Thor: Love and Thunder is now in theatres and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts. We’ve seen it twice and scoured for all the best Easter eggs and cameos. Laden with fun pop culture references, callbacks to previous MCU films, and cameos, here are the Thor: Love and Thunder All the Best Easter Eggs and Cameos.
Note: Major spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder below.
Thor: Love and Thunder All the Best Easter Eggs and Cameos
Comic Panels come to life
This illustration from “Thor: God of Thunder,” written by Jason Aaron and drawn by artist Esad Ribic, shows Thor mourning the death of Falligar the Behemoth is recreated in Thor: Love and Thunder. Aaron served as a creative consultant on the film.
Gorr the God Butcher plans to travel to the center of the universe to meet Eternity to help his plan to kill all the gods. Gorr describes Eternity as a cosmic being that will grant him whatever he desires.
Eternity is an entity that encompasses all of the Marvel Universe along with his “sister” deity Infinity. Only The Living Tribunal is believed to have more authority.
Eternity is designed to look much as it is in the original 1965’s Strange Tales #138, as created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Gorr The God Butcher
Thor: Love and Thunder opens with the comic version of the backstory of Gorr The God Butcher. Gorr believes if he keeps his faith the gods will intervene and spare his son. The movie has been changed to a daughter.
While wandering the desert wishing for death, Gorr stumbles upon a mirage and battles Knull, acquiring the All-Black the Necrosword.
In the comics, the All-Black Necrosword is a symbiote, like Venom.
“All gods will die.”
“All gods will die,” is a nod to Gorr’s comic line, “This… is why all gods must die.”
It’s a Family Affair
The young Thor during Korg’s story is played by Tristan Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth’s son.
The Asgardian children include Sasha Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth’s daughter, Taika Waititi’s daughters Te Kainga O’Te Hinekahu and Matewa Kiritapu, and Natalie Portman’s children Aleph and Amalia Millepied.
Love is played by India Rose Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth’s daughter.
Korg as Storyteller
Korg is voiced by director Taika Waititi.
Korg tells the Asgardian children about Thor. He tells how Thor’s mother, Frigga, taught him to fight growing up and how he dated many women (including a wolf woman) before falling in love with Jane Fonda (aka Jane Foster).
As Korg tells the children how Thor lost everyone, the original Warriors Three are shown (Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), as well as Frigga, Odin, and Loki (we are given a quick glimpse of all of Loki’s deaths).
Guardians of the Galaxy
We get to spend some time with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor and Korg have been spending time with them, helping civilizations across the galaxy fend off bad guys.
Thor Cast Fan-Favorites Return
While Thor: Ragnarok essentially ditched the human cast from the first two Thor movies, Love and Thunder brings back Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, as well as cameos for both of her fan-favorite sidekicks: Intern now Dr, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), who visits her, and scientist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), who we see on a high-tech Zoom consult.
Jane Foster is undergoing chemo for cancer back on Earth, as seen in the Mighty Thor comic run. The Mighty Thor (2015-2018) 5-book comic run by Jason Aaron, tells of Dr. Jane Foster lifting the mystic hammer Mjolnir, as she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder, The Mighty Thor! Her enemies are many, as Asgard descends further into chaos and war threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet her greatest battle will be against a far more personal foe: the cancer that is killing her mortal form.
Since Thor: The Dark World, Dr. Jane Foster has written a book called “The Foster Theory,” about her work in the field of astrophysics. While in chemotherapy, she talks to one of the other patients about “Einstein-Rosen Bridges” and demonstrates it for him.
Einstein-Rosen Bridges is an actual scientific term for wormholes in space and was the subject of Jane’s research in the first Thor movie.
Einstein-Rosen Bridges is also the MCU explanation for how Asgard’s Bifrost works. References to Einstein-Rosen Bridges have been made by numerous characters over the years including Phil Coulson, Loki, Scarlet Witch, Tony Stark, Jane Foster, and Eric Selvig.
