The teaser trailer for Thor: Love & Thunder recently dropped, and it was full of hidden Easter eggs and nods straight from the comic books. Fans are getting hyped for the return of the Thunder God, as well as the arrival of a new villain that threatens everything. With that said, let’s have a look at some of the comic references that were hidden in plain sight from the new trailer.
Gorr the God Butcher and His Victims
It’s no secret that actor Christian Bale will be playing the dreaded villain Gorr the God Butcher. There are some really cool references to the character throughout the trailer. The one that stands out the most is the image of Thor, along with his buddy Korg, standing atop a mountain and staring at the corpse of a god by the name of Falligar the Behemoth. This is the most comic book accurate scene in the trailer as it comes straight from the pages of Thor: God of Thunder. Falligar was a friend of Thor, and also one of the many victims of Gorr in that story. There is one other scene in the trailer which may also link to Gorr. While Thor is training to get back in shape, he is seen using the chains of another deceased giant’s skeleton. It remains to be seen if this is yet another of Gorr’s victims.
The Gods of Mount Olympus
The trailer doesn’t hide the fact that the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus are making their MCU debut in the movie. If the spectacular golden halls of Olympus didn’t give it away, the image of Zeus holding a lightning bolt in his hand clear up any confusion. In the comic books, Thor often came into conflict, and sometimes partnership with the Greek Gods. We surmise that Thor might go to Olympus to warn Zeus of the imminent threat of Gorr the God Butcher. Could this perhaps also be a sign that a certain son of Zeus, and Thor ally by the name of Hercules, may soon make his MCU debut?
The big reveal at the end of the trailer is the revelation that Jane Foster has become the new Thor. This is a storyline that occurred in the comic books back in 2014. Jane Foster, who was suffering from cancer at the time, was deemed worthy of Mjolnir during a time where Thor himself had become unworthy. The trailer only shows Jane for but a moment, but she is sure to play a large part in the film.
Miscellaneous Easter Eggs
Aside from these big reveals, there are a host of small Easter eggs from the trailer as well. Early in the trailer, a flashback shows a teenage Thor sporting his original comic costume. He also wears another costume in the trailer resembling that of Thunderstrike from the 90’s comics. Thor’s journey to redemption includes his brief stay with the Guardians of the Galaxy, which might be a nod to the Asgardians of the Galaxy comic book. We also see Thor’s space goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, pulling his chariot. Take a look at the new trailer: