In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor gets Stormbreaker, and uses it to summon the Bifrost, bringing him, Rocket and Groot to Wakanda to fight Thanos' troops. But how did Thor know that they were in Wakanda, he didn't even know Wakanda existed, and Heimdall was dead so he couldn't direct him?


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There are multiple options

1. Energy Signature

Thor must have tracked the energy signature in the battle with the help of Rocket.

From a similar question in Quora

At the end of the movie in the post credits scene we see Maria Hill and Nick Fury driving in a vehicle discussion an energy signature that it coming from Wakanda, one that is 10 times stronger than the signature from New York “Avengers 1”. Since rocket was with Thor let’s assume he has technology capable of tracking energy signatures in the same way Fury can buy at a much higher capacity. I would say this is the way Thor knew to go to Wakanda. Rocket traced energy signatures all over earth and found the greatest one coming from Wakanda.

2. Spotted Battle

During the battle Thanos army did fly a large number of spaceships just outside Wakanda. It is possible that he and Rocket located these alien ships and decided to go there.

3. Tracked Mind stone

We already knew that Banner traced the Space stone / tessarract using radiation. Thor could have told something about the mind stone that helped Rocket trace it. It is to be noted that Thor knew somethings about the mind stone and has seen it before.

  • It seems unlikely that given the implied distance between Earth and where Thor and co where that they would be able to track any of these things by just using the pod that they were in?
    – E_McAndrew
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 13:47
  • @E_McAndrew That sure is. Forgot that they were in a pod. Rocket could have used some tech available with Eitri though. It could be possible that Thor first teleported to a known location in Earth before teleporting to Wakanda.
    – Kolappan N
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 14:52
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    Yes the teleporting to a different location first sprung to my mind as well. Probably not as effective a scene though to have the music blaring and they appear in the center of a fruit market!
    – E_McAndrew
    Commented Oct 24, 2018 at 14:59
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    While the image of Thor, Rocket and Groot first appearing at some random location is truly funny, I would put forward that they might have first aimed for Avengers HQ. Nobody's home. On a planetary scale, it is now easy to detect the alien energies and furor in Wakanda
    – Blaze
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 15:09
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    @Blaze there might even be a Jarvis sister/brother program be running that could tell a registered Avenger where the rest is... Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 0:11

It seems that other uses of the Bifrost have been able to target a person rather than a location, e.g. in the first Thor movie the Destroyer armour and the Asgardians arrive near Thor rather than at a specific location.

It's possible he targeted the Bifrost at Thanos rather than a specific location.

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    Are you sure they target Thor in the first movie? If I remember correctly a lot of the film takes place there with Thor being sent there so it is most likely he would be there. Heimdall had already sent The Warrior's Three there too, as he can see Thor, so it's likely he sent them to the nearby location rather than to Thor. Been a while since I've seen Thor mind you but I got the impression it wasn't sent to Thor but rather the location.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 15:10
  • at the end of the first thor movie they say something like, 'too the bifrost' and run to the spot the destroyer landed suggesting there are specific points that a bridge can be opened. of course, pretty every other occasion is just heimdall targeting a person directly
    – mgh42
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 6:01

I think there are two aspects to this question, "why did Thor go to Earth?" and then "how did he know to go to Wakanda?" The first is pretty clear and answerable but I'll include it to be complete, the second is still speculation but we can make some educated guesses.

Why did Thor go to Earth?

This is pretty clear cut, we know Thor knows where all the Infinity Stones are except for the Soul Stone which no one knows about because of what he tells the Guardians.

Gamora: How do you know he's not going for one of the other Stones?

Thor: There's six stones out there. Thanos already has the Power Stone because he stole it last week, when he decimated Xandar. He stole the Space Stone from me when he destroyed my ship and slaughtered half my people. The Time and Mind Stones are safe on Earth. They're with the Avengers.

Peter Quill: The 'Avengers'?

Thor: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Mantis: Like Kevin Bacon?

Thor: He may be on the team. I don't know. Haven't been there in a while. As for the Soul Stone, well, no one's ever seen that. No one even knows where it is. Therefore, Thanos can't get it. Therefore, he's going to Knowhere. Hence, he'll be getting the Reality Stone. You're welcome.

Avengers: Infinity War

Given the Guardians went to Knowhere that leaves him and his team to go to Earth to check on the state of things there. And of course he knows the Children of Thanos have gone to Earth because Thanos tells them to in front of him.

Thanos: There are two more Stones on Earth. Find them, my children, and bring them to me on Titan.

Proxima Midnight: Father, we will not fail you.

Avengers: Infinity War

This begs the question of why he wouldn't go to Titan? Well he doesn't know if the Avengers have been successful in protecting the Stones yet or not. Better to go to the source of the attack and maybe help in defending the Stones and then onto Titan than go to Titan then to Earth and miss the attack altogether.

How did he know to go to Wakanda?

There's no direct evidence on this one but the Russos by way of the official Avengers twitter kind of answered this one. The answer that was given is more of an answer to the previous question but does answer this too.

@Jason__infinity: How did Thor , rocket & groot know about the battle going on in wakanda ? #VuduViewingParty @Avengers

@Avengers: Thor knows Thanos is going after the Stones, and he knows that there are Stones on Earth, so that's what leads him to Wakanda. - Russo Brothers #InfinityWar #VuduViewingParty

Twitter, @Avengers, 2018/08/04

How it leads him to Wakanda isn't specified but we have a couple of options that are most likely, both of which were mentioned in this answer.

  1. He tracked the energy signature. If Hill and Fury can do this, and have been doing it for a few years at least, Rocket should be able to do it easily. He loves his tech and has access to a lot of it from Nidavellir.

    Maria Hill: Multiple bogeys over Wakanda.

    Nick Fury: Same energy signatures as New York?

    Maria Hill: Ten times bigger.

    Avengers: Infinity War

    Of course it's worth noting that they are tracking this with satellites over Earth but that doesn't mean Rocket, who is smarter and has access to more advanced tech and materials, can't create a handheld device.

  2. They spotted the battle on the way in. There is at least one Q-Ship in orbit around the planet during the Battle of Wakanda right over the place. This lets out the Outrider Dropships into Wakanda which should be somewhat easy to spot. On top of that multiple get let down through the battle so he could have noticed them still going down.

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