So, spoiler alert guys! If you haven't watched the Avengers: Infinity War then you better stop reading here. Unless... you have the desire to know what's the hidden meaning behind this ad hoc team in the title. I've carefully thought about it and came up with an interesting idea!
Somewhere in the last third of the movie we can see the scene when Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot arrive from Bifrost to the battlefield in Wakanda and thus change the momentum of the battle. Just before their arrival it seemed that the monsters of Thanos were prevailing. But the aforementioned trio brought much needed fresh blood and turned the tide of battle.
Thank God (Thor), we can say! His new weapon, the Strombreaker proved to be the real deal! Essentially, we are talking about the big axe that can open the Bifrost and allow Thor to wield the power of Odinforce, the mystical universal power granted only to the kings of Asgard. And now that Odin is not among the living any more, Thor is a legitimate new king, no doubt about it.
At the beginning of the movie we could see Thor defeated by Thanos. Since we haven't seen the actual battle, only the end of it, we could assume that Thor couldn't use his power to the full extent, due to the destruction of his home planet, the Asgard. As we know, he was drawing his power from Asgard, so its destruction must've made him weaker than what we saw of him at the end of Thor: Ragnarok movie.
His father's spirit emboldened him then, at the difficult moments, telling him that he's even stronger than Odin himself. Then he used the Odinforce for the first time and struck his evil older sister Hela with a giant thunderbolt.
Now, after he was defeated by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, he wanted to avenge his brother's and friend's death and tap into Odinforce again. And to do that, he needed to acquire a new weapon, the one that can restore his power to the fullest. That weapon had to be made in the Nidavellir, the home of the Dwarves, the forgers. The Dwarf Eitri helped him, and the Groot sacrificed his hand in order to make a handle for the Stormbreaker. Also a very powerful scene in the movie, the music in this one is nothing short of a masterpiece.
So, by using the Stormbreaker, Thor is helping Avengers and Wakandian forces to dismantle the forces of Thanos. Rocket and Groot are doing their part too. But, what actually made me write this article was the thing I was thinking about last few days. The image of trio's arrival to Wakanda and the symbolism behind it.
When the energies and dust of Bifrost cleared, we could see the man, the animal, and plant. Rocket was standing on Thor's shoulder, but that's beside the point. The important, underlying message that we can see here is the one of unity between the mankind, fauna (animal world), and flora (plant world).
It is essentially the message to all of us to safeguard our planet and his animal and plant potential. To live in unity with nature and to do our best in stopping its destruction and pollution. It wasn't so obvious to me when I first watched it, but later, when I was thinking about it, it became more and more clear.
Now, there is one more thing to add here. The one we cannot simply overlook, although it isn't so obvious. It's the fact that Thor had one artificial eye. That is yet another powerful message that I'd like to address. To me it means that in preservation of our planet we must use the technology and not to be used by it.
Thor's artificial eye sends out the message that the power of technology, if rightfully harnessed, can be an excellent force for good. It can give us the proper insight into better treatment of our environment. That's it, in a nutshell! I had this idea in my mind lately and wanted to write something about it. I can't claim that this is what the movie writers had in mind, but it is actually how I saw it. And I don't think I'm wrong about this.