Rarely Spoken Truth About The New Hammer Of Thor
Thor is known to be mighty, and virtually synonymous with his godly Warhammer, Mjolnir. After all, it is the weapon that bestows the power of the Norse God of Thunder to those who are worthy enough to lift it, including the ability to control lightning and storms, or just bash frost giants to oblivion. Unfortunately for the Odinson of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mjolnir didn't make it out of Thor: Ragnarok intact, instead, it was shattered in a battle against Hela.
One thing you may not know is that it's not the only weapon Thor has. Stormbreaker has a unique comic book history all its own. From the mythological roots of Thor's armory to the cosmic origin of Stormbreaker itself, here's the truth behind Thor's new hammer, but we warn you, if you have not yet seen Infinity War, there are spoilers!
So let's take a look at these fantastic godlike weapons that Thor has tucked away in his armory.
The Norse Arsenal
Norse mythology is full of magical weaponry. So yes, it was not surprising to hear that Stormbreaker was not the only other tool wielded by this God of Thunder. In fact, Thor arrived into battle with more weapons strapped than anyone else, including Tier, the God of War. Mjolnir is the most important.
If you're only familiar with it from the comic and movies, it might surprise you that the whole thing about being worthy was never actually part of the original myths, and instead, Thor was the only one who could lift the hammer, simply because it was cumbersome to the point where he actually needed special equipment to raise it.
The Megingjord was a magic belt that doubled Thor's already mighty power, and gave him considerable strength. The Jarngreipr iron grippers were gauntlets that allowed him to control Mjolnir despite its heavy weight and unbalanced handle.
It's worth noting that the Megangrod actually exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Happy Hogan is clearing out the Avengers tower in Spiderman homecoming, he mentions it as one of the items that's boxed up for transport.
Beta Ray Bill
Unlike Mjolnir, Stormbreaker does not have its origins in classic mythology. Instead, it's pure Marvel comics, and belongs to another character, Beta Ray Bill. When legendary creator, Walt Simonson arrived on the book in 1983, the first thing he did was tell a story about what would happen if someone else was worthy enough to heft Thor's hammer.
That someone, was a super-powered alien. Beta Ray Bill was chosen to defend his people as they traveled through space as refugees and had to fight Thor due to a misunderstanding. During the fight, his noble heart allowed him to lift the hammer and take power himself.
Once Odin had found out that someone else had taken his son's power, his response was to demand that Thor and Bill fight each other to the death in the firey realm of Skarthem. This is not exactly the best example of parenting, especially since Bill won that one too. Instead of fighting to the death though, Bill rescued Thor and brought him back to Asgard, a test of his worthiness that was Odin's plan all along.
To reward Bill, Odin convinced Eltri and the dwarves of Lecavalier to craft a second hammer, Stormbreaker. This gave Bill all of Thor's powers, and with that, they oath brothers and allies. While he hasn't appeared in person, we know that Bill, or someone that looks like him, does exist in the MCU.
The Mace, The Storm, and The Frogly
Beyond Stormbreaker, there are a couple of Asgardian weapons known in the Marvel Universe. The most prominent is probably Thunderstrike's mace, Thunderstrike. And yes, this guy has the same name as his weapon. It turns out that Eric Masterson is not an exceptionally creative superhero. He was bonded with Thor for two years in the 90's, and when they were separated, Odin gifted him with a magical mace he could use to continue fighting evil.
It's functionally identical to Mjolnir, but with one significant difference, it's inscription reads: "The world still needs heroes". How about dropping that one on your opponent's next time you get into some Marvel Comics trivia. There's also Stormcaster, a hammer that Loki once gave to Storm of the X-Men, in yet another attempt to cause trouble for Thor.
Considering that Storm can already call down lightning to obliterate whatever she chooses, and that she's already been worshipped as a Goddess on Earth, this seems a little excessive. That may be the reason why she didn't keep it. The Marvel Universe's weirded hammer, however, comes from a story where Loki turned Thor into a frog.
When he recovered his hammer, Thor struck it on the ground and transformed into a six-foot six-inched frog with a helmet and a magic hammer! That's right! Several years later, another frog who had once been human was said to have hefted a sliver of Uru that broke off Mjolnir in that story, transforming himself into the tiny Frog of Thunder, Frog.
Jarnbjorn, The Iron Bear
Thor wasn't always worthy enough to lift the Mjolnir, and during his centuries as a hot-headed arrogant brawler, he had another weapon of choice when it was time to go damage some frost-giants. An ax named, Jarnbjorn. This is Norwegian for Iron Bear, so the name is rather fitting. This weapon is almost as tough as Mjolnir, and it's a good thing too.
When Thor doubted his own worthiness and found himself unable to lift it, Mjolnir found a new wielder in the form of a mysterious female version of Thor. The Odin's son took up Jarnbjorn once again, because to a man without a hammer, every problem looks like he could probably solve it with an ax.
The Ultimate Mjolnir
Regarding visuals, the MCU's version of Stormbreaker doesn't seem to resemble Beta Ray Bill's hammer although it has the same basic shape. There seems to be a striking resemblance to the version of Mjolnir by Thor of the Ultimate Universe. If you're not familiar with it, Ultimate Marvel was a publishing imprint that kicked off in 2000 with a more cinematic style.
However, the characters didn't take long to diverge pretty wildly from their chore universe counterparts. With Thor, readers were initially meant to be unsure whether he was a mythical God brought to Earth or a delusional but extremely handsome mental patient. Either way, his suit, and hammer were technological, not magical at first.
Eventually, his "godhood" was confirmed, and it was revealed that the techno-Mjolnir that he carried was designed to look like his memories of his actual Godly hammer. The Ultimate Universe was eventually destroyed, but the hammer found its way to the core Marvel Universe where it wound up in the hands of the extremely unlikely Vulstag, who was transformed into War-Thor.
The Cinematic Stormbreaker
Thor's quest for a new hammer is a major plot point in the Infinity War, and it lifts a lot from the comics. In this version Nidavellir is a forge in space, orbiting a dying star, and the hammer forged by Eltri is basically an upgraded version of Mjolnir. In additional to the usual flying and smashing, it also gives Thor the ability to control the Bi-Frost, which was previously the property of only Handles word.
There is one more really cool thing about the MCU Stormbreaker though. In the representation of the desperate parts of the MCU coming together in Infinity War, the hammer is literally built from pieces of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While the heads were forged from Uru and Lecavalier, the handle was made from Groot's arm, bringing everything together.
Wow, what a lot of weaponry! We hope you enjoyed reading this fascinating insight into Thor's hammer and armory as much as we loved sharing it with you. Remember to share this with your friends and family, and keep up-to-date with us for more MCU scoop.