Thor Theory: Love & Thunder Secretly Created A Stronger Groot

One new theory about Thor: Love & Thunder suggests that a new, stronger Groot might be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Thor's infamous hammer, Mjolnir, was destroyed by Hela during Thor: Ragnarok, viewers were introduced to his replacement weapon in Avengers: Infinity War: Stormbreaker, a huge battle-ax said to be a "king's weapon" that can harness the power of the Bifrost. While Stormbreaker has been Thor's trusted weapon since Infinity War, one theory suggests that the ax might have a stranger future in the MCU.

Stormbreaker made its debut during Avengers: Infinity War, intended to be used as a weapon against the Mad Titan Thanos. After the Battle of Earth in Avengers: Endgame, Thor keeps the ax as his primary weapon on his journey with the Guardians of the Galaxy and in his battle against Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love & Thunder. Before his fight with Gorr, though, Thor plants Stormbreaker in the ground and resigns himself to a peaceful life away from being a superhero. Obviously it isn't long until Thor, God of Thunder, digs up the ax and heads back into battle, revealing that roots had begun to grow on the bottom of the ax's handle. This is a little call-back to Stormbreaker's creation, during which Groot uses his own arm to form the handle. This also poses a question about the ax's potential.

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Guardians of the Galaxy revealed that even just one twig from Groot's body has the potential to grow an entirely new (and adorable) Groot. Since viewers have now seen Stormbreaker's handle grow roots when planted, it stands to reason that the ax's handle could eventually grow into a Groot of its own. This theory comes with huge repercussions for the future of the Thor franchise and the MCU as a whole, and could completely flip the balance of power upside down.

Why Thor: Love and Thunder's Stormbreaker Grows Roots

Thor Love And Thunder Planted Stormbreaker

Before Thor gets into action in Thor: Love & Thunder, he is prepared to hang up his cape and live a peaceful life, planting Stormbreaker in the ground and hiding away until he's called back into action by Peter Quill and Mantis. While it's not revealed how much time had passed, when he finally unearths the ax, viewers are gifted a small gag as it's shown that the wooden handle had started to grow roots. While this moment fits in well with the comedic tone of Love & Thunder, it also provides a shock at seeing Stormbreaker apparently following the same rules as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.

It can be easy to forget that Groot is the creator of Stormbreaker's handle as the scene took place in the middle of the intense and action-packed Infinity War. After the original Groot sacrificed himself in Guardians of the Galaxy, another version of him was able to regrow from a single twig, and since Stormbreaker's handle is practically just one large Groot branch, it makes sense that the handle could also grow. All audiences have seen of this so far has been the growth of roots, but it can be assumed that the handle could continue to grow exponentially until another Groot is formed.

The MCU Groot Is A New Creature

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Audiences fell in love with Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and then again with Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, thanks in part to Vin Diesel's fantastic voice performance with only one repeated line of dialogue: "I am Groot." Many assumed that, after his sacrifice at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot would grow back as the same adult version that viewers had become familiar with. However, James Gunn revealed on Twitter that the "first Groot is dead," adding that "Baby Groot is his son." While it's sad to say a final goodbye to the original Groot, it's interesting to learn that Groots can be born simply by trimming a twig.

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Since it has been confirmed that Groot could easily replicate himself, it can be assumed that Stormbreaker would eventually have grown into a Groot too. There is some differences in opinion at Marvel Studios about whether Baby Groot has the memories of his older counterpart, with Marvel chief Kevin Feige believing he does, but James Gunn disagreeing. It does seem that Baby Groot remembers his family, even calling Rocket his dad as he turns to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, and shares the same dedication to them as the original, so perhaps any Groot that grows from Stormbreaker would also share these memories.

How Stormbreaker Can Become A New, Stronger Groot

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While it's entirely possible that Stormbreaker could grow into another Groot in the MCU, the ax has certain properties that would make this new Groot an incredibly powerful addition to the franchise. Before it's creation in Avengers: Infinity War, Eitri the Dwarf stated that Stormbreaker was rumored to be able to harness the power of the Bifrost, which was later confirmed when Thor, Groot, and Rocket us the ax to join the Avengers in Black Panther's Wakanda. With the power of the Bifrost coursing through Stormbreaker, perhaps any Groot that grows from the ax would also be able to freely travel through the Bifrost.

This power update for the character would create one of the strongest characters in the MCU. Viewers have already seen that Groot is practically impervious to normal weapons and has many hidden abilities, proven by his final scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy. This means that not only would a Stormbreaker Groot have these same powers, but he would also be able to use the Bifrost to travel across the universe or enable others to do so - and even open the Gate to Eternity. Since Thor is confirmed to be returning to the MCU in the future alongside his new adopted daughter, Love (who now wields the ax after Thor: Love & Thunder), this Stormbreaker development would be fun to explore in future Thor films.

2022-08-06T10:44:07.000Z

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