One of the many reasons behind Infinity War’s success was that fans actually gave multiple viewings to the film, as there was so much happening in it. The film involved multiple characters and its events took place in various locations. The film was loosely based in many stories seen previously in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Undeniably, it is the best film to come out of Disney’s Marvel.
Avengers 4 is heavily rumoured to include Time Travel and the plan will roughly include acquiring the stones before Thanos gets to them. On the other hand, Thor: The Dark World is seen as one the weakest films by MCU till date and the film might get treated by Avengers 4 the same way as they treated the retrieval of Power Stone from Xandar in Infinity War.
The Dark World may not be the best film by Marvel to date, but the film did manage to hide minute details that panned out to be huge in the future of MCU. One similar Easter Egg was spotted by a Reddit user. As he points out, the reveal of Nidavellir in the film, which was later revealed in Infinity War as the place where weapons were built, and that’s exactly how Infinity War had a whole story arc in the film.
Nidavellir was the planet of dwarves which was attacked by Thanos. Eitri was the only survivor who helped Thor forge the Stormbreaker Axe. However, Infinity War wasn’t the first time Nidavellir was mentioned in the MCU. The place was referenced in Thor: The Dark World to begin with. Have a look:
Marvel is known for hiding key points within its films as Easter Eggs. The entire plot of Ant-Man & The Wasp was based on a minor Easter Egg that many fans missed out on in the first Ant-Man film. The Infinity Gauntlet was also teased in the first Thor film, way before we saw it in Infinity War. Even Vormir was shown for a brief moment in Thor. This proves that Marvel is actually brilliant at Easter Egg hiding game.
Zack Snyder also tried the same with DC, but unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to finish. So, before you go on saying that the Thor franchise is weak (except Ragnarok, of course), just remember that the franchise played a vital role in setting up the future of MCU.
In Infinity War, Thor was the hero who had the most time apart from the Mad Titan, Thanos. Here’s what Infinity War director Joe Russo said:
“Interestingly enough, I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie. Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time, and I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I’ll say, Thanos and Thor.”