THOR: THE DARK WORLD Easter Eggs

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Easter Eggs

To Infinity and... beyond? Here is a rundown of some of the eater eggs that I noticed while watching the Marvel sequel. Click on for my thoughts on them, but obviously if you haven't seen Thor: The Dark World yet..SPOILERS ahead.

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By Havenless - 11/7/2013


I'll start by saying that I will be referencing scenes in the movie that won't make much sense if you haven't seen it. It would be fun to read this now and remember these when you see the movie, but keep in mind I will be spoiling most everything, as there are tons of easter eggs throughout the movie.




1. When Loki is about to kill Kurse with the grenade, he says, "I'll see you in Hell!" Now obviously, Asgardians aren't Christians, so they wouldn't even understand the reference to hell. In reality, he's saying, "I'll see you in Hel!"... which is the name of the Asgardian afterlife. It's not a horrific place like Hades, it's simply where all Asgardians go when they die, a neutral afterlife. Most people wouldn't pick up on this little tidbit, but Marvel is pretty specific about the dialogue Asgardians use, and they would have absolutely known Loki would never reference the Lucifer Hell. So it's absolutely a little tidbit just for the comic book fans.

Loki's daughter, Hela, is the guardian of Hel. In the comics, it would be most likely that he survived Kurse by bargaining with his daughter to release him. As Loki is portrayed as much younger in the movies, I don't know if they'd go this route. He would have to have had her long before the first movie, while he is still Thor's innocent little brother. Though, having a child that's half frost giant may have freaked him out, and therefore they never speak of her. But, unlikely.



2. While Odin is explaining to Jane about the Aether while in the library, he mentions, "They are usually stones, but this one is different." He is actually referencing the Infinity Gems, which the Aether is. This is confirmed in the post credit scene, when The Collector mentions that it is one of the Infinity Stones. He asks why they didn't keep in on Asgard, and Sif says it's probably not a good idea to keep two stones in one spot, saying the Tesseract is also there. This confirms the Tesseract is also one of the 6 Infinity Gems. When Sif leaves, The Collector, in a very sinister way, says, "One down, 5 to go." This could imply that he's collecting them to create the gauntlet for Thanos. There aren't too many other reasons he'd say it like this. If he were collecting them to keep them from Thanos, he would have asked for the Tesseract as well. But it's clear he's collecting all 6, and he did not mention it to Sif. That's obvious villainy. So there's our first clue into the workings of GotG.

Now, if they do decide to go with the Time/Soul/Mind/Space/Power/Reality references, it would be obvious that the Tesseract was the Space Gem, as its main function was to allow instaneous travel anywhere in the universe. The Aether is most likely the Power Gem, as it was shown as bright red, and its main function was complete destruction. The power gem is also said to grant omnipotence even without the other 5, and that was a pretty good description of what was happening to Malekith at the end (at least a better description than any of the other 5). Finally, it's probable Loki's pokey stick in Avengers had the mind gem in it. He used it to control people, and it makes perfect sense as how it was able to breach the Space Gem's force field at the end of the movie, as it was of equal power.

The last time you saw it, it was in Black Widow's possession. Most likely it is in the SHIELD research facilities that also hold the Chitauri artifacts and the Destroyer remains. This is also verified by the Collector, as he says that Asgard only has the Space Gem now that he has the Power Gem. My one gripe about this connection is that means Thanos willingly gave away an Infinity Gem, which is ridiculous. But maybe he expected Loki to bring it back to him with the Tesseract, kind of a gambit to risk one in order to ultimately have two. Still very out of character for him. He's obsessed with the things, only to pawn one off on Loki?



3. If you notice when the guard goes to collect Loki's remains, it's the same guard Loki turned into earlier in the film. That was a pretty big wink. Also, at the end, when Odin is discussing Midgard and Jane with Thor, he's sitting on the throne very nonchalantly. Odin always sits regally, this was a very Loki-esque pose. He was slouched at an angle, just kind of chillin'. Odd to see Anthony Hopkins in that position, regardless of the character he's playing. It was very telling.



