In Endgame, Thanos quickly used the lightning ax Stormbreaker to attempt to stab Thor in the chest. The problem is that the villain Thanos doesn’t seem to have any problems using this weapon.
So why was Thanos able to use Stormbreaker to harm Thor in Endgame? Let’s find out the reason below!
1. Stormbreaker has been “understood” by Odin Odin like Mjolnir
In the beginning, Mjolnir was also not under any special enchantment. Later in Thor 1, Odin “understood” Mjolnir so that the hammer could only be used by those who were worthy. Even Thor is not worthy to wield the hammer Mjolnir in Thor 1. Specifically, when Odin banished Thor from Asgard, he kept Mjolnir with him and cried out: Whoever holds this hammer, if he is worthy. worthy, will possess the power of Thor. Meaning that if the hammer finds someone worthy, that person will be able to use it, regardless of physical strength.
And you know, Thor has never cast Stormbreaker with the same enchantment as Mjolnir. So it’s not surprising that Thanos was able to use this weapon to injure Thor. That is, only those deemed worthy of the Mjolnir hammer can use it, but this same rule does not apply to Stormbreaker.
2. Russo brothers also replied that Stormbreaker has no conditions if you want to use it
The Russo Brothers have also emphasized since 2018 that Stormbreaker does not require any conditions if you want to use it. Specifically, in 2018, someone asked: “In the Infinity War spoof scene, can Groot lift Stormbreaker. So is Groot as worthy as Thor?”
The Avengers Twitter account posted the Russo brothers’ answer, specifically: “Mjolnir needs to be worthy enough, but Stormbreaker is not”.
3. Stormbreaker seems to have not been used yet, the criteria are not worthy.
According to Thor in Infinity War, not everyone can use weapons from Nidavellir. In the dialogue between Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor in Avengers: Infinity War, Thor wants to go to Nidavellir to create a weapon so powerful that it can kill Thanos. At Nidavellir, the character Eitri helped Thor create Stormbreaker. Eitri states that Stormbreaker is “a king’s weapon, the greatest in Asgard, and it can even summon Bifrost.”
Thor also once answered Peter Quill when he asked people if they should take the weapon: “No. You don’t have the strength to use it. Your body will crumble and your mind will go crazy. .” If Thor is correct, then Stormbreaker’s only limit may be whether the user is strong enough to wield the Nidavellir weapon.
Which we all know that Thanos is strong, so strength might not be an issue for him. More interestingly, Steve Rogers also had some time holding Stormbreaker. So Steve can not only use Mjolnir, but can also use Stormbreaker. But of course, Steve is a special person and this is also recognized by Mjolnir.
While Stormbreaker hasn’t shown the kind of problem Thor has talked about in Infinity War so far, there’s another Nidavellir weapon that we know of as the Infinity Gauntlet that does. This weapon can really harm the user when used with full Infinity Stones.