Last week I wrote up a guide to the some of the easter eggs in Thor, special items that barely got any screen time and have no meaning to mainstream moviegoers. For fans of Marvel comics and its vast universe however, the artifacts of Odin’s vault mean so much more.

According to the latest rumor, one of these items in particular may play a key factor in The Avengers or at least, the stories The Avengers will set to introduce for potential spin-offs and sequels. If true, this would mean Thor has even more ties to The Avengers than we thought, so much so that we can almost say it’s a literal prequel to the epic team-up film.

During the Thor post-credits scene (that was directed by Joss Whedon and not Thor director, Kenneth Branagh) we see Loki alive and well, being as villainous as ever. This and press releases from Marvel confirmed that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will definitely be back for The Avengers as a villain. According to Latino Review, our expectations of there being more villains in the story are true…

 MAJOR SPOILERS Thor and The Avengers BELOW!!!

One other cosmic being may be playing into The Avengers movie as well: Thanos.

The addition of Thanos, the intensely powerful cosmic villain, certainly gives more purpose for this special item that was shown at Comic-Con last year and in the Thor movie, locked away in Odin’s Vault. Say hello to the Infinity Gauntlet:

This is Thanos’ glove, augmented by the addition of the six Infinity Gems, collected and put together by Thanos himself to control the universe. As the inclusion of this item in Thor would indicate, Thanos already succeeded in accomplishing this but presumably, Odin managed to take it and store it safely on Asgard. If Thanos is in The Avengers, this glove plays a part in the movie too and fans will need to prepare for a very cosmic ride, with Loki, The Skrulls and now Thanos all possibly factoring in to the plot somehow.

If Thanos is more than just a cameo expect another important Marvel character, Adam Warlock (Thanos’ nemesis), to not be far behind. All of this seems to be too much if The Skrulls are in the film as well, but it’s likely that some of these stories are being planted for the sequels. Marvel is planning five years ahead and at Comic-Con this year they will announce some of their upcoming films post-Avengers.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.

Is this rumor believable to you? Are they fitting in too much into The Avengers?

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Source: Latino Review