Hello my Nordic gods, this weekend I was visiting Thor: Love and Thunder with 2D glasses to clearly see all the little details hidden in the film and I spotted a few of them. While people were too busy watching Chris Hemsworth in the scene where he’s completely naked (I admit I peeked a little too), I managed to catch little secrets everywhere that I suggest you watch everything. So grab your hammer, put on your finest red cape costume, and watch out for the lightning.
1. Thor’s goats that are really part of his story
If the goats that pull Thor’s boat in the movie emit horrible screams that make the whole room laugh, they are not there at all by accident. In the Poetic Edda (a kind of bible of Viking legends), Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr are two goats that Thor finds during a journey. They have the peculiarity of being able to regenerate as long as their bones are not broken, so Thor eats them several times during his adventures and they regenerate like Wolverine, but hairier (it’s possible). Like what, we don’t just see crap about mythology in the cinema.
2. Thor’s cap during training
At the very beginning of the film, we see this brave Thor training to lose weight and wearing a nice cap with the inscription “The strongest avengers”. Except it’s not a real cap, it’s handwritten by the character himself, and below we can see the names “Iron Man”, “Ant-Man” or even “Hulk” that he covered as a child.
3. The town of Tønsberg, a real Viking museum village
In the film, we see that the Asgardians live in the village of Tønsberg, a kind of “Little Asgard” that functions as a museum. But in reality, Tønsberg is one of the oldest towns in Norway, whose town center and harbor are open-air museums about the Viking Age.
4. Throw children everywhere
It’s cool to work with family (no), that’s probably why most of the film’s stars brought their children to the set: one of Chris Hemsworth’s sons plays Thor as a child in the scene where he briefly, Taika Waititi’s children , Christian Bale and Nathalie Portman play Asgardians and another girl from Hemsworth simply plays Gorr’s daughter, who has a slightly bigger role.
5. The tattoo for the brother
You know that Loki from the movies is dead (there’s also Loki from the series, but that’s definitely another story), and when we see the famous scene with Thor naked, you were probably too busy looking at the actor’s muscular balls , while it was on his back, that he had to concentrate. We see a tattoo representing Loki’s helmet as well as the words “RIP Loki”. Touching.
6. The Yggdrasil t-shirt
Since Thor is a Viking, it is quite logical that we find many references to mythology in the film. When he wears his beautiful tank top, we can therefore see the world tree (Yggdrasil), which supports the nine kingdoms in Norse mythology. You were obviously looking at his arms so you missed everything again.
7. The last time Thor and Jane saw each other
When Jane and Thor meet for the first time in years, they talk but cannot agree on the date of their last meeting. Several years separate the two estimates, and people laugh because Thor counted the days and hours, but in reality this difference in duration comes from the fact that Jane disappeared during the “blip”, which dissolved half of humanity and explains (somewhat awkwardly ) his absence from the third film.
8. Retreat of the Titans
For those with a sharp eye and a fresh memory, the opening scene where we see Thor planting his ax in the ground and watching the sunset is a big nod to the scene of Avengers infinity war where we see Thanos quietly finishing gardening in his small garden by planting his spade before watching the sunset with a melancholic yet serene air, a symbol of a job well done and good bowel movement.
9. Uatu’s presence
If you watched the series What if? on Disney + you necessarily know Uatu, it is the narrator who tells the stories in an alternative version of the Marvel universe. Well, a statue of this little guy can be seen when Gorr finally arrives at the Palace of Eternity. We also see the members of the Living Tribunal, the beings who rule the multiverse and eat five fruits and vegetables a day, the secret of their longevity.
10. Gods everywhere
During the stage at Almighty City you can see a shitload of gods and deities. If some are jokes like the god of baos, which is a nod to a Disney short film, we can also see some that refer to the Black Panther (the panther god), to the Moon Knight (the god Ra) and generally full of different religions. But it’s also an opportunity to introduce Hercules into the MCU, who has a particularly important role in the comics, and potentially tie into the very good series. Moon Knight.
11. Necrosword, more than just a sword
In the film, Gorr finds a super-powerful sword which, among other things, allows him to kill gods and which speaks to him. This is already fine as an object, but in the comics the sword has a very special origin. This is the very first symbiote, born from God Knull. It doesn’t necessarily speak to you, I know, but to put it simply, another symbiote of the same kind exists, and it’s none other than Venom, and you know him.
12. Thor’s awkward handshake
When Thor says goodbye to Peter Quill aka StarLord at the beginning of the movie, he gives him a particularly long handshake that seems totally impromptu. Then he finishes with the “Asgard Special” by making the snake with his hand, which stabs the other’s hand. Does it remind you of anything? This is the anecdote that Thor tells in “Ragnarok” when he explains how Loki turned into a snake to trap and sting him. Yes, Loki is missing a lot in the movie.