Avengers: Infinity War: What's Thor Wielding in New Concept Art?

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There were many details to glean from Marvel Studios' first look at the making of "Avengers: Infinity War," from comments by the producer, stars and directors to confirmation, through concept art, that the Guardians of the Galaxy will indeed meet Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

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That illustration depicts Rocket Raccoon fighting side by side with Chris Hemsworth's god of thunder, who's gripping a long-handled weapon that -- alas! -- is obstructed from our view. Mjölnir, Thor's enchanted hammer, typically has a shorter handle, which raises a couple of questions: Is that Mjölnir? If not, what happens to the weapon between the events of "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Avengers: Infinity War"?

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One theory is this weapon is Jarnbjorn, the ax Thor wielded before Mjölnir. It has seen a rise in visibility over the past few years after Thor became unworthy of lifting Mjölnir in the Marvel comics. Also, "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi recently shared an image that appeared to reveal both Jarnbjorn and Mjölnir resting beside Thor.

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Does Thor somehow become unworthy during the events of "Thor: Ragnarok" and is forced to pick up a new weapon, or did the "Infinity War" concept artist simply take some liberties in rendering the size of Mjölnir? We may have to wait until the release of "Thor: Ragnarok" to find out.

Arriving Nov. 3, “Thor: Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” opens May 4, 2018.

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