Avengers: Endgame Seeds for the Origin of Wolverine:
We recently got the confirmation from the writers and directors of the MCU that Thanos’ double bladed sword was stronger than Captain America’s Vibranium Shield. Vibrnium itself is an alien metal and Earth would have an abundance of it if Wakanda starts to export it. We’ve known that it is the strongest metal on Earth for a decade now, and yet Thanos was able to wreck it like it was nothing. Where did he get it from?
On Avengers: Endgame’s audio commentary, the creatives said:
“Markus: While vibranium is the strongest substance on Earth, whatever Thanos’ straight razor there is made out of is stronger.
Joe Russo: Well Thanos clearly knew Eitri.”
Now, it hasn’t been mentioned anywhere that when Thanos got the Infinity Gauntlet made, it was the first time he met Eitri or visited Nidavellir. Back in Infinity War, Rocket said that Nidavellir was famous for making the strongest weapons in the galaxy. Mjolnir came from those Dwarves. The Infinity Gauntlet came from there, and the Stormbreaker as well. So, Thanos clearly went to Eitri to get his sword forged when he was beginning his crusade to locate the Infinity Stones.
The creatives never really confirmed that Thanos’ sword is made out of Uru Metal. But what they said did imply that. Now we know for sure that Mjolnir and Stormbreaker are two magical weapons made out of Uru Metal. Back in the first Avengers movie, Mjolnir was totally ineffective against Vibranium. In fact, the two metals actually created an insane amount of energy clashing against each other. That didn’t happen when Thanos attacked Cap multiple times in Endgame.
Now there are two arguments that we could make out of this. The first is that Mjolnir was a hammer and that’s why Cap’s shield was able to absorb its force. But if Thor attacks Cap’s shield with the Stormbreaker with the same force that Thanos did with his Razor, he might be able to cut through the shield as well. That would leave the bottom line somewhat like this – Mjolnir, Thanos’ blade and the Stormbreaker are all made from the same metal, i.e. Uru. It’s a valid argument since the blade did swing back to Thanos just like Thor’s two weapons.
But if you notice, the creatives never really say the name of the metal that Thanos’ blade is made out of. They just said that Thanos knew Eitri. Now this brings us to our second argument, i.e. what if Thanos’ blade was made out of Adamantium? What if Eitri used a different element than Uru? The sword did react differently to the Shield this time than it did back in the first or the second Avengers movie. Cap even deflected the hammer off of his shield in Endgame and it was the same as the previous 2 times. So, that brings us to think that Thanos’ blade could be made out of Adamantium.
In the comics, Adamantium is said to be a stronger metal than Vibruanium because its atoms are much closely held towards each other than Virbranium. So, Adamantium can cut through Vibranium but Vibranium cannot do the same with Adamantium. Comicbook.com points out that Thanos’ sword was left lying on the battlefield if it didn’t disintegrate with him and his army. So, it could have fallen into the wrong hands if the Avengers didn’t get their hands on it.
Marvel will have to work out a new origin story for Wolverine. Since the mutants haven’t existed in the MCU until now, they’d have to bring the Weapon X program to the present timeline if they don’t bring mutants in through the Multiverse. That could be done by using Thanos’ broken sword. It could be the only source of Adamantium on Earth and the government could use it to experiment upon Wolverine later on in the future of the MCU.
Kevin Feige confirmed at Comic-Con that the X-Men will be very different from what we’ve seen till now. Wolverine certainly is a major property for Marvel and they will want to put a great deal of focus on the animal. We’d have to wait and see who Marvel casts as Wolverine and what route does Marvel take to bring the mutants into the picture. Wolverine’s origins could certainly get a bit complicated because he hasn’t been around for 150-200 years in the MCU. That’s the version that comic books and Fox’s X-Men movies have established. But Marvel will seemingly take a different approach to introduce him. The way that Endgame sets it up could be quite amazing as it will keep Wolverine’s roots strictly to the MCU and give us a new spin on the same old.
But We’d obviously have to wait a bit to see that because the X-Men might not show up until Phase 6. Here’s what Feige said in the past upon the development of the X-Men Movies:
“It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.