Interstellar and Event Horizon
Jane uses both Interstellar and Event Horizon movies when trying to explain space and time travel to the other patient.
Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder
Our favorite screaming space goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, first appeared in the comics in 1976, but their origins are much older and darker than that.
They’re based on Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr, The goat duo is Thor’s favorite means of transportation and favorite meal in ancient Norse mythology. In one Norse tale, Thor stays at a peasant family’s home for a night and invites his hosts to enjoy a meal of goat meat with him. After the family is done eating, the son is still hungry and breaks one of the bones and sucks out the marrow. The next morning, Thor resurrects the goats with Mjolnir and is distraught to find out that “one of them was lame in a hind leg.”
The new ice cream parlor in New Asgard, Norway, is named Infinity Conez, with a picture of the Infinity Gauntlet on it.
Trader Joe’s in New Asgard
New Asgard has a Trader Joe’s somewhere because we spotted Trader Joe’s Syrup on the counter.
Thor still has Loki’s hair braided into his own golden locks.
The name Balder can be seen on the wall in the Town Hall. In both the comics and Norse mythology, Balder the Brave is a brother of Thor.
The Asgard Players Return
As in Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi uses a troupe of extremely bad Asgardian actors to recap the events of the previous film by having them (badly) act out the events in a stage play. All of the previous actors return here: Luke Hemsworth as Thor, Matt Damon as Loki, and Sam Neill as Odin. Melissa McCarthy joins them to play Hela, Goddess of Death.
In the Town Hall, Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth are seen pitching a new play about the tragic events of Gorr’s invasion.
We saw Jaimie Alexander reprise her role of Lady Sif briefly in “Loki” on Disney+ but it’s nice to see her in a Thor film again.
Thor receives a distress call from Lady Sif who warns him that Gorr is headed for Asgard next. Thor and Korg leave the Guardians to find Lady Sif. When they locate Sif, she is near the fallen Falligar the Behemoth, as seen above.
Sif is training the next gen Asgardian warriors at the end of the movie. Hopefully we see her again in another movie, soon.
Fury on Speed Dial
Or should I say “Furry.” In a funny bit that confirms Thor and Jane did in fact have a mutual dissolution of their relationship, we see Thor bow out to take a call from the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, who’s listed in his phone as “Nick Furry.”
This is a callback to Team Thor when Thor questions whether Nick Fury’s real name furry or fury.
How Long Has it Been Since Jane and Thor Broke Up?
When Thor and Jane are reunited, she says she guesses it’s been about 3 or 4 years since they last saw each other.
Thor replies that it’s actually been “8 years, 7 months, and 6 days.” Clearly, he hasn’t been counting.
While I haven’t missed her, AT ALL, that’s also nearly the same amount of time that’s passed on Earth between the release of Thor: The Dark World (Portman’s last Marvel appearance) and Thor: Love and Thunder— November 8, 2013 and July 8, 2022.
Valkyrie embraces Pop Culture
In New Asgard, we see King Valkyrie embracing her new role and pop culture. She is starring in a commercial for Old Spice.
Valkyrie rides in on her Pegasus wearing a Phantom of the Opera sweatshirt.
Cruise Ships in Port
One of the cruise ships in the port in New Asgard is reminiscent of the Disney Cruise Line ships. It’s not an actual DCL ship if you look closely, but the colors are similar.
Team Thor shorts
Darryl from the Team Thor shorts is the tour guide in New Asgard telling the group about Mjolnir, which is on display near the theater, still shattered. As Jane approaches, thunder rumbles and Mjlornir shakes and glows.
Axl, not Astrid
Gorr kidnaps the children of Asgard. One of the children kidnapped is Heimdall’s son, Astrid who has his father’s gift of all-seeing. However, Astrid informs us he prefers to be called by his new name, Axl, after the frontman Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses.
Thor calls to Axl so he can help him see where the children have been taken.
