There are a certain number of things you can expect from a Marvel movie. Some of those things include an extremely high number of Easter eggs, mind-blowing end-credit scenes, a hilarious Stan Lee cameo, ominous foreshadowing, and an overload of comic book references. No Marvel movie would be complete without any of these items, and Thor: Ragnarok is no different.
By now you have seen the third installment of the Thor movies, and if you have not, you may want to stop reading because there are definitely going to be spoilers up ahead.
If you’re still reading, you have seen the hilariously action-packed film, full of new characters, new faces, and new hair-dos. However, this article will touch on the things that you may not have seen – those Marvel Easter eggs, references, and subtleties that we’ve come to expect, love, and obsessively hunt for.
Thor: Ragnarok does not forget where it comes from and director Taika Waititi made sure to add as many tributes as possible to the story’s origin and background. It is truly a Marvel-ous masterpiece.
So grab your magnifying glasses and get ready for a hunt, because here are the 25 Things You Completely Missed In Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok closes one of the biggest plot holes in the MCU – the existence of two Infinity Gauntlets.
In the first Thor movie, a glimpse of the Infinity Gauntlet could be seen in Odin’s vault. However, it was later revealed that Thanos already had it. So, to close the gap and stop the hate mail, the MCU threw in a funny little line.
While in Odin’s vault, Hela pushes over the Infinity Gauntlet and yells “Fake!” This one line was a quick and easy way to explain why we see two gauntlets in the MCU.
However, although the movie closed one door, it kept another one wide open. Where is the soul stone? As one of the last movies before Infinity War, many fans believed that Ragnarok would reveal the location of the last Infinity Stone. Although it still remains a mystery, this hasn’t stopped fans from theorizing.
We know that the last stone is orange, so one theory suggests that the Eternal Flame could be the soul gem. When Hela continues her walk through Odin’s vault she criticizes everything in it. However, she points at the Tesseract saying, “that’s not bad” but then calls the Eternal Flame, “true power.”
When Loki goes into Odin’s vault to resurrect the Surtur, we see a glimpse of hesitation as he passes by the Tesseract. Although the scene cuts out before we see what happens next, that quick yet longing glance Loki takes at the Space Stone could be of major importance in the next Avengers movie.
In the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, Loki can be spotted presenting the Tesseract to someone that seems to be Thanos. If Loki is in possession of the gem in the next installment of the Avengers, we can only assume that he took it while he was in the vault. After all, it's not like the God of Mischief to pass up an opportunity to further his own motives.
Did you notice that the Grandmaster looks eerily similar to another character in the Marvel Universe?
At the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con Jeff Goldblum, the actor that plays the Grandmaster, revealed that the MCU is honoring the comic books and making the Grandmaster the brother of the Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy.
He told the audience, “We’re elders of the universe. We came shortly after the Big Bang. We’re the oldest living creatures in the universe. Grandmaster and my brother, Collector. I rule on this planet Sakaar and I put together games.”
The Grandmaster and the Collector look alike, and both have that distinctive blue mark on their lips. Interestingly enough, the Collector’s first appearance in the MCU was also during the end-credits of Thor: The Dark World.
Every MCU movie comes equipped with end-credit scenes and Ragnarok’s credits definitely kept us on the edge of our seats.
During the mid-credit scene, Thor and Loki are joking around about Earth not wanting Loki back. Thor says everything will be fine, when all of a sudden, the ominous music plays and they are approached by a massive ship.
The most supported theory is that the ship is in fact, that of Thanos. Seeing how Loki most likely grabbed the Tesseract while in Odin’s vault, he probably contacted Thanos to give him the location of the Asgardians' ship.
This is why we see Loki offering up the Tesseract in the Infinity War trailers, and why we see Thor floating through space. However, one point to note is that Thor had both eyes in this trailer. So, is this theory completely wrong or was that just a trick the MCU used to hide the ending of Ragnarok?
When Thor enters the Quinjet he has a hard time gaining access to its controls. The ship asks for voice recognition input and he uses many different names including, “Thor," “Thor, Son of Odin," “God of Thunder," and “Strongest Avenger." However, the name that ultimately gains him access is “Point Break."
Point Break is the name Tony Stark gave Thor in the first Avengers film because of his resemblance to Patrick Swayze in the 1991 film, Point Break. In this surfer-robber '90s movie, Swayze sports long luscious blonde hair, much like the God of Thunder’s flowing locks, and Stark is more than happy to point this out from time to time.
No wonder Thor says, “Damn you Stark” as soon as he gains access to the Quinjet.
Prior to the release of the film, many people were able to spot this Easter egg in official trailers for the movie. Therefore, producer Kevin Feige addressed it at a press conference and confirmed that the faces on the palace reflect previous Grandmaster champions.
