With comic book movies being all the rage in this day and age, every studio is looking to get their piece of the pie in terms of box office results. Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the cream of the crop in terms of putting out a product that people eagerly await and sprint to theaters to see. Thor: Ragnarok marks the third entry into the Thor series and the 17th overall entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is slowly approaching its 10-year anniversary. While the first two movies elected for a more serious tone, Thor Ragnarok has decided to crank up the hilarity factor, and if early buzz is any indication, Thor: Ragnarok will quickly become one of the most popular and beloved entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Boasting an incredible returning cast of characters, as well as some fresh faces, Thor: Ragnarok packs just as many laughs as it does punches, and director Taika Waititi firmly hit the nail on the head with this film. Guardians of the Galaxy marked a dramatic shift in tone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Thor: Ragnarok falls right in line.
Marvel is renowned for cramming their movies full of Easter eggs for comic book fans to spot while watching the film, and we were able to track down 15 hard-to-spot Easter eggs that you definitely missed. While some are more obvious than others, these Easter eggs will have you running back to the theater to give the film another watch.
15. Obedience Discs (World War Hulk)
Seeing an obedience disc being used on the big screen brought me so much joy, as the story World War Hulk is one of my all-time favorite Marvel storylines. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is quickly tagged with an obedience disc by Valkyrie, and she is able to shock and nullify him at her leisure. The discs play a relatively important part in the film in terms of getting gladiators to willingly compete, and this is taken directly from the comics. In World War Hulk, the Hulk returns to Earth with a number of champions from Sakaar to inflict damage on the Illuminati who cast him off into space. The Hulk’s use of obedience discs gets the Illuminati to compete against his champions.
One of the coolest parts of World War Hulk is the fact that he chose Madison Square Garden as the location for his gladiator matches. The technology that makes up the obedience discs is incredibly advanced, and Tony Stark himself wasn’t able to figure it out.
14. Fenrir Foreshadowing (Duran Duran)
This Easter egg may have been one of the subtler ones in the film, and unless you’re a fan of a 1980’s pop music, you probably didn’t catch this. When the Hulk finally converts back to Bruce Banner while he and Thor are in the quinjet, Bruce Banner quickly looks for a set of clothes to throw on so that he doesn’t walk around nude. He and Thor are able to find a pair of clothes that Tony Stark had left in the Quinjet, and despite having to wear overly tight pants, Bruce Banner is also forced to wear a shirt that features the cover for that album, Rio, by the band Duran Duran. The album was a smash hit back in the 1980’s, and it features one of the group’s biggest hits “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
In the third act of the film, the final battle is taking place, and Bruce Banner is trying to remain out of it. Once he spots Fenrir, the oversize wolf, making his way across the Rainbow Bridge, he turns into the Incredible Hulk and takes on the beast. The Duran Duran shirt that Banner was wearing was a nice bit of foreshadowing for what he would have to do.
13. Sakaar Introduction (Willy Wonka)
Coming to Sakaar for the first time can be a life-changing experience for beings looking to start a new life, and it can also be a terrifying experience for those who wake up disoriented not knowing where they are. Unfortunately, for our favorite Norse god, the latter was the case, and when Thor finally came after being brutally taken out by the Valkyrie, he finds himself strapped to a chair which is making its way down a long hallway. This scene gives the audience an introduction to his new home, and if you were to listen too closely to the song that was playing while Thor was making his way towards The Grandmaster, you might notice a very familiar tune.
The song that is playing is “Pure Imagination,” which is one of the most popular and recognizable songs from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “Pure Imagination” was a perfect choice for this particular scene in the movie as it introduced the audience and Thor to a new world, although not everything in Sakaar is edible like in the chocolate factory.
12. Xandar (Guardians Of The Galaxy)
Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie responsible for changing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and director Taika Waititi gave a shout out to one of the film’s locations in Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor assembles his team, he is doing his best to head back to his home on Asgard. All hell is breaking loose, and Hela and Skurge are working diligently to reshape the world the way they see fit. While Thor and Valkyrie are formulating their plan, she suggests that they head to nearby Xandar. If you have watched Guardians of the Galaxy as many times as we have, then you remember that Xandar is home to the Nova Corps who are in possession of the Power Stone.
Even though the location wasn’t shown in the film, hearing a familiar name no doubt put a smile on fans’ faces. With Avengers: Infinity War looming, expect to see Xandar as Thanos attempts to get his hands on all of the Infinity Stones.
