WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
It's safe to say that most fans in theaters had trouble staying seated when Thor made his grand entrance on the battlefield of Wakanda in the climactic battle of Avengers: Infinity War. The God of Thunder spent most of the film trying to find himself a new weapon that could take on Thanos and, with the help of Eitri the Darf King of Nidavellir, Thor now had Stormbreaker, a brand new ax to swing at the Mad Titan.
Not only could this new weapon summon the Bifrost, taking Thor from one corner of the universe to the other, it also demonstrated great power by slicing through the blast of the fully-powered Infinity Gauntlet to embed itself into Thanos' chest. How was the ax able to counter the raw power of Thano's Gauntlet? Well, Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have the answer.
In an in-depth interview with Collider, the writers were asked if Stormbreaker was more powerful a weapon than the Gauntlet, and Markus and McFeely made sure to clarify that the ax sliced through the power of the Gauntlet, and not the actual metal of the glove itself. "I imagine it has something to do with the fact that the same guy made both of them," Markus said, referring to Eitri, the Dwarf King played by Peter Dinklage. "It's dwarfen magic."
"Eitri can make what he likes for whom he likes," Mcfeely added, comparing the built-in weakness of the Gauntlet to that of the Death Star from Star Wars. It therefore appears that Stormbreaker and Infinity Gauntlet stand almost on on equal grounds when it comes to power levels.
It actually makes a lot of sense that two weapons who were created by the same smith are able to go head-to-head with one another. The Infinity Gauntlet may house all the Infinity Stones, but it was still made Eitri, whom we know created the most powerful ax in all of existence in Strombreaker.
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.