4. The Captain America cameo was in his Avengers suit, even though Chris Evans was working on Winter Soldier at the time... which uses two entirely different uniforms. This makes sense because that's the last time Loki saw him.



5. This is a big, big theory, and it's probably bogus... but stick with me here. In the comics, Jane Foster ultimately marries a human, and Thor has to choose between Sif and Amora the Enchantress to be the future queen of Asgard. He ultimately chooses Sif, which enrages Amora. Her compulsion from then on is, "If I can't have Thor, no one can," and she becomes one of his greatest foes. Now, Amora isn't in the movie. Obvious. Hthowever, I strongly doubt they'll kill Natalie Portman off in Thor 3. Now, if you remember, they set up a love triangle between Sif and Jane for Thor's affection. Odin mentions Sif is into him, and she even starts coming on to him in one scene. And then later on, she gives Jane the stink eye. I believe they will make Sif the Enchantress. There's little other reason why they would have set up those scene only not to acknowledge them later. And judging by the way they played out the Jane/Thor relationship, she's not going anywhere. Maybe a stretch, but I could see it.



6. Another small scene infused with theorycrafting: early in the movie you see Odin hesitate, as if to hold his arm, while he is giving command when the Dark Elves attacked (I think). They didn't really reference this, and maybe it was to show that he's just getting old. Or maybe it was to show he was close to the Odinsleep, which would explain why he was no where to be found by the end of the movie.



7. Kurse was able to alter Mjolnir's path on multiple occasions, which Hulk was unable to do when Thor hit him, when he tried to catch it, and when he tried to lift it. Most likely nothing important, but I just thought I'd throw that in there to jab at the 'HULK-IS-THE-STRONGEST-NO-EXCEPTIONS!!' cronies.



8. In the first Thor, Odin says something along the lines of, "By my father, and his father before him, I cast you out!" Now, in this movie, we clearly see Bor. But he's there millenia ago when the Dark Elves were abundant. If the Dark Elves came before the universe, this has to imply that fight occurred long after the universe was born, as Bor was an old man... and he had a father before him (Buri in the comics). Which then indicates the Dark Elves actually were around for a long time before they were banished, not just at the dawn of the universe. Loki states in the movie that humans die like Asgardians, give or take 5,000 years. I believe the convergeance takes place every 5,000 years (ish?), which indicates that it was at least 2 convergeances ago that Malekith was defeated, as Bor's son is now older than he was, and his grandson is already in his prime. Probably just rambling, but it puts things into perspective.



9. Heimdall could not see the Dark Elves, even when they were floating in space uncloaked. This is possibly due to the fact that they were "before his time," and he did not recognize them.



10. The rock creature Thor battles is one of the Stone Giants Thor fought in his very first comic appearance.



11. In the comics, Odin has two ravens named Huginn & Muninn, and they act as spies for Odin. They have appeared in every movie Thor has. In the original Thor, they were perched above Odin's throne when he was about to christen Thor king early in the movie, as well as by his bedside when he was in the Odinsleep. In the Avengers, they flew by as Thor was arguing with Loki atop the mountain. And finally, in Thor: The Dark World, Odin is shown listening to one on a balcony in his first appearance in the movie.



