This week, Marvel Studios released an official video, which gave viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. One interesting thing we see in this video is a piece of concept art that shows the Asgardian Avenger Thor and furry Guardian of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon fighting together. The illustration shows us that the mighty Thor’s choice in weapon in Infinity War is not his trusty hammer Mjolnir, but rather what seems to be the axe he used in his youth, called Jarnbjorn.
In the comics, Thor has been without his trademark hammer since 2014, in the “Original Sin” story arc, when a man called the Unseen—who is an altered version of Nick Fury—whispered something to Thor (we don’t know what it is) that caused Thor to feel unworthy of holding the hammer. Since then, he has gone by the name Odinson and used his ax Jarnbjorn. He’s been appearing in a comic series called “Thor the Unworthy” ever since.
Does the concept art from the video indicate that Marvel may be planning to utilize this story? After all, Thor: Ragnarok may very likely be the last Thor film starring Chris Hemsworth. The two-part Infinity War movies could be the last time we ever see Hemsworth as Thor again. If this is the case, it’s not hard to imagine that Marvel is thinking of a replacement. Could they be thinking of having Beta Ray Bill or Eric Masterson or Jane Foster as the next Thor? If so, that could be why they are taking the famous hammer off the old Thor…to give it to a new one.
Will something that happens in Thor: Ragnarok make him unworthy? Possibly his hammer will play a part in the Infinity War storyline and he needs to be separated from it before the Avengers sequel starts. Having him be unworthy to hold it means it will be left somewhere, unguarded.
Marvel has adapted stories straight from the comics before. Captain America: Civil War was a comic book story that sold very well. There are going to be elements of “Planet Hulk” in Thor: Ragnarok, and of course, there is the “Infinity Gauntlet” story which will play out in Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet.
This is all very speculative, of course, and there could be many reasons why Thor isn’t holding his usual hammer in the illustration. Still, it’s fun to theorize about.