He told fans, “The biggest Easter eggs are on the side of the Sakaran Palace – right Taika? There are – there are previous Grandmaster champions that we see, as one for Hulk is being constructed, and those are all sort of Easter eggs for the deeper comic universe – that may or may not ever show up in the cinematic universe, but we thought it’d be fun to celebrate."
Fans have concluded that the faces are those of Beta Ray Bill (top left), Ares (top right), Bi-Beast (bottom right), and Man-Thing (top). Then there’s the one still being constructed which is the current champion, Hulk.
Waititi incorporated many aspects of his life into Thor: Ragnarok. For one, the movie was littered with Australian inside jokes. Since the movie was shot in Australia and Waititi hails from New Zealand, all the space ships in the movie were named after Australian cars. The Commodore, Statesmen, Terrano, and Kingswood are all cars made by the Australian manufacturer, Holden.
The Commodore – the ship they escape on – was also painted the colors of the Aboriginal flag and Valkyrie’s spaceship was painted the color of the Tino Rangatiratanga, or Māori flag.
Another Easter egg thrown into the movie plays tribute to a popular, comedic animated sitcom. The retirement home where Loki supposedly left Odin was called “Shady Acres” which is also the name of the retirement home in South Park.
During many scenes of the movie, Korg talks about a “Doug” that died fighting the Grandmaster's champion. This could also be a potential nod to Doug Braithwaite, an illustrator for many Thor comic books.
The Grandmaster refers to Valkyrie as "Scrapper 142." Although it may seem like a random number, 142 actually refers to Valkyrie’s first true appearance in the Marvel Universe – Incredible Hulk #142.
Although Valkyrie first appeared in Avengers #83 in 1970, she was simply an impersonation by the Enchantress rather than her true self. Therefore, Valkyrie’s real debut occurred in 1971 when she appeared in Incredible Hulk #142. In this comic, she took the body of Samantha Parrington and held a hard stance against males, which led her to battle the Hulk.
Valkyrie eventually joined the Defenders but was killed in their final issue. She was resurrected in a Doctor Strange timeline in 1988, but since then, has only appeared in a couple of comics in the 90s.
The Hulk has as pretty swanky room in Sakaar, but did you notice that his bed looks like it came straight out of The Flintstones?
The bed post is actually the skeletal remains of the beast Hulk beat to become the Grandmaster's champion. It is also an interesting reveal of what he has been doing since Age of Ultron.
Mark Ruffalo, the actor that plays the Hulk told CinemaBlend, “We had to basically figure out what happened, how he got there. He was captured like Thor was – that’s how he knows Valkyrie, and she becomes his coach along the way."
"He becomes the champion, they love him. He ends up beating the beast that the bed was made out of. That’s the previous champion! He tore him in half, and made him his headboard. You do all that," he said.
There are many scenes that foreshadow the end of the movie, but none are as interesting as the foreshadowing shirts. In two separate occasions, the shirts Thor and Banner wear point to future enemies they will encounter in the movie.
In the beginning of Ragnarok, when Loki takes Thor to find Odin, Thor is wearing a jacket with two shirts underneath. The top shirt is green, while the one underneath is purple. Now, what character could that represent? Thor’s green and purple shirt definitely foreshadows his fight with the Hulk on Sakaar.
When the Hulk turns back into Bruce Banner, Thor gives him Tony Stark’s clothes to wear. The shirt he puts on has an image of a Duran Duran album cover. One of their hit songs is Hungry Like the Wolf, which foreshadows the Hulk’s battle with Fenris Wolf.
In earlier released and leaked photos, the shirt Banner was wearing simply had a purple square on it, which means that the Duran Duran image was added later and on purpose.
In the beginning of the movie we see Thor back in action, fighting the Surtur – ruler of Musphelheim and Lord of Ragnarok. When Thor triumphantly returns to Asgard with the Surtur’s skull, he gives it to a random Asgardian and tells him to “lock this way in a vault so it doesn’t turn into a giant monster and destroy the whole planet.”
This seemingly misplaced line points to the age-old prophecy that stated the Surtur will become empowered by the Eternal Flame and bring on Ragnarok. According to the prophecy, these events would then lead to the death of Hela and the ultimate end of Asgard.
Thor is not only referencing the prophecy in his quirky little statement, but also jokingly foreshadowing what will happen at the end of the movie.
Tessa Thompson, the actress who plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, confirmed through Twitter that Valkyrie is bi-sexual, even though you can’t tell in the film.
On October 21st, she tweeted, “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!” and two days later she added, “YES! Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok.”
Many people were very receptive to Valkyrie’s portrayal in the movie and how she could portray her sexuality without over-emphasizing it. However, Thompson later revealed that a scene which hinted to her sexuality was actually cut from the movie.
In this scene, the audience would have seen a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom. It was ultimately cut because the crew thought it took too much attention away from the bigger narrative.