12. This one happened in a blink of an eye, but I believe there was a poster in London that read something to the effect of "Live the Journey, Explore the Mystery, etc". This is a reference to the original comic Thor appeared in, "Journey into Mystery." If someone catches what it fully says, I'll edit this to correct it.
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CPIXLEY - 11/7/2013, 9:42 PM
An editorial that isn't bitching about anything? Good job! Have a thumbs up!
AgentZero - 11/7/2013, 10:26 PM
Nice work man
TheRealDorkKnight - 11/7/2013, 10:26 PM
i thought the tesseract was the cosmic cube and the blue thing on lokis spear was the MIND gem?
TheRealDorkKnight - 11/7/2013, 10:27 PM
but yeh great read i didnt even notice all of these
Havenless - 11/7/2013, 10:32 PM
Yes, the cosmic cube is the space gem in the movies.
TheRealDorkKnight - 11/7/2013, 10:34 PM
makes sense.
PeterBenjaminParker - 11/7/2013, 10:36 PM
This was a great editorial! The best one I've read in awhile :)
Havenless - 11/7/2013, 10:42 PM
Great. Now that it's on the front page I can't edit out the various spelling errors, nor add in nber 13 about the world tree.
Grayson7954 - 11/7/2013, 10:46 PM
dont forget we totally see Muspelheim in one of the portals, surtur!!
Havenless - 11/7/2013, 10:48 PM
@grayson

I didn't catch that one , but I did see one that looked like lush green fields, which possibly could have been the home of the light elves.
Humperdink - 11/7/2013, 10:50 PM
I recognized the stone giant from the comics and animated Hulk film. I was just confused about them being in Asgard since they are from another planet and not native to it.

That giant seemed to be fighting on the side of the opposing army.
patrat18 - 11/7/2013, 10:50 PM
Saw this movie. Kind of boring with lame jokes. Overall the third best (Marvel) movie by far.
Havenless - 11/7/2013, 10:53 PM
@Humperdink

The stone giants were originally villains, plus the opposing army seemed to be made up of a lot of random races. And they were 't in Asgard, it was Vanaheim.
ThePowerCosmic - 11/7/2013, 11:00 PM
Awesome article man! A few thoughts:

2. I think Thanos gave Loki the mind gem thinking he could easily get it back if Loki failed. Both Loki or Earth don't pose a threat to Thanos...at least that's what he thought. Originally my thought was he gave him the gem knowing he would fail and that the tesseract would be put in the Asgardian treasure vault where he could open up a portal, walk in and take the gauntlet and the tesseract. We saw at the beginning of Avengers that Thanos can open portals with it even if it is not in his possession. Now that theory seems shot since the collect is either collecting them for Thanos or Thanos will seek him out and outsmart him or kill him and take them like he did in Thanos Quest.

7. My thought is that Kurse could alter Mjolnir's path because he was using a power that is even more ancient than the Asgardians themselves let alone Mjolnir.
CarlXVIGarfield - 11/7/2013, 11:05 PM
Great stuff, more like this please :)
StarkAnthony - 11/7/2013, 11:08 PM
I don't think that the staff had the mind gem, Thanos wouldn't give Loki a gem. They also said it ran on Tesserect energy, didn't they?
Dunejedi - 11/7/2013, 11:10 PM
I was thinking one of Hulk's Warbound slightly influenced the design but, yeah, rock giant makes way more sense. Fun movie and a worthy successor.
ThePowerCosmic - 11/7/2013, 11:10 PM
StarkAnthony

Good point, but it had the same properties as the mind gem. I think Thanos will transfer the properties of the 6 "Infinity Stones" into the gems in the Gauntlet when he gets them all. Otherwise he will have to carry all these awkward objects around.
121 - 11/7/2013, 11:12 PM
Unfortunately (for me) I have to see this first thing tommorrow morning as all of the Midnight showings were sold OUT!! (fortunate for all of us CBM fans as a whole!!)

But...I haven't read the article yet...can SOMEONE tell me if there are any OVERT Shakespeare references in the movie? I'll find out soon enough, but I need to know for an upcoming article I plan to do...Your comments please!
ThePowerCosmic - 11/7/2013, 11:15 PM
TDW was one of the best Marvel films! Malekith was awesome and pretty creepy. He and Kurse made for some great villains. But certainly Thor & Loki were the focus as they should be.

Top 5 MCU films so far:

1. Avengers
2. Iron Man
3. Thor
4. Thor the Dark World
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
MightyZeus - 11/7/2013, 11:19 PM
Great article and thank you for explaining some of the references and easter eggs.
Maxi91291 - 11/7/2013, 11:23 PM
Thor FDW !
This movie is great. Number 4 made me laugh so hard at the cinema.

