In Thor: Ragnarok, which almost feels like it was released a lifetime ago, Thor’s character was essentially reinvented. With that reinvention came a journey of self-discovery, with the character being literally and figuratively stripped of who he was in previous films. In the more literal sense, Hela destroyed Mjolnir which had been an integral part of Thor’s identity for centuries. This was an interesting moment of the film since upon rewatching Thor: Ragnarok, it’s very noticeable that neither Thor nor Loki were seen collecting the several fragments of Uru metal.
This would be something you’d expect Thor would want to address considering the importance and potentially dangerous capabilities of Uru metal. So how does this fit into Avengers: Endgame? Well in the spirit of every movie connecting in unexpected ways to the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, let’s look at the major ways Uru has been used for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.
The most prominent usage of Uru metal in the MCU was with Mjolnir, as it’s Thor’s infamous weapon and sometimes symbol representing him. Due to its magical properties and natural durability, it was considered the most powerful material for weapons by even Odin himself. Presumably due to its magical affinity, Uru weapons can enhance the user’s natural abilities along with forging telepathic connections of the user. This was seen by how Thor could summon Mjolnir without verballing commanding it to return to him. Mjolnir was also shown by Odin to be capable of channeling spells or enchantments. Besides the enchantment placed on Mjolnir, Thor even used magic to disguise it as an umbrella during his visit to New York.
The second and potentially most devastating usage of Uru was by Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet. The Uru metal seemed to connect with the Infinity Stones, as it would attract them into slots as a magnet does with certain metals. The Uru metal was capable of sustaining the power of each stone but melted under the energy output of all six stones being used at one time.
The weapon opposite of the Infinity Gauntlet is Stormbreaker. This was indicated as intentional both in canon and within the writing team as according to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it was said Eitri’s Dwarven magic while creating the molds and forge for both objects is why Stormbreaker can easily overpower the Infinity Gauntlet.
So how would the remains of Mjolnir potentially connect with Avengers: Endgame? Well based on the previous usage of Uru it would be interesting to see The Avengers collect the Uru to make a new weapon against Thanos. Whether it’s a weapon closer to Stormbreaker or another Infinity Gauntlet, it would be interesting to see how Mjolnir’s remains would tie into the final act of the Infinity Saga.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tony Stark attempt to repair Mjolnir, however it’s unknown if he could recreate the environment needed to conduct such an operation. If utilized for a new Infinity Gauntlet, it would be interesting to see if there’s enough for an entire Infinity Gauntlet or if it would be a smaller device. The other option would be making this hypothetical gauntlet out of Uru and another metal.
Since Wakanda has Vibranium, it’d be interesting to see what type of weapon or device could result from using both metals together. Vibranium has been shown in Black Panther to have mystical aspects to it as well which could make it a complementary metal for enchanted weapons. That could potentially produce a stronger version of an Infinity Gauntlet or even a weapon to make certain characters more even in power when facing Thanos again.
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