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.
First Appearance: Thor #349 (1984)
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.