Also can I assume that we can discuss somne mild spoilers on this thread ? or not ?
Battabing - 11/7/2013, 11:26 PM
This movie was brainless.
Captain America, you are our only hope.
Amazing512 - 11/7/2013, 11:27 PM
Finally saw Thor: The Dark World and it was incredible. Easily the best CBM this year. Seeing it again Saturday
Amazing512 - 11/7/2013, 11:28 PM
@Thepowercosmic yeah I loved it.
I'd place it right next to Avengers. Best CBM this year
TruePunishment - 11/7/2013, 11:36 PM
I loved it, way better than the first one,and I really liked that one too!
Maestro - 11/7/2013, 11:37 PM
CBM of the year. Rivals avengers for top CBM EVER.
Maxi91291 - 11/7/2013, 11:39 PM
@sKeem

It didnt but the humor was hilarious.

Mild SPOILERS


I loved the scene : "Jane! Darcy! Ian ! Selvig! Miu Miu !"


also the dinal fight scene was awesome, Jeremy Jahns called it Portal Kombat .... love it :)
Maxi91291 - 11/7/2013, 11:42 PM
@Maestro

It maybe just the fact that it is new but I agree with you. It was so epic and great, it had everything ... I actually teared up a little during the *SPOILERS* viking funeral scene where it showed hundreds of flaming arrows and hundreds of boats ...
manofmidgard - 11/7/2013, 11:43 PM
I can't wait to see this movie. for now I hafta live vicariously through spoilers! great article. now I know what nuggets to look for.

I hope the sif as enchantress theory is wrong. I really wanna see enchantress done right. I seem to recall chris hemsworth saying in an interview once that he would love to see charlize theron play the enchantress. that would be amazing methinks. thor with three gorgeous contenders for his queen, now that would be something.
Ramiel - 11/7/2013, 11:43 PM
Great movie! And Buttabing is being a troll as always.
Maxi91291 - 11/7/2013, 11:45 PM
@man

Oh man, Im sorry :( but I didnt post anything very specific but I assumed this thread was safe since the article contained spoilers
MrSundayMovies - 11/7/2013, 11:45 PM
Great article mate.
Maestro - 11/7/2013, 11:47 PM
Falls short because of the significance of The Avengers, given how something so huge had never been done before, and led to the continuation of The phases as well as DC finally making a universe. Avengers is the ultimate fan service. And I truly am a pleased fan of the product!!! From a movie standpoint, TDW is a bit more well rounded.
ALmazing - 11/7/2013, 11:48 PM
Great article! Great Easter Eggs and theories! Awesome movies.
Maestro - 11/7/2013, 11:52 PM
Top 5 cbms have changed for me.

1. The Avengers 6. Thor
2. Thor: TDW 7. Spiderman 2
3. TDK 8. BB
4. X2: XMen United 9. CAP: TFA
5. Ironman 10. Watchmen
Maestro - 11/7/2013, 11:53 PM
That did not turn out how I wanted. LOL and top 10 I meant.
loki668 - 11/8/2013, 12:00 AM
@Battabing

Now if you can't stop being a troll, you're never going to find anyone to share that soggy peanut-butter and jelly sandwich that you've been saving in your Gunsmoke lunchbox! It'll just be you in the empty playground again, like always.
Maestro - 11/8/2013, 12:02 AM
Kurse vs thor was SO BADASS!
121 - 11/8/2013, 12:02 AM
Unfortunately (for me) I have to see this first thing tommorrow morning as all of the Midnight showings were sold OUT!! (fortunate for all of us CBM fans as a whole!!)

But...I haven't read the article yet...can SOMEONE tell me if there are any OVERT Shakespeare references in the movie? I'll find out soon enough, but I need to know for an upcoming article I plan to do...Your comments please!
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