The first Avengers: Infinity War trailer brought down the planet, literally. There were so many things going on in just a short amount of time, it’ll take days to break down and cover. Cap’s new beard, Loki and the tesseract, Vision’s human form and much, much more. But there’s one specific character and his whereabouts/action from the trailer that I feel should be talked about, Thor.
There’s very little of him in this trailer. And other than that unbelievable moment that teases his meet-up with the Guardians, his scenes are of himself. Hopefully Infinity War doesn’t leave Thor off on an island like Avengers: Age of Ultron did, but following the events of Thor: Ragnarok, it would make sense for Odinson to have a little hiatus for one major reason.
It’s not much of a spoiler as it was revealed in the trailer, but Thor’s hammer is no more. Mjolnir bit the dust in Ragnarok by the hands of his long lost sister Hela, the Goddess of Death. Fast forwarding to Infinity War, he no longer has his hammer or his right eye, so what the hell is he doing in the new trailer? The trailer images show Thor aboard some kind of machine like contraption, where he’s going full beast mode and either holding something together and making something happen. I personally am falling with the latter, and more specifically, the recreation of that oh so loyal hammer.
First off, I think the destruction of Mjolnir was one of the best things Marvel could’ve done to the character. It stripped him of who he was and made the character evolve into something completely new and different, which is exactly what the character needed. He became to repetitive and almost a bit boring, and with a dude like Chris Hemsworth in the role, that just can’t happen. But back to the real point.
Do I have anything to base this off of? No, not at all. So why does it make sense? Well for starters, Thor without his hammer just sounds and look weird. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what director Taika Waititi did with Thor at the end of Ragnarok and how his powers evolved into something more than just a hammer throwing God. The way it looked and more importantly used was incredible, and hopefully we’ll be seeing much more of that in the near future. But he’s not going to be fighting a bunch of zombified Asgardians in Infinity War, he’ll be going toe-to-toe with the best of the best, and he’s going to need some help.
Now if we look at the shots from the trailer, which you can see scattered through this post, he looks to be kickstarting some kind of machine. Now it can be argued that he could also be preventing something, but for the sake of this argument let’s go with the former. What if that giant space contraption he’s attending to is actually recreating the worthiest object in the universe? It’s highly likely, not just because it makes sense for Thor to have his hammer in the biggest fight of them all, but because Mjolnir has come and gone plenty of times in the comics. Now the question is why would Marvel retcon one of the biggest aspects of Ragnarok?
I do agree that brining back Mjolnir becomes another Agent Coulson situation, where the meaning of it in real time means absolutely nothing when it returns in the blink of an eye. But the journey Thor took in Ragnarok, after the fall of his trusty friend, may be the exact reason why Marvel and the Russo Brothers decided to do it. The catch with Mjolnir is that he/she who wields it must be worthy, and to this point we’ve only Thor and Vision do so, not to mention a little wiggle from Captain America. Anyway, what if the plan behind Ragnarok was to strip Thor of everything he had and recreate his worthiness? He found new life, new meaning, and more than ever he seems fit to not just be the King of Asgard, but worthy to wield Mjolnir.
If done correctly, it would be pretty badass to both bring back the universe’s most powerful hammer and round out the complete arc Ragnarok set out to make. Whether or not this will actually happen and we’ll see the return of Mjolnir, Thor is now one of the more exciting characters in the MCU, again. Ragnarok sparked new life into him and in the hands of the Russo’s, who have proven what greatness they can do with characters, Infinity War should feature some great moments from the God of Thunder. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4th, 2018.