Pack your bags and battle those screaming horses, as we prepare to ride the Goat Boat to New Asgard for Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s hammer time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Taika Waititi prepares for her second outing with the God of Thunder. Alongside Chris Hemsworth’s long-haired hunk, Thor Odinson is forced to share the screen with his ex, thanks to the long-awaited return of Natalie Portman.
Jane Foster proves herself worthy as Mighty Thor, and assisted by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, the trio face their toughest challenge yet. After defeating Frost Giants, Dark Elves, and even a Death Goddess, it all comes down to Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale) deciding to rid the universe of all gods and their self-inflated egos.
With the usual cocktail of comic book source material and new adventures, Thor: Love and Thunder continues the comedic tone established in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok but ups the stakes. Like any Marvel movie, there are enough Easter Eggs to make your own hearty breakfast with Thor’s signature panflaps. If you were too distracted by Hemsworth’s *uh* assets, here are the Thor: Love and Thunder Easter Eggs you missed.
Forget a pantheon, how about an entire wiki dedicated to the mythologies assaulting our senses in Love of Thunder? When the first trailer came out and previewed Russell Crowe’s Zeus, we knew Waititi would be exploring Greek mythology. This whirlwind tour didn’t stop there, and to be honest, we could make quite a list of those who appeared here.
It was a who’s who of different mythologies, with all the Egyptian, Mayan and Wakandan gods taking their place. You’ll spot Celestials watching outside, and yes, that’s Bast the Panther God sitting in front of Valkyrie and Jane. Other stars include Bao, the god of dumplings, and the god Kronan called Ninny of the Nonny sitting on a throne of scissors…get it?
Knull and Void
We don’t have much history of the Necrosword before Gorr retrieves it and cuts off the head of an Aztec god. In the comics, the Necrosword was introduced in a Thor series, then later given its own origin in 2018’s Venom #4. Here, the Necrosword was revealed as All-Black – the very first symbiote.
The villainous Knull wielded All-Black and set a precedent for symbiotes being used as weapons. Strangely, And… If? Confirmed that Hela’s Blades were Necroswords, however, the MCU versions are clearly different from the comics and don’t appear to contain any symbiotes. Here are those Venom crossover theories.
To eternity and beyond
Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the MCU has dipped its toe into the more cosmic side of the MCU. During the climax of Love and Thunder, we visit Eternity, which is an immortal being rather than a place. Before Gorr gets his wish for Eternity, we see a temple honoring some of the oldest powers in the universe.
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There are statues honoring What If…? Uatu the Watcher, Death, Infinity, and the Living Tribunal who was briefly seen in Multiverse of Madness. Since Eternity, Infinity, Death, and Entropy were the four entities that forged the Infinity Stones, they all make Thanos look like one of Ant-Man’s ants.
The cast of Asgard
There were cameos galore in Love and Thunder, and while we’re bummed that Jeff Goldblum’s grandmaster was cut, there were plenty of A-list appearances. Upon their return from Ragnarok, a trio of stars played Loki, Odin and Thor. Returning for more, Matt Damon, Sam Neill and Luke Hemsworth are respectively.
There’s a sense of irony that the oft-forgotten Luke Hemsworth is playing Thor and recanting from the events of Ragnarok. Cate Blanchett’s Hela was a big part of that story, and before the curtain drops, we get this long-running cameo from Melissa McCarthy. Sporting the horns and evil laughter of Hela, she is New Asgard’s own acting Goddess of Death.
Long live Loki
Thor has lost A LOT in his 11 years in the MCU, with Jane Foster now etched on the list of fallen heroes. One of the most tragic deaths was Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who kicked the bucket (for real) in a noble sacrifice at the start of Avengers: Infinity War.
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A 2012 version of Loki escaped with the Tesseract to rule Loki from Disney Plus and likely meet Thor at some point, but as far as Thor goes, the God of Mischief is dead. When Zeus bares Thor in Omnipotence City, we see a giant tribute to Loki. The tattoo features symbols such as Loki’s horns, the words “RIP Loki” and a broken heart.
A cold reception
Even though we’re well past the impact of Blip and Thanos, the Mad Titan is immortalized in New Asgard by an ice cream shop called Infinity Conez. The pun pays homage to the Infinity Gauntlet – with a giant candy-covered ice cream to represent each of the Infinity Stones.
Infinity Conez has become a point of contention among fans, as some have pointed out that honoring the madman who tried to wipe out half the galaxy was a bit odd. As we said on Twitter, it would be a bit like opening an ice cream shop in memory of Hitler.
Another hole in Thor’s heart is the loss of BBF Heimdall. Idris Elba reprises his role in the second post-credits scene to tease Thor 5, but back in the realm of the living we meet Heimdall’s son. Thor knows him as Astrid, but now this rebellious teenager is called Axl. Rock music is the lifeblood of Love and Thunder, and just like the soundtrack to the film “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, Astrid’s new name is a tribute to Axl Rose.
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Axl’s bedroom is a shrine to Guns N’ Roses, but you’ll also spot a poster for a rock metal band called Mad Titan as a nod to Thanos. Much like Gorr’s daughter, Axl harnessing the same powers as her father teases her future MCU potential. We’re watching you, Young Avengers.
The old Thor cast makes a triumphant return thanks to Stellan Skarsgård’s Eric Selvig and Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis crossing paths with Jane. However, the big surprise is Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif. After playing a major role in the first two films, Sif was MIA when it came to Ragnarok.
If so abstaining was probably better because you’ll remember that the Warriors Three were killed by Hela. Thor responds to Sif’s distress signal and finds her near the slain beast, Falligar. She’s a bit worse for wear and is missing an arm, but by the time we get to the end of the film, Sif is helping train young Asgardians. Watch out for her in the unmissable Thor 5.
keep it in the family
There were plenty of kids in Love and Thunder, but two mean more to our lead actor than most. During Korg’s opening monologue, we saw a Thor grow into the man we know today. Hemsworth has two twins called Tristan and Sasha, and in this blink-and-you-miss-it cameo we see a running Tristan.
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Family ties don’t stop there. With a much larger role, Gorr’s daughter is played by India Rose Hemsworth. The film ends with Thor and his adopted daughter, Love. If you’re wondering how the pair have such great momentum, it’s because Hemsworth is probably used to their tantrums in real life.
The second post-credits scene is one that really sets the stage for the future of more mythologies in the MCU. After discovering Zeus survived a lightning bolt through his chest (go figure), Olympus’ big boss turns to his son for help. Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein plays Hercules – who shouldn’t be confused with Disney or DC characters of the same name.
Introduced in 1965’s Journey Into Mystery Annual #1, Hercules is a good match for Thor and wields a golden adamantine mace as a weapon. Similar to Age of Ultron introducing Wanda Maximoff, expect Hercules to stick around for a while.
Besides being a longtime enemy of Thor and a potential LGBTQ+ hero, Hercules has led his own comic book series and even becomes an Avenger later on.