THOR: THE DARK WORLD: Selvig's 'Convergence' Notes Explained; More Stunning Concept Art

Featured in the Art of Thor: The Dark World book is Erik Selvig's blackboard notes on the science behind the Convergence that nearly destroyed earth, with some nods to the Marvel Comics Universe!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 11/21/2013


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An unused concept illustration for the Thor sequel by Peter Popken


Concept art by Charlie Wen


Concept art by Paul Catling


Concept art by Paul Catling


Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor. The film is produced by Kevin Feige, while executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters on November 8, 2013.
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Prime - 11/21/2013, 7:51 PM
There is science behind this?
Prime - 11/21/2013, 7:52 PM
Oh yeah....Thor is an alien here...
MercwithMouth - 11/21/2013, 7:53 PM
An interesting mixture of real world physics theories and well crafted Norse-like mythology.
DrDoom - 11/21/2013, 7:55 PM
Awesome stuff.
MercwithMouth - 11/21/2013, 7:56 PM
I think basing the legend of Thor more in sci-fi than fantasy is a good idea. They need to desperate Marvel's Thor for Norse Thor. Otherwise people might be looking at Loki as the inhabitor of a strange wooden mask that turns an everyday banker into a crazy, rubber faced superhero!
MercwithMouth - 11/21/2013, 7:57 PM
Separate not desperate...
BritishMonkey - 11/21/2013, 8:09 PM
Fascinating.
Tainted87 - 11/21/2013, 8:11 PM
Hehehe.... so the Dark Elves were Engineers? I guess that makes sense.
GliderMan - 11/21/2013, 8:15 PM
I just want more Loki.
McNyagano - 11/21/2013, 8:17 PM
That looks awesome.
JuanCobble - 11/21/2013, 8:30 PM
My sister came from the theater and as a regular movie viewer (not involved with deeper comicbook/videogame/tvmedia themes like everybody in this page) she doesnt like the movie, she say that the things pass very fast, and hate why thor/everyone else didnt feel sorry for the deaths in the movie, and says that the ending is to convoluted.

she didnt like ironman 3 either

both in the other hand my 10 year nephew love it except the ending
OverlyManlyMan - 11/21/2013, 8:35 PM
I could kick Thor's ass with my mustache
ALmazing - 11/21/2013, 8:37 PM
I think the coolest thing about Marvel's cinematic Thor is that they use a lot of Ancient Astronaut Theories to explain Norse Mythology.

npamusic - 11/21/2013, 8:58 PM
what am I looking at here? what is "explained", confused!!!!!!!!!
ALmazing - 11/21/2013, 9:09 PM
@JuanCobble, what are your sister's thoughts on Man of Slaughter? I am not even going to ask about your nephew because it would be really irresponsible to take a 10 year old to watch MoS.
Scorpion8125 - 11/21/2013, 9:31 PM

I got some convergence in my pants when Jaimie Alexander was onscreen.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

AGoodHonestMan - 11/21/2013, 9:39 PM
Ahh...whoever came up with all this, umm cool.
Emjeed - 11/21/2013, 9:48 PM
Okay.. So i think It's cool and all but I thought in the first movie Thor said Asgard was the center of the nine realms? what changed?
MightyZeus - 11/21/2013, 10:11 PM
Amazing concept art and amazing attention to detail.
aztecRaingod - 11/21/2013, 10:21 PM
Terrific acting, pretty good SFX...but man, this plot/story was just garbage and the movie was poorly edited.
Ramiel - 11/21/2013, 10:32 PM
Emjeed - 11/21/2013, 9:48 PM
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Okay.. So i think It's cool and all but I thought in the first movie Thor said Asgard was the center of the nine realms? what changed?

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Midgard was always the center, hence why it is called MIDgard.
SecNotSure - 11/21/2013, 10:48 PM
I noticed a lot of this during the movie, but I didnt see the reference to the Fault (Cancerverse!) and the Nexus of all Reality. Now please give me a proper Man-Thing defending the Nexus :)
Buzzdee - 11/21/2013, 11:19 PM
Very fascinating. I really would to know which crew-member designed the content of the board? Just to develop all that stuff must be mind-blowing.
Ace101 - 11/22/2013, 2:35 AM
what @FlamingCarrot said.
MarVell - 11/22/2013, 4:19 AM
EpitomeofAwesome - 11/22/2013, 4:47 AM
That Charlie Wen one is my wallpaper now
GodzillaKart - 11/22/2013, 4:48 AM
Very cool. I would like for them to explain (create) a more thorough explanation of the mythology/science overlap in the third film. So far they have done a good job, especially with the Rainbow bridge/Wormhole bit, which was brilliant.

The connection of the nine realms and the world tree has never really been explained, just hinted at. For example, I'm not entirely sure if Asgard is in another dimension or just far away in space.
FerFogs - 11/22/2013, 4:54 AM
Loved the movie.

And the whole science / magic thing is [frick]IN BRILLIANT. General audiences (and also fans, to be honest) would never buy, at the time the 1st Thor movie came out, a totally magic-based hero living in the same universe as Tony Stark.

