Odin’s Vault & Thor’s Connections To The Marvel Universe

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 21st, 2011 at 8:23 am,

The Artifacts and Relics of Odins Vault in Thor Movie Odins Vault & Thors Connections To The Marvel Universe

For long-time Marvel fans, Thor offered many treats and surprises, helping weave together the larger Marvel Movie universe and laying a potential foundation for many films beyond The Avengers. The greatest example of this Easter egg-laying is that of Odin’s vault, a treasure room loaded with relics and mystic artifacts, items that mean nothing to your average moviegoer.

In Thor, this room is important as it stores the Casket of Ancient Winters, the source of power of the Frost Giants, which, as we see in the film’s introduction, was stolen by Odin (Anthony Hopkins). That item represents a key plot device in the Thor movie, but we know about that so let’s look at the other items we see in this room – the ones you may not be aware of that hint at the larger Marvel Universe.

The official Marvel site posted close-up photos of five items found in Odin’s vault: The Eternal Flame, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Warlock’s Eye, The Orb of Agamatto and the Tablet of Life .We’ll go through each one, explaining what they are and their significance to the Marvel Universe.

Eternal Flame

First Appearance: Thor #349 (1984)

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Also known as the Eternal Flame of Destruction, this mystical flame was stolen from Surtur by Odin and his brothers to prevent the demon and enemy of Asgard from lighting his sword and starting a war that would end the Norse Gods of Asgard.

In the Thor film, we met the Frost Giant army. Think of Surtur as a fiery version of them with his fire demons. This is what he looks like (screenshot from Thor movie tie-in game). You can also learn more about Surtur and his flaming sword in the Thor tie-in animated feature, Thor: Tales of Asgard.

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One glove to rule the universe….

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Thor Movie Infinity Gauntlet Odins Vault & Thors Connections To The Marvel Universe

Infinity Gauntlet

First Appearance:  Avengers Annual #7 (1977)

A more prominent item in Marvel Comics history is that of The Infinity Gauntlet. It’s formed when all six “Infinity Gems” are placed into Thanos’ gauntlet, granting its wearer – in basic terms – god-like powers and control of the universe. The first appearance of one of these gems came in The Power of Warlock #1 (1972) but the first time all six appeared together under the “Infinity” moniker came in 1977 with Avengers Annual #7 when the villain Thanos collected all six gems.

The Infinity Gauntlet got its own self-titled six-issue series in the early 90s, which followed Thanos placing the gems in his glove to create the Infinity Gauntlet and using it to destroy half of the universe. In Marvel Comics fashion, however, things get fixed in the end so Thanos didn’t win.

We saw the item on display at Comic-Con in 2010 and its appearance in Thor hints at the greater cosmic universe yet to be explored in these films. Here’s Thanos sporting the Infinity Gauntlet:

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What Doctor Strange has his eye on…

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Warlock’s Eye

First Appearance: Tales of Asgard backup story in Thor #131 (1966)

While I first thought this item was The Eye of Agamotto (described below), it turns out it’s The Warlock’s eye, a mystical weapon in the comics stolen by Thor and the Warrior’s Three from Harokin, an Asgardian enemy of Thor.

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Volstagg with Warlock's Eye

The Eye of Agamotto (Not this, unfortunately)

First Appearance: Strange Tales #115 (1963)

Created by Marvel comic artist Steve Ditko, The Eye of Agamotto is based off of the real-world item known as “The All Seeing Eye of the Buddha,” a symbol from Nepal which offers the powers of good luck, fortune and protection to its owner.

In Marvel Comics, this mystical item is one of Doctor Strange’s amulets and is named after Agamatto, a previous Sorcerer Supreme.

In the Marvel movie universe, this item is yet another easter egg, potentially leading to a tie-in with the Dr. Strange movie currently in development.

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Another piece of Dr. Strange’s secret stash…

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Orb of Agamotto [Unconfirmed]

First Appearance: Strange Tales #118 (1963)

Like The Eye of Agamotto, this Orb is another item in possession of Dr. Strange in the comics. He stores it in the Chamber of Shadows, a room in his Sanctum Sanctorum (his mansion and base of the New Avengers).

The Orb of Agamatto offers Dr. Strange clairvoyance since it can locate where magic is being used, or dangers to the world. It can be, however, blocked by other powerful magic users (i.e. Asgardian sorceress Enchantress – a potential Thor 2 villain?) to keep their location secret.

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What Spider-Man and Namor have in common…

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Tablet of Life [Unconfirmed]

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #68 (1969)

The text written on the Tablet of Life is actually a chemical formula, the “Lifeline Formula,” which augments its user into a superior being, the best of their species. It and its more evil counterpart (Tablet of Death and Entropy) have played a prominent role in Spider-Man comics for years. Another tablet, the Tablet of Order and Chaos represented the plot device for last year’s successful Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension video game.