11. Precursor To Infinity War
For those of us who are impatient, we quickly jumped on the opportunity to watch the Avengers: Infinity War trailer that leaked at Comic-Con earlier this year. Because we know that you had no self-control, we can go ahead and proceed with a brief moment that occurred during Thor: Ragnarok that ties directly into the events that are sure to unfold in Avengers: Infinity War. Towards the climax of the film, we see a scene in which Loki walks by the Tesseract while attempting to resurrect Surtur to take out Hela and destroy Asgard.
In the teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, there is a brief shot of Loki handing over the Tesseract to Thanos so that he can place the space down into the infinity gauntlet. The scene of Loki walking by the Tesseract in Thor: Ragnarok was a nice tip of the hat for the events that are to come next May when Avengers: Infinity War finally hits theaters. If only Marvel would hurry up and release the trailer.
10. The Fake Gauntlet (Thor)
The events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have slowly but surely built towards the Infinity Gauntlet storyline playing out on the big screen. It is considered by many to be the quintessential Marvel Comics storyline, and fans are anxious to see how the infamous story will look once the film hits theaters. Marvel has had a unique way of covering their tracks as the MCU has plowed ahead, and fans with a keen eye have spotted the Infinity Gauntlet once before. In Thor, there is a brief moment when the Infinity Gauntlet is visible to viewers. But unlike the classic version of the Infinity Gauntlet from the comics, the one that can be found in Odin’s vault is shaped for the wrong hand.
Director Taika Waititi made sure to give a nod to this Infinity Gauntlet in a scene where Hela is walking through Odin’s vault. As she is casually strolling through, she walks near the fake gauntlet and slapped it off its perch, saying “fake” in the process.
9. The Cameo
Fans who have been closely following the Marvel Cinematic Universe knew that while Thor was away trying to save Earth, Loki had secretly taken over the throne and Asgard. Odin’s location remained one of the biggest mysteries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his whereabouts were finally addressed in Thor: Ragnarok. Once Thor learned that Odin isn’t the one sitting on the throne, he returns to Asgard to investigate the situation. Upon his arrival, he sees a crowd gathered around a play that is unfolding. The theatrical production was a retelling of Loki sacrificing himself in Thor: The Dark World, and Thor quickly realizes that Loki was pretending to be Odin.
If you looked closely enough, you would have noticed that the stage actor tasked with playing Loki looked awfully familiar. It was revealed that the actor who is playing Loki is, in fact, Matt Damon, and his cameo in the film was both brief and hilarious. Stan Lee may be the king of cameos, but Matt Damon is giving him a run for his money.
8. Point Break (The Avengers)
The last time that we saw the Quinjet was during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron when Hulk decided to hop aboard and take himself away from Earth. He recognized that his destructive tendencies have a penchant for doing more harm than good, and he unceremoniously exiled himself from the Avengers. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and the Hulk are able to have a conversation, and the Hulk reveals the whereabouts of the Quinjet on Sakaar. Thor heads over to the Quinjet in an attempt to fire up the engines and make his way back to Asgard. In order to unlock the Quinjet, he has to use a voice password, and he claims that he is a number of different people, including “Strongest Avenger.”
It isn’t until Thor uses the name “Point Break” that he’s able to access the system. This name is a direct reference to the movie Point Break, and it is also a name that Tony Stark called Thor back in The Avengers. It was one of the funniest references in the film, and it just goes to show you the attention to detail that Marvel puts into their product.
7. Thor Tastes Loki’s Pain (The Avengers)
One of the most memorable moments in The Avengers happened when the Hulk and Loki came face to face for a confrontation inside of the Stark Tower. The Hulk, after listening to Loki, run his mouth about how powerful he is, grabs Loki by the legs, and repeatedly smashes his body into the floor before saying, “puny god.” The moment provided viewers with a moment that was as brutal as it was hilarious, and Thor: Ragnarok seized a brilliant opportunity to have a call back to moment. As Thor and the Hulk are engaging in gladiator combat, the Hulk is able to grab Thor by his legs and pound him into the ground, just like he did to his brother.
The moment sends Loki into a frenzy, and he was visibly excited to see if Thor taste just a little bit of the pain that he was forced to endure in the events of The Avengers. Needless to say, neither of the brothers has fared very well against Hulk in hand-to-hand combat. Then again, no one really does.
6. Scrapper 142 (Incredible Hulk #142)
Talk about paying tribute to the source material. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made sure to give a tip of the cap to the comics from which these stories are based on, and one moment in Thor: Ragnarok gave a shout out to a character’s origin. In the film, Valkyrie is referred to as Scrapper 142 by those who are familiar with her. We learned that she was actually a member of a group called The Valkyrie and that she had escaped the wrath of Hela and left Asgard. With her new name and new identity, she was free to live life by her own accord, although this usually centered on bringing The Grandmaster new challengers and drinking her life away.