When Thor and Loki find Odin, he’s alone on a cliff in Norway. He tells them about Hela but then says something that holds a lot of significance. Odin tells his sons to “Remember this place, home.”
This line has one of two meanings. The first is that it references the origins of Odin, Thor, and Loki. They were adapted by Marvel from Norse mythology and much of their character, personality, plot, and background are all based on the theologies of 13th century Norway.
Secondly, Odin's message also foreshadows the end of Asgard and Thor bringing the Asgardians to a new home – Earth. In the comics, this new home is Broxton, Oklahoma. However, some people think that the new home could be Norway, as predicted by Odin.
Odin’s poor parenting skills have created a lot of family strife throughout the Thor movies and these problems continue in Ragnarok. In this film, we meet another family member seeking revenge because Daddy didn’t love her enough.
Hela enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thor and Loki’s vengeful sister. However, her relationship to the family hasn’t stayed true to the comics. In the comics, Hela is actually Loki’s daughter.
Not only is she Loki’s daughter, but Fenris Wolf, the beast Hela resurrects with the Eternal Flame, is her brother, and another one of Loki’s offspring. This relationship was also ultimately eliminated from the movie.
Now we know that Loki isn’t actually Odin’s son either, and when Hela uncovers Odin’s hidden mural, we get a glimpse of Loki’s real father and an interesting nod at their twisted family troubles.
When Thor finds out that the Grandmaster’s champion is Hulk, he instantly becomes relieved and shouts “YES! Hey, we know each other. He’s a friend from work.” This line is probably one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, but it wasn't made entirely for the film. It was actually taken straight from a Planet Hulk comic that featured the Silver Surfer.
In the comic, Hulk enters Sakaar’s arena and is met by his contender, the Silver Surfer. When he realizes who it is, Hulk says “He’s the Silver Surfer, he’s my… friend.”
The scene in Thor: Ragnarok plays out very similarly, with Thor sporting the obedience disk that Hulk wore in the comic. However, instead of saying “he’s my friend," Thor says “he’s a friend from work." This line was actually added to the film when a kid from the Make-A-Wish Foundation visited the set.
According to Chris Hemsworth, the kid told him, “You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!’”
In the comics, Thor’s human identity is known as Doctor Donald Blake. This name is referenced in many Easter eggs throughout the Thor movies. For example, in the first movie, the name shows up on a forged driver’s license that Agent Coulson looked up to confirm Thor’s identity. Donald Blake is also the name of Jane Foster’s ex in the same movie.
Donald Blake also appears once again in Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor and Loki visit New York, Thor disguises his Mjolnir, or giant hammer, as an umbrella. He then taps it on the ground to return to his true form and change the umbrella back into a hammer. This tapping motion is a reference to the way in which Doctor Blake would transform in the comics.
Thor's Donald Blake disguise in the comics was a crippled physician who used a walking stick, to hide his Mjolnir. He would tap his cane, much like in the movie, to reveal his weapon.
Loki (disguised as Odin) puts on a hilarious play to commemorate his death. However, did you notice the Hollywood actors who were in the play?
According to Waititi, “If Loki was gonna write a play about his death, then he would want to get the most talented actors he could, the biggest stars of Asgardian theater, to come and do his thing.” So, it was only natural that Loki cast bigtime star, Matt Damon to play the role of himself.
For the role of Odin, Loki cast Sam Neill, known for his role in Jurassic Park. Coincidentally, this is the first movie since Jurassic Park where Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum have appeared together.
Lastly, the role of Thor was given to someone that looks very similar to the God of Thunder – Chris Hemworth’s real-life brother, Luke Hemsworth.
Together, these actors created the perfect cast of characters to portray Loki’s “last moments."
The year 2017 marks what would have been Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday and Thor: Ragnarok did its best to honor his legacy.
Kevin Feige told us that, “Jack Kirby has been an influence on every Marvel movie we’ve ever made because he built the Marvel Universe with Stan, Steve Ditko, and the whole gang there."
"But this movie, and coincidentally being the 100th year anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth, we really wanted to be that unabashed love letter, and a film by Taika, when talking to the art department, and saying, ‘Oh, look at that, it really should be like this,’ looking at Jack Kirby costumes and background panels, and the art department doing something inspired by it and then Taika going ‘No, no. Do this!’ [referencing exact Kirby art] And that’s why you have, it’s a direct translation of Kirby’s artwork, which hasn’t been seen in a movie before," he said.
Kirby’s influence is seen throughout Sakaar from its costume to its set design. In one scene in particular, where Thor and Hulk are hiding in the streets of Sakaar, you can see a Jack Kirby style Hulk on one of the banners. Kirby created the character with Stan Lee back in 1962.
Skurge is a character who was taken straight out of the comics and therefore, you can find many references to his comic book persona throughout the movie.
