18 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Thor”

Whether you’re watching Thor for the first time, or just watching it again in preparation for Thor: The Dark World, keep an eye out for these things you missed the first time. posted on

1. The following artifacts can be seen in the Asgard weapons vault. They are all mystical objects seen in the Marvel comics:

The Orb of Agamotto

 

The Eternal Flame

 

the Tablet of Life and Time

 

The Infinity Gauntlet

 

The Casket of Ancient Winters

 

2. Dr. Selvig mentions a comrade who got mixed up with S.H.I.E.L.D., whom he described as “a pioneer in gamma radiation”; this alludes to Bruce Banner, whose experiments in gamma radiation mutated him into the Incredible Hulk.

 

3. A deleted scene also has him mentioning Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man.

4. Stan Lee claims he’d always wanted to play Odin, but was happy with Anthony Hopkins’s casting and performance in the role.

5. Jim Carrey was a candidate for the role of Loki since The Mask, which indirectly featured the Norse god Loki.

6. When the Destroyer appears on Earth, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents speculate that it could belong to Tony Stark. In the storyline ‘Fear Itself’, Tony Stark acquired Destroyer armor from Asgard.

7. The Norwegian village seen in the flashback in Thor is the same one the Red Skull invades to steal the Cosmic Cube in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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8. Jane lends Thor a shirt left behind by an old boyfriend with a name tag on it that reads “Donald Blake M.D.”, which is Thor’s human alter-ego in the old comic books.

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9. The Earth town where most of the film is set is named “Puente Antiguo”, which means “old bridge” and could be hinting at the Bifrost using it as a frequent destination point.

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10. As Thor is leaving the restaurant to go to the crater site and Jane follows him, you can see a small water tower at the end of the street that says “Welcome. Home of the Vikings.”

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11. There is a billboard in the town advertising for New Mexico tourism with the slogan “Land of Enchantment - Journey into Mystery”. “Journey into Mystery” is the title of the Marvel comic book where Thor made his debut.

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12. J. Michael Straczynski, a writer who worked on the “Thor” comics, appears as the first person to try to lift Mjolnir.

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13. Stan Lee, the creator of Thor in 1962, appears as the truck driver who attempts to tow Mjolnir out of the crater it landed in.

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14. Walter Simonson, a comic book writer/artist whose work on “Thor” was highly renowned and acclaimed, has a cameo appearance in the banquet scene near the end of the film, sitting next to Sif.

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15. When Marvel Studios selected Branagh as the director, they sent him the complete collection of the Thor comics as reference material for the character.

 

16. Tom Hiddleston found Loki’s helmet very uncomfortable, as it was heavy to wear and he couldn’t see properly out of it. He channeled this discomfort into Loki’s battle scenes.

17. Three physicists from the Science & Entertainment Exchange provided scientific background for the film, which resulted in changing Jane Foster’s profession to a physicist, and use of the term “Einstein-Rosen bridge” to describe the Bifrost.

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18. The post-credits scene was directed by The Avengers director Joss Whedon to connect his film with this one.

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