After Hela had destroyed Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, Thor was unarmed in Thor: Ragnarok and he still defeated the Goddess of Death. His father, Odin had made him realize that the power is within him and not the Mjolnir. He got help the Revengers- Loki, Hulk, and Valkyrie. Thor had ordered Loki to release Surtur who blew then Asgard to dust.
Thanos is not just a God. He is the most powerful creature and is hell-bent on destroying half of the universe. Hela may have been powerful and Thor defeated her with his bare hands but battling Thanos is surely more difficult.
Thor had realized that Thanos is too powerful and he killed his brother Loki and Heimdall. There was no way for Thor to beat Thanos without a weapon.
In the third act of Infinity War, he had come to Wakanda for helping Captain America, Black, and the Avengers and safeguard the Mind stone and he took down a whole lot of the alien army. He then stabbed Thanos with the Stormbreaker, and Thanos almost died.
Spoilers for Infinity War ahead.
When Mjolnir had been destroyed by Hela Infinity War had indicated that Thor may get a new weapon, everyone had speculated it would be the Jarnbjorn, the axe which Thor wields in The Unworthy Thor series.
Most of Thor’s arc in the movie shows him being defeated by Thanos and he saw his brother die and Thor swore revenge on the purple villain. Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy and Groot and Rocket accompany him to Nidavellir, the Norse Dwarven realm.
They find out that the rings of Nidevellir are frozen and one Dwarf remains. This is Eitri played by Peter Dinklage, and they decide to work on a new weapon and restart the rings.
It is there that Thor discovers the Stormbreaker. He was holding the door to allow Star’s energy to heat the forge. He had to take massive quantities of heat (equivalent to awakening a dying star) to be able to activate the weapon. It could have killed him, but he was a worthy Asgardian warrior who was born to wield the ax.
But what is this new weapon which is wielded by Thor?
In the comics, Stormbreaker is a hammer wielded by Beta Ray Bill, the alien warrior who had fought Thor and earned the God of Thunder’s respect.
The Stormbreaker became Beta Ray Bill’s weapon in battle. It has stayed in the same shape all throughout the issues with a blunt edge and a sharp edge. In one issue though, Beta Ray Bill had gained the Power Cosmic and it then became more ax-like. Then in another issue, the Skrulls had broken down this hammer into two to be wielded by Super Skrull.
In the movie, Stormbreaker was a prototype which Eitri had designed for Thor. Thor comes to Nidavellir and finds out that everyone for except Eitri is dead. They then restart the Forge and create the Stormbreaker.
Stormbreaker shares nothing but a name with the comic book counterpart. The abilities are different and can channel Thor’s lightning energy much more efficiently. It has the ability to summon the Bi-Frost and teleport Thor.
The Mjolnir is not as durable as the Stormbreaker which may take a direct attack from the Infinity Gauntlet.
Avengers: Infinity War is currently screening in theaters near you. It is directed by Joe & Anthony Russo aka Russo brothers who are famous for handling big comic-book ensemble movies (Civil War is phenomenal work by Russos). It is produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including God of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo etc. The screenplay has been written by a talented duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The ensemble cast is breathtakingly amazing as there are some of the biggest Hollywood stars working together under Marvel banner including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), PomKlementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), CobieSmulders (Mariah Hill).
The official film synopsis reads:“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
‘Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.’