His signature weapon of choice is the Bloodaxe, which resembles the giant axe that Skurge is holding at the end of the movie. He does however have a love for rifles which is referenced in the beginning of the movie when he introduces his beloved weapons as “Des” and “Troy.”
Hela also reveals to Skurge that she was once Odin’s executioner and that Skurge will be hers. This is a fitting role for the villain as his nickname in the comics is Executioner.
Lastly, Skurge’s heroic demise is exactly the same as his death in The Mighty Thor #360-362. In the comic world, he sacrifices himself to save Thor from Hela’s army of the dead, much like he does in Ragnarok.
Throughout the film, there is a clear aura of awkwardness around Thor and Bruce Banner, as they seem like the most unlikely of partners.
This can be seen by the many times that Thor tries to coax Hulk into transforming back to Banner by using Black Widow’s phrase, “Hey there, big guy. The sun’s getting real low.” As hard as Thor tries, he can’t seem to get through to Hulk.
However, the biggest symbol of Banner and Thor’s awkward relationship can be seen after Hulk changes back to Banner. After Valkyrie shows that she has Loki and they come up with a plan to leave Sakaar, Banner and Thor share an uncoordinated high five. It’s hard to notice, but if you pay close attention, Thor actually fist bumps while Banner high fives.
Prior to fighting the Grandmaster’s champion, Thor is allowed to pick his weapon of choice. While deciding, Korg asks Thor if he wants to use a “big wooden fork.” However, when Thor refuses, Korg says, “Yeah, not really useful, unless you were fighting off three vampires that were huddled together.”
This hilarious line is a reference to one of Taika Waititi’s previous films: a comedic horror movie called What We Do in the Shadows. The movie is a mockumentary that follows the life of three vampires huddled in an apartment, hence Korg’s statement. Korg's line about vampires huddled together is very fitting since Korg is voiced by Waititi himself.
Waititi revealed that a US television series adaptation of the movie could be in the works, so the addition of Korg’s line in Thor: Ragnarok could be his small way of marketing the show.
The Yggdrasil is the world tree that holds the nine realms together. Thor draws the tree for Jane Foster in the first Thor movie and it is also seen carved into the wall where Red Skull finds the Tesseract.
In Ragnarok, the Yggdrasil tree can be seen carved into the wooden door of the safe haven where Heimdall is hiding the Asgardians from Hela. At the end of the movie, there is a powerful shot of a similar looking tree being consumed by fire as Surtur destroys Asgard.
This is very symbolic as the tree sits at the center of the universe and represents the health and wellbeing of the nine realms. It could also foreshadow horrible events to come, potentially connected with the arrival of Thanos and his destruction of the universe.
Versions of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song are played in many major movies, but Thor: Ragnarok used the song twice, emphasizing its importance to the film.
The first time the song was played was in the beginning of the movie when Thor battled the Surtur. Here, it may seem like it was added simply because it's a really cool song to play, but the song is actually foreshadowing the end of the movie.
In Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, there is a line that says, “the hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands.” At the end of the movie, when the song is played again, the hammer of God, or Thor, is using his lightning abilities to take on Hela’s army and protect the Asgardians as they board their “ship to new lands.”
Back in 2014, there were rumors circulating about Marvel making a Planet Hulk movie. Although the fans never got their movie, Ragnarok incorporated many references and did a fine tribute to the comics.
Korg and Miek are both characters from the Planet Hulk storyline and Thor even makes a reference to this at the end of the movie by asking Miek where he is from.
Planet Hulk also takes place on Sakaar. In the comics, Hulk is forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena, much like Thor. The armor Hulk wears in the movie is also almost identical to his outfit in the comic.
Another subtle nod occurs in the scene where the Grandmaster liquifies his cousin, Carlo. This character is most likely a reference to Carlo Pagulayan, Planet Hulk’s illustrator.
No Marvel movie is complete without a Stan Lee cameo, and the cameo in Ragnarok is the best yet.
In this movie, Stan Lee is working for the Grandmaster and it's his duty to cut Thor’s luscious locks. This is exceptionally significant because Thor’s hair is cut off in the comics after he becomes unworthy of holding his hammer. Since Thor’s Mjolnir was destroyed by Hela, the MCU holds true to the comics by cutting his hair – and who best to do it than Stan Lee himself?
Did you also notice the design that was cut into his hair? It’s a lightning bolt, and a great nod to the God of Thunder.
During a video montage for Stan Lee’s imprint ceremony at Hollyword’s TCL Chinese Theater, Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi were shown congratulating Stan the Man.
In the video, Hemsworth says, “We’re here shooting [Ragnarok] in which you did a cameo today, which is your best on yet, I think,” and Waititi follows with, “[I] met you the other day. You came in and… your cameo is one of the funniest things in the film.”
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