‘Thor Love & Thunder:’ 33 Easter Eggs and References You Might Have Missed

Thor: Love and Thunder, the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grossed $302 million at the worldwide box office in less than a week. It’s a success by any objective measure, though critically the response has been more mixed.

The film, written and directed by Taika Watiti (who also wrote and directed Thor: Ragnarok) has the flair and light humor of the director. It has great performances from Christian Bale, who plays Gorr the God Butcher, and Natalie Portman, who reprises her role as Jane/Mighty Thor. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is funny and comfortable with himself, and he looks more godly than ever.

The reviews on Thor: Love and Thunder seem to be less about what the movie is – a bit of frothy fun – and more about what the movie isn’t. Six movies and seven TV series in Phase 4, and we still don’t have a clear direction on where the MCU is headed. Kevin Feige and the rest of the Disney/Marvel brain trust seem content, for now, to throw everything on the wall and see what sticks.

And that’s fine, so far. There will be cause for concern if after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we still don’t see a main plot emerging from any of this. But not everything has to be done in service of The Big Plot; descending small tributaries and auxiliary roads is what fleshes out a fictional universe and makes it feel bigger and expansive. And just because we don’t see the big picture yet doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Let’s dig a little below the surface. Here are 33 Easter eggs and references in Thor: Love and Thunder, along with a breakdown of the mid-credit and end-credit scenes. They give us more context about what’s already happened and provide tantalizing breadcrumbs for what’s to come.

Alicia R. Rucker