By Odin's beard! Check out pictures and details on the stash of goodies hidden in Odin's vault as well as other easter eggs in the Thor movie.

Marvel Studio's Thor has deservingly became a smashing hit at the box office, both domestic and internationally. We have earlier discussed at length over the feasibility of the film in our final preview, and we will be doing a follow-up on that one with a review of the film. As we continue to clusterfuck in the process of rolling that one out, let's take a look at the much-talked-about stash of goodies hidden in Odin's vault followed by the easter eggs we have uncovered thus far in the film.

First and foremost, with thanks to The Daily Blam and Collider, as well as The Art of Thor book (something we will be getting back in a separate entry) for the images, let's take a look at one of the most-talked-about scenes from the film: Odin's vault.

Being an avid Marvel Zombie myself, I am ashamed to admit that I didn't notice the presence of the other cosmic artifacts in the vault. So this is probably me doing an overkill coverage as an overcompensation to my injured Marvel Zombie ego.

1) The Casket of Ancient Winters

Now, this artifact needs no further explanation, being part of a key plot in the film.

2) The Infinity Gauntlet
Quite possibly the most recognized (yet utterly missed by yours truly) and powerful artifacts in all comics. We have earlier gotten all excited with its appearance at last year's San Diego Comic-Con. A gauntlet forged with six Infinity Gems, each personifying the power of Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality, and Power, respectively. In unison, they made its wielder omnipotent and in short, with complete control over the Universe. A point which really made me can't help but wonder why the owner of such an omnipotent artifact spent his time mulling over peace-keeping strategy, domestic issues, and "Odinsleeping".

3) Warlock's Eye
A powerful, mystical weapon used unsuccessfully against Odin, Thor and the Warriors Three during an invasion of Asgard.

4) Eternal Flame
Not that 1989 hit single by The Bangles. Though the thought of having a cassette placed in Odin's vault brings a chuckle. The Eternal Flame is a mystical flame that could not be extinguished. It was stolen from Surtur by Odin and his siblings, Vili, and Ve Borson at the dawn of time so that Surtur could not light his sword and bring about Ragnarok.

5) Tuning Fork (?)
Initially rumored to be the famed Eye of Agamotto, the "the All-Seeing" artifact that resides within the amulet of the former Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. However, since the denial of this rumor by Kevin Feige (the President of Production at Marvel Studios), the ever-efficient online community has nailed this one. Tapping onto their rune translation ability, it was noticed that the rune alphabets on the wall behind literally reads "T U N I N G F O S C". However, by taking the reversed sig rune as an R, and ignore that "N G" is not the same as "NG" (Ing, for the sound "ŋ"), then you will get "tuning fork". (Many thanks to iO9 user Catsidhe for the great input.)

So what exactly is a tuning fork? We have absolutely no idea about this one given there is, to our best knowledge, no history on this one even in the comic mythology. Many has speculated that this could be a sonic weapon, and we agreed on this assessment.

6) "Those Who Sit Above Shadow" (?)
Another unknown item that was cracked by the online community for their remarkable rune-reading ability. The stone reads "T H O S E | W H O S I T | A B O W E | S H A D O", which iO9 user Catsidhe read as "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow". For those unfamiliar with relatively recent development from the comics, "Those Who Sit Above in Shadow" are a form of new entities that are further superior to the Asgardian gods, thereby self-referencing themselves as the "Gods of Gods". They have been behind the scene for eons, feeding onto the Ragnarok cycle, the prophecy of the end of times for the Norse deities.

7) Twilight Sword (?)
There's no picture of this one as its presence has till now remained unconfirmed. Accordingly, the sword was also created by Surtur, using the energy of the exploding home galaxy of the Korbinites that was intended to set the universe afire.

Now that we got the single biggest set filled with the most Easter Eggs out of the way, let's move on to some other Easter Eggs.

Hawkeye: The next biggest Easter Egg has got to be Jeremy Renner's cameo as the "Avenging Archer", Hawkeye, in the film. Although addressed only as Agent Barton by Agent Coulson in the film, this is a scene no self-respecting Marvel Zombies wouldn't have missed. We have earlier featured the clip with the cameo here. But here's the clip for those who missed it.

At the mark of about 24 seconds into the clip, you can see him as a figure in black with bow and arrow in hand atop a crane.

Stan Lee: The tradition of an obligatory Stan Lee cameo in every Marvel films continue in this one. Missed him? The co-creator of Thor makes an appearance as a truck driver who unsuccessfully attempted to drag Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, away from its crater.

Donald Blake: In a scene where Natalie Portman's character, Jane Foster passed a shirt to a topless Thor after his fall from grace, it was noted that the shirt was labelled "Donald Blake", who was accordingly her ex-boyfriend. Long-time fans of Thor would immediately recognize that Donald Blake was in fact Thor's human alter ego back in the early foundation days of the character. Interestingly, director Kenneth Branagh has reportedly indicated that Donald Blake could be a character with a big role in a potential sequel.

The Incredible Hulk: This is the most obvious one by far, for those who paid enough attention. The gamma scientist that Stellan Skarsgård's character, Dr. Erik Selvig, was referring to is, of course, Bruce Banner, the alter ego of The Incredible Hulk. The reference to Hulk also confirms the fact that Thor is indeed set after Edward Norton's 2008 film.

Hank Pym This is one that will probably turned up in the Blu-rays and DVDs. A reference to Hank Pym, AKA Ant-man (among numerous other superhero aliases) was actually made but was cut out at final moment. But that doesn't mean we were totally left out of it. Check out the below excerpt from an interview conducted by Collider with Kevin Feige:

Question: I think a few shots of the Destroyer and I was talking to [co-producer] Craig Kyle and he was mentioning to me that there might have been a reference to Hank Pym in the movie that might’ve been taken out.

Feige: That scene is in the movie. Literally the only thing we took out were the words “Hank Pym”. It was when Selvig, Darcy, and Jane are on the roof and S.H.I.E.L.D. has just taken all of their stuff. Darcy is complaining about her laptop and Jane is going, “Who the hell are these guys anyway?” Selvig then tells a story, which is clearly alluding to Bruce Banner, that he knew a gamma scientist and this thing happened and S.H.I.E.L.D. came up, which he had never heard of again. Selvig may or may not have all of his facts straight on that, but those are the rumors that go around the science world there. He goes, “I have a friend who has had experiences with these people. Let me email him.” That friend is Hank Pym. But we took out “Hank Pym” because it felt like, “Banner! Hank!” We were just like, “Enough.”

Deleted scenes: When it comes to deleted scenes, Marvel Studios are no strangers, with the much-talked about alternate opening for Iron Man 2. It is understood that a fair amount of scenes were cut from the original version of the film, and we bet there will be more of these by the time the Blu-rays and DVDs are out. But for now, we understand that a scene depicting a discussion between Thor and Jane in which the Thunder God explains the concept behind the puzzling Odinsleep.

That's it for now, stay tuned for our sneak preview at the aforementioned "Art of Thor" book for more information on the film.


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