If you’re into Marvel history, The Amazing Spider-Man series reveals that the Tablet of Death and Entropy originates from from Lemuria and the Tablet of Life and Time from Atlantis. Atlantis, later home to Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Homo mermanus race, were enemies to the Deviants, the people of Lemuria whose continent was sunk by the Atlanteans 21,000 years ago.

That’s it for this Marvel history lesson and now you know how in addition to acting as a prequel to The AvengersThor connects to Spider-Man, Namor, Dr. Strange, Thanos and more!

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  1. Am i the only one who wishes to see Thor wear his helmet more in The Avengers film? Aswell as sequels to the solo franchise? Cause i can’t imagine the makers of the film makin such a awesome Thor helmet & have Chris Hemsworth wear it for amatter of seconds. I seen Thor 3 times & it was hard for me catch the Infinity Gaunlet in the vault.

  2. Avenger,

    Man you are sooo right. I stand corrected. He did get me. Wings on the ankles of a real life half merman from Atlantis is stupid. No way would they work.
    How silly of me to suggest otherwise.
    “And now for something completely differnet…”

    • you are amusing.

  3. Am I the only one who noticed that the markings on the stone tablet and around the other artifacts are straight out of The Hobbit? The map at the beginning of the book has a straight letter-substitution alphabet, and it matches completely with what’s on these “eggs”.

    At least, I think it does. The symbols are exact duplicates, and “Eternal Flame” is spelled perfectly, but I can’t get a good enough look at the other symbols to translate them. Too many shadows, and sometimes the objects themselves get in the way. If I could get a better look, then I could translate them. Anyone could, really.

    • It’s Elder Futhark (Viking) runes- my translation is below. And yes, Tolkien used them a lot.

      • The reason for that is Tolkien loved languages and was a language professor. A lot out of tolkiens world like lord of the rings and the hobbit is based off of Norse mythology. The dwarvish language your referring too in the hobbit is not Norse but pretty damn close. It’s based off of Anglo Saxon sand script. So yeah. It’s the same stuff you see in those dragonalogy books lol

    • The words written on the pillar say “Those Who Sit” In reference to the unknown elder gods who existed long before the Asgardians. It is written in Elder Futhark, not to be confused with Tolkein’s LOTR Dwarvish Runes.

  4. I never knew how much Thor and Odin stole stuff lol.
    Good to read though.

    • @lagi213, LOL! Yes, Indeed, they are also The Gods of Thieves. Lol. Wow that’s sounds badass and funny at the same time! “THE GOD OF THIEVES!”

  5. As far as the “unconfirmed” stuff goes- has anyone noticed the items are labelled? I used to write notes with my friend in Elder Futhark runes, so I read them easily.
    The Eternal Flame says “Eternal Flame” behind it.
    If you lighten the Infinity Gauntlet pic up to reveal detail, the wall behind it has a word beginning with “Tun..” which seems meaningful until you realize they stuck it in front of the “Orb” space to take the pic.
    The Warlock’s Eye (Harokin’s crazy helmet) has no rune label but is unmistakable once you’ve seen the comic. You can see the eye-holes of the helm, too:)
    The “Orb of Agamotto”- it says “Tuning Fork” behind it, so I am inclined to think it’s not the Orb at all (why would that be in Asgard??) but the tuning fork from the giant Inhuman’s bulldog, Lockjaw. The Fork can transport groups of people anywhere, so it’s a handy device that might return Thor to Earth later.
    The Tablet of Life- possibly- but again, after lightning it, you can read all the runes on the artifact- “Those Who Sit Above in Shadow”- so it may have nothing to do with the tablets of Life & Time or Death & Entropy.
    Interesting stuff, all around:)

  6. The runes behind the Orb read, “tuning fork” and the ones on the Tablet say, “those who sit.”

    • Aaand now I see that this has already been addressed, and in more detail. Sorry.

  7. Tuning Fork? Could be related to Black Bolt/Lockjaw but how about the tuning fork Odin used to summon the Lurking Unknown in Thor #136. As I recall it was trapped in an orb when defeated.

  8. The runes above the “Orb of Agamotto” say “Tuning Fork”.

  9. Is there any infinity thor odin force codes?
    If there is, please share it to me.

    Thank you :)

  10. but In movie ‘thor’ that golden glove n that flame didn’t appeared . :(

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  13. Are any of these items infinity jems if so will they be in the avengers age of ultron or in guardians of the galaxy?
    i know that the infinity gaulet needs all 6 to work but are any of the others on of the 6?

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