stormbreaker was the name of the hammer given by Odin to one Beta Ray Bill, after proving himself worthy of Thor’s Mjolnir. While it’s unlikely that they introduce Beta Ray Bill in an already packed film, this easter egg is a nod to the possibility of having Beta Ray Bill in the MCU. James Gunn has previously expressed interest in using the character. Heck in Thor: Ragnarok, they put in a Beta Ray Bill easter egg in Sakaar and considered adding the character himself at one point. Needless to say, there’s an interest in the character. We wouldn’t be surprised if he pops up foreal in one of the upcoming cosmic films in Phase 4.