Why Groot Can Lift Thor's New Hammer, Stormbreaker, But Not Mjolnir

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Avengers: Infinity War is a film filled with fan-favorite moments. One of the most popular comes late in the film, when Thor and Eitri combine their efforts to forge the God of Thunder's new weapon, Stormbreaker. Once the blade is forged however, Eitri struggles to find a handle for the axe -- and this is where Groot comes in, who picks up the two pieces of metal to create its handle with his own wooden arm.

The sequence is appropriately amazing, and it sparked the fan theory that, since Groot picked up the pieces of Stormbreaker, that he was worthy of the magical Asgardian weapon, like Mjolnir before it. However, some were quick to point out that the enchantment of worthiness was only ever on Mjolnir. Still, some fans would continue to argue that the sentient tree was worthy.

Finally, the directors of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo, have put the debate to rest. While answering fan questions on Twitter to celebrate the digital release of Infinity War, the Russos were asked if Groot was worthy, like Thor and Vision. "Mjolnir requires worthiness, not Stormbreaker," the brothers confirmed, concluding the matter.

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However, that doesn't meant that Stormbreaker is a weapon that is easy to wield. In a follow-up question, the Russos were asked who else was able to wield the powerful axe, considering that, in the film, Thor told the Guardians of the Galaxy that attempting to use Stormbreaker would destroy them. "There are few people as strong as or stronger than Thor," the directors answered, "and you know who some of them are."

This would mean that while Stormbreaker doesn't require worthiness to be lifted, it does still require a great amount of strength to wield. The fact that the Russos went on to add that fans know who some of the characters capable of using the weapon are suggests that the directors have considered the answer before.

This could mean that we might see other another Avenger wield Stormbreaker in Avengers 4. Our money's on Steve Rogers.

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin. The film arrives Aug. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray.

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