Hardcore comic book fans are aware that in Incredible Hulk #142, the comic book world was introduced to the character. Her designation as Scrapper 142 may have seemed random, but we should all know that Marvel always has something up their sleeve. We saw something similar in the film Ant-Man when Darren refers to Ant-Man’s exploits as “Tales to astonish,” which is a direct reference to the comic series where Ant-Man got his start.
5. The Collector (Thor: The Dark World)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe spans a number of different worlds and planets, and connecting them all slowly but surely has proven to be a tough task for Marvel. One of the earliest and more obvious connections that fans were able to see involved The Collector. His first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came at the end of Thor: The Dark World when he was the recipient of the Aether, better known as the Reality Stone. The Collector is once again seen in the film Guardians of the Galaxy when they attempt to hand over the Orb, which serves as the Power Stone. These two groups of people, though coming from very different places, helped connect to the universe, thanks to their interactions with The Collector.
Once the Thor: Ragnarok trailer was released, fans noticed a similarity between The Collector and The Grandmaster in terms of their appearance. In the film, The Grandmaster does, in fact, announce that he and The Collector are brothers. Considering that he survived the end of the film, we sure hope that the brothers are eventually reunited on the big screen.
4. The Sun’s Going Down (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
Getting the Incredible Hulk to calm down is a near-impossible feat, and few people possess the calming nature to be able to get the Hulk to revert back to Bruce Banner. We are introduced to the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok as a gladiator champion who has dismantled his competition one by one. Thor does his best to get the Incredible Hulk to calm down by using a very familiar set of words. The verbage used by Thor is the same that was used by Black Widow when she would try and get the Hulk to turn back into Bruce Banner. She was one of the few people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who had the temperament and the courage to slow down the green giant.
As Thor and Bruce Banner are making their way through Sakaar, Thor does his best to make sure that Banner doesn’t Hulk out, and he repeatedly uses the phrase to the point of annoyance. Banner may have not been happy with him, but he was able to keep his wits about him and not turn into the Hulk.
3. Beta Ray Bill
In the comics, Thor: Ragnarok is a storyline that includes an appearance by the character Beta Ray Bill. He is an incredibly popular comic book character who has yet to make an official appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Due to his participation in the storyline in the comics, fans were hoping that this film would be his introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Beta Ray Bill did not make an outright appearance in terms of participating on screen, his face was visible on multiple occasions.
On a tower where the Grandmaster’s most beloved champions were being celebrated, you can clearly see Beta Ray Bill. Many of us would have preferred that he had an actual role in the movie, but it was still an absolute treat to see his face in Thor: Ragnarok. Now that Thor’s hammer has been destroyed, it will be interesting to see if Beta Ray Bill ends up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his signature hammer. This could set up a hilarious exchange between the two of them.
2. Thor Turned Into A Frog
Admittedly, this was one of the few Easter eggs in the film that genuinely caught me by surprise. While Thor is having a conversation with the Valkyrie, he spends some time talking about some of the tricks that Loki has played on him over the years, including a hilarious story that involves Loki turning into a snake and stabbing his brother. Comic book fans lost their minds when Loki briefly mentioned a story in which he turned his brother into a frog. This story is directly derived from the Walter Simonson Thor run which is regarded as some of the best work for the character.
The story itself is incredibly ridiculous, but it has become a fan favorite over time. The mentioning of Thor being turned into a frog just goes to show you that Taika Waititi did his research when preparing to make the film. There has also been a character in the comics named Throg, but we are more inclined to believe that the story was a reference to Walter Simonson’s comic book run.
1. The Revengers
This is an example of an Easter egg that was used in both the trailer and the film. Nevertheless, it was a nice nod to the comics by director Taika Waititi. While attempting to escape Sakaar and head back to his home in Asgard, Thor is seeking the help of the Hulk and Valkyrie. The Hulk is a familiar face that is instrumental in combat, and Valkyrie is an Asgardian with a warrior past. While trying to assemble his team, Thor announces that his team is called the Revengers. Now, this may seem like a joke on the Avengers, but there is more than meets the eye to this Easter egg.
In the comics, the Revengers are a team of powerful beings, much like the Avengers. In fact, the Revengers have even had Wonder Woman lead their ranks, something that most people would have never thought possible. Other notable members have also included Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man.
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