Mjolnir vs Stormbreaker – Which Weapon Is More Worthy of The God of Thunder
The God of Thunder is as well known as his weapon he carries around to his battles. Up until now, the Mjolnir was the weapon of choice for Thor Odinson. It not only allowed him to defeat Frost Giants and even the Hulk, it was actually what made him the God of Thunder. Without Mjolnir, Thor is just your average Asgardian. Without Mjolnir, he was literally reduced to nothing more than a gladiator in the fighting rings of Sakaar. Hela really did a number on his powers in Thor: Ragnarok. Then came Stormbreaker.
Stormbreaker is the mythical axe that has been heavily featured in the Norse mythology as Thor’s weapon of choice. It made a mark in Infinity War (and on Thanos) when the hammer tore a Gauntlet sized hole in Thanos’ chest. Not even the six Infinity Stones banding together could stop its momentum.
So the question that now arises is – Is the Stormbreaker more powerful than Mjolnir? Or was Mjolnir more powerful than Stormbreaker? Mjolnir or Stormbreaker – Which weapon is more worthy of the God of Thunder….
First appearing in Thor in 2011, the hammer is better known as Mjolnir was the preferred weapon of choice of the Norse God of Thunder. Thor Odinson has been using Mjolnir since 1500 years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe put things into perspective. Thor can use Mjolnir to summon lightning or use it to create a Thunderstorm to repel an entire alien armada.
The Mjolnir hammer can do a lot more stuff. It can create a tornado and affect the weather around it. It can be used by Thor to give himself the power of flight. All Thor needs to do is wing it in the direction he wants to travel and BAM.
Mjolnir also has the power of Recall in the movies. It can come back to its wielder every time Thor throws it away. Mjolnir also has a rudimentary form of sentience. It can judge whether the wielder is worthy of holding it simply via touch.
The Hammer known as Mjolnir first appeared in Thor (2011). The official synopsis for the movie reads:
As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods’ enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty.
As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.
The MCU says that the hammer known as Mjolnir was forged by the Dwarves in the heart of a dying star. The comics take a different route. Not only was the forge used in creating the hammer specially designed, but also was the metal used in making it.
The Uru metal is an Asgardian resource that has several properties that are borderline supernatural. The Uru metal used for Mjolnir was used by Odin to trap the energy of the world’s first cosmic storm. Let that sink in. Mjolnir houses the energy of a storm with the destructive force to destroy the entire universe.
Although the MCU never explicitly states that facet of Mjolnir’s origin story, it has been heavily implied in the MCU movies that it is indeed the case. The fact that Mjolnir gave Thor the ability to produce lightning before he could even tap into his own powers to generate it helps us further our point. All in All, Mjolnir is a weapon fit for the Gods. It has all the necessary prerequisites.
The Stormbreaker made its first official debut in Infinity War. After Thor ends up stranded in space when Thanos wipes out his people and kills Loki, the God of Thunder and King of Asgard is picked up by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Inside their ship, Thor convinces Rocket and Groot to follow him to Nidavellir, the realm of the Asgardian Dwarf Smiths. It was Nidavellir that used the energy of a neutron star to power the furnace that gave Thor his Mjolnir hammer.
Thor intended to use the Nidavellir forges to create another weapon. Eitri, the only survivor of his people after Thanos kills every last Dwarf except him to ensure their skills cannot be used again, proposes that Thor use a weapon that he was working on. Stormbreaker is just a prototype but it will have to do, says Eitri.
The Stormbreaker is created after Thor opens the Forge and undergoes excruciating pain as the energy of an entire star burns through his skin. The pain was worth it as the Stormbreaker is forged from the fires of a star, with Groot slicing his own arm to provide a handle for the Uru Mounts of the two halves of the Stormbreaker. Well, he landed in Wakanda and slaughtered Thanos forces with the weapon. Finally, he stabbed the Mad Titan into the heart but it wasn’t enough.
Stormbreaker, in the comics, was wielded by Beta Ray Bill, not Thor. When Thor first encountered Beta Ray Bill, an alien warrior trying to defend his people, Thor was so moved by his display of honor and valor on the battlefield that he asked Odin to forge a hammer similar to Mjolnir and gift it to the alien warrior. Stormbreaker was forged in a fashion similar to Mjolnir. Beta Ray Bill then obtained the power of Thor when he wielded the Stormbreaker.
In the MCU, Beta Ray Bill’s name never makes it to the movies. In Thor 3, his face could be seen on Planet Sakaar. And that was it. There was no other sign of him. All we knew that Beta Ray Bill exists (or existed) in the MCU. So nobody expected Thor to wield a hammer with a name that coincides with Beta Ray Bill’s hammer.
And yet the MCU surprised us. The Stormbreaker was forged by Eitri on Nidavellir with the help of Thor, Groot and Rocket. It is a relatively new weapon with abilities yet to be revealed in full in the MCU. For the relatively short screen time it had, it managed to create a ripple large enough that the entire world took notice.
So the final question is – Which weapon is worthier of being held by the God of Thunder??
The answer might surprise you a bit. While Stormbreaker can do things we have never seen when Thor wielded Mjolnir, the Mjolnir is not something to be taken lightly as well. In the battle, both are worthy candidates. But only one takes the prize. So which is it?
The answer is – Mjolnir. Stormbreaker has abilities that Thor couldn’t even dream of possessing before when he held the Mjolnir. But before Ragnarok, Thor wasn’t even truly a God. He relied on Mjolnir too much. It was only in the latter stages of Ragnarok that Thor realized his true abilities. He could fight Hela, the woman who crushed Mjolnir with her bare hand, to a standstill.
So when Thor wielded the Stormbreaker, apart from the ability to open the Bifrost, every scene you see is actually Thor using his own innate God of Thunder abilities. And if you still think Stormbreaker is more powerful, listen to this.
For 1500 years, Thor has had Mjolnir at his side and he stayed undefeated. That was before he realized he is not the God of Hammer but of Lightning. Had he had Mjolnir in his hands instead of Stormbreaker, the outcome of Infinity War would have been the same. Stormbreaker and Mjolnir are equally powerful but Mjolnir gets extra brownie points as it houses the power of a cosmic superstorm that can supercharge the God of Thunder in his times of need.