I know, I know we're getting Dr. Strange, some might say. But that's after people getting used to the unknown and accepting unnatural things as natural onscreen. For example, a friend questioned how Asgard has water and atmosphere without being spherical. That could be explained by gravity inducers, just like planned in space stations. With a [frick]in advanced technology, so perfect and seemless it seems magical.
GodzillaKart - 11/22/2013, 6:12 AM
@ALmight: Thanks for posting that link. I'm gonna check it out.
dougieisrollingthejays - 11/22/2013, 6:19 AM
WHy is everyone so mad that he isn't a "god"? Look at the comics, he's the exact same as he is here. He controls lightgning ect. Only difference is they are calling him alien instead of god. Big difference.
NitPicker - 11/22/2013, 6:36 AM
@dougieisrollingthejays

It's mainly the principle. He has always been referred to as a god in the comics. The title of the comic is Thor: God of Thunder.

If you look at the recent Thor comics (God Butcher and God Bomb). The story doesn't make sense if Thor isn't a god. In that story an alien prayed to his gods after constantly falling on hard times. His gods didn't answer his prayers and he began to resent them. Eventually, one of his gods was killed an fell to the surface of his planet. The alien was somehow given powers by the god (I don't remember how). The alien then began killing gods throughout the universe.

That story doesn't work if Thor is also an alien. If the gods are just aliens, then why are only specific types of aliens being targeted?
Enphlieuwince - 11/22/2013, 6:37 AM
They've been around for many years and they are extremely powerful beings. Aliens or not, it is very easy to assume that they would be revered as gods back in the time of the vikings. So, relax. They can be both if it makes it easier for some of you.
Floke - 11/22/2013, 6:38 AM
Anyone know if the 9 realms are all in the Milkyway, all across the universe or other dimensions? In some theories about the norse myth it is belived that Milkyway is Yggdrasil (it looks like a trunk of a tree). Is the 9 realam just a few worlds that are connected somehow and the worlds of Thanos and gotg? (Didnt TheOther say that the Tesseract was on a human world; Not THE human world but A human world??)
NitPicker - 11/22/2013, 7:08 AM
@Floke

I'm not 100% sure, but I always assumed that the 9 realms were not part of the same physical space as our universe, but they weren't exactly different dimensions either. I assumed they were just different realms.

I remember seeing picture that showed The Milky Way galaxy and The Andromeda Galaxy in one of my Annihilation hardcovers. I just tried to find it but I can't. The picture pointed out various alien home worlds in the Milky way and it pointed out the Skrull homeworld which is in the Andromeda Galaxy. I don't remember seeing Asgard in the picture.

I always assumed that you HAD to go through some type of portal to get to Asgard or the other realms. I don't think you could just get into a space ship and take a trip to Asgard.
NitPicker - 11/22/2013, 7:11 AM
@Floke

Also, There are other dimensions like The Negative Zone which aren't part of the 9 realms. Which leads me to believe that Asgard isn't just another dimension.
Humby - 11/22/2013, 7:38 AM
I always considered the 9 realms to be "dimensions within dimensions." In other words, there can be an infinite numbers of parallel dimensions, but within each one of those exists it's own version of the 9 realms. But just like a parallel dimension, you can't travel between them by simply moving throughout space or time. Some sort of portal device, like the bifrost, must be used.

The dark elves, however, appeared to simply fly their spaceship from realm to realm. So I guess since dark elves existed before most other things in the 9 realms, you kind of just have to assume that they too have some sort of portal device on their ships.
Vartha - 11/22/2013, 7:44 AM
Vartha here,
Mod of Thunder from the Hype.
If you look at the credits of Thor, Yggdrasil is a NEBULA in space that's shaped like a Tree. Thor basically drew it out in Jane's book and Erik REDREW that on the Chalk board.
In the MCU, they are taking the Nine Realms and making them Physical Worlds.
Asgard, Nidaveller, Alfheim, and Vanaheim at the top of the tree.
Midgard/Earth, and Jotunheim in the Trunk of the tree where the main Branch merge from.
Muspelheim and Hel are in the roots of the tree. Niffleheim is there too I'm not sure in which location of the roots tho
dougieisrollingthejays - 11/22/2013, 7:54 AM
I think the nine realms are simply planets in this universe. Which i'm fine with, as long as they make Hel what it really is. However I don't think there is much of any way to travel between them because they are so far away. Like just millions of lightyears, maybe not even in our galaxy.
Vartha - 11/22/2013, 7:58 AM
I'm curious about Hel and Valhalla. We SAW Frigga's essence seemed to get sucked into some stars above Asgard. I would assume the same would happen to others for Hel and Niffelheim
siggisuperman - 11/22/2013, 8:10 AM
I like Marvel and DC Frick me right ? I know people who didn't enjoy MoS and people who didn't enjoy Thor or IM3. Not everone is going to like the movie, that would be a world first... So chill your pants guys and sit back Cap 2, Gotg and Av2 to go ;) Then Bats vs Supes
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