“Mad Titan” Poster
On one of the walls in Axl’s room, there is a poster for “Mad Titan.” Thanos was also known as Mad Titan in the comics.
When Gorr reaches New Asgard, he unleashes his Black Berserkers, the shadow-like creatures that terrorize the town.
In the comics, Gorr discovered he could use All-Black Necrosword to manifest semi-sentient bestial creatures he dubbed the Black Berserkers, which he considered to be a part of himself.
He amassed an army of Black Berserkers and sent them to capture as many gods as possible, even using the Pool of Forevers to raid the timestream. Gorr then used All-Black Necrosword to create a prison planet policed by Black Berserkers, who served as slave drivers and guards for the captured gods.
With each subsequent murder Gorr performed, he left a Black Berserker present to attack anyone who came to inquire about the missing gods or search for their killer; knowing that Thor would eventually seek him out.
“By Odin’s Raven!”
In Norse mythology, the god Odin had a pair of ravens who served as his scouts. In the Thor movies, they have appeared in small roles. When Thor announces that he and the team will “travel at the speed of Odin’s ravens” to find the missing children, that is a nod to the ravens.
Ron Burgundy also yells “Great Odin’s raven!” in Anchorman, if the phrase sounds familiar.
Thor tells the group they need to go to Omnipotence City, the Nexus for all gods, to get help from other gods like Hercules, Zeus, Tezcatlipoca, or Ra.
In Omnipotence City, Zeus (Russell Crowe) tears the clothing off Thor and reveals (among other things) that the God of Thunder has honored his late brother Loki with a full upper back tattoo that featured Loki’s horned helmet and reads, “Rest in Mischief,” who died during the events of Avengers: Infinity War. There are also other names listed on the tattoo, including Mother, Father, Loki, Tony, and Natasha.
Zeus and His Thunderbolt
On the cover of the Thor annual comic, Zeus has a pointed thunderbolt weapon much like the way he does in the movie.
Can be seen behind Zeus and his Zeusettes and Pretty Boys.
As Thor and his team make their retreat out of Omnipotence City, they zoom past a pair of Celestials, Eson the Searcher and Ziran the Tester, the enormous godlike beings who previously appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals.
The Viking boat pulled by Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder is named AEGIR. Ægir is the god of the sea and is known for hosting the gods and brewing ale.
“Cocktails and Dreams”
The flying Viking tour ship Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane take to find Gorr has a purple neon sign for “Cocktails & Dreams” hanging over the door. That is the name of the bar where Tom Hanks worked in the 1988 movie Cocktail.
The Living Tribunal
The movie’s climax takes place at the “Gateway to Eternity” and in the background, you can see huge statues honoring other cosmic Marvel characters. One of the statues is the Living Tribunal, another hugely powerful being like Eternity who watches over the entire Marvel Universe. Like Eternity, the Living Tribunal first appeared in an early Doctor Strange storyline, created by artist Marie Severin with Stan Lee, but we also recently saw the Living Tribunal in “Loki.”
In the same hall in the Gateway to Eternity, there is another statue of Uatu the Watcher, who is recognizable from Marvel’s “What If…?” on Disney+.
Power of Thor and a Bunny
Thor temporarily grants the children of Asgard the power of Thor in order to help defeat Gorr and the Black Beserkers. One girl with the bunny rabbit plush is a nod to Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.
When Gorr makes it to Eternity, he asks that his daughter be brought back to life. As Jane dies, the daughter comes back, first resembling Singularity, a sentient quantum singularity within which a pocket dimension exists.
When the heroes first mention going to Omnipotence City to recruit help to stop Gorr, Thor mentions Hercules.
Hercules is a famous Greek and Roman mythological hero. In Marvel Comics, Hercules is a real person who survived to present day. Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein plays Hercules in his brief onscreen moment and the costume is very comic accurate.
What are your favorite Easter eggs from Thor: Love and Thunder? Did we include them?
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