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It may feel like an eternity ago when "Thor: Love and Thunder" was initially announced by Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con back in the summer of 2019. A whole lot has happened since then, with much of the MCU’s Phase 4 slate being delayed multiple times. However, after nearly three years of waiting, director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to 2017’s beloved "Thor: Ragnarok" has finally arrived in theaters. And, as is the case with virtually every Marvel movie to date, there are plenty of fun Easter eggs scattered throughout the film.

We’ll go over some of the coolest Easter eggs and references contained within the cosmic craziness that is "Thor: and Love and Thunder." Just to help set some expectations before diving in, we won’t be covering every single Easter egg in the film, but we will be highlighting some of the most interesting ones we found.

Warning: major spoilers ahead for "Thor: Love and Thunder." Proceed with caution.

The Asgardian theatre group returns

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One of the best gags in "Thor: Ragnarok" was the re-enactment of the events of "Thor: The Dark World" using theatre actors on Asgard, with Loki posing as Odin, watching with joy. Well, even though Asgard is now on Earth, the actors returned in "Love and Thunder" to perform the events of "Ragnarok" for tourists who are now visiting the Asgardian city. Matt Damon as Loki, Sam Neill as Odin, and Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke Hemsworth as Thor were all back. Not only that but there was a new addition to the group with Melissa McCarthy taking on the role of Hela (Cate Blanchett’s villain in "Ragnarok") in the play.

Kronan jokes

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Taika Waititi returned as Korg in "Love and Thunder" after originating the fan-favorite role in "Ragnarok." But this time around, we learned a little bit more about his alien race, the Kronan. In particular, we met the Kronan god, Ninny of the Nonny, when Thor and the gang were at Omnipotence City in an attempt to get Zeus on the other gods to aid them in stopping Gorr the God Butcher. The Kronan god in question is seen sitting on a throne that just so happens to be made of scissors, which is a bit of a silly gag since rock beats scissors in a game of rock, paper, scissors. Additionally, we learn how Kronans make babies in the film and, wouldn’t you know it? Korg finds himself someone to make a baby with. This guy happens to be named Dwayne, who is made of rocks. This is clearly another gag making a loose reference to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Darryl returns

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One of the funniest things to come out of the Taika Waititi era of the MCU are the "Team Thor" shorts, which saw Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder rooming with a human man named Darryl. Well, this movie finally went ahead and firmed up Darryl as canon with actor Daley Pearson reprising the role in a couple of scenes on New Asgard on Earth. While we didn’t get a ton of Darryl in the film, it was a nice little nod to the shorts and, moreover, could pave the way for further adventures with him in the future. Perhaps he’s had other Asgardian roommates during his time in New Asgard?

Rock ‘n roll Easter eggs

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The music of Guns N’ Roses plays a big part in the film and the most obsessive rock music fan in the film is Axl, the son of Heimdall. At one point, we get a glimpse at his bedroom and see some posters for other rock bands. Aside from GNR, we see one for a band called "Mad Titan," which serves as a clear nod to Thanos. Another one of the posters reads "Ensalada Grande," which is Spanish for Big Salad. This is more of a production Easter egg as The Big Salad was the working title for the movie during filming.

Shop names in Asgard

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New Asgard serves as a major location in "Thor: Love and Thunder," with Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie serving as king of what has now become a major tourist destination. As a result, there is quite a bit of commerce going on in the town. During a sequence taking us through New Asgard, we see that there’s a shop called Cocktails & Dreams, which is actually the name of the bar Tom Cruise wanted to open in the movie "Cocktail."

As far as references a little more directly connected to the MCU, another one of the shops sold ice cream and was called Infinity Cones. This was a clear reference to the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet that played such a huge part in both "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame."

Deviants and Celestials

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"Eternals" may not have been everyone’s favorite MCU film thus far, but it did bring a lot of history from the cosmic side of the Marvel universe to the table. Some of that imagery ended up making its way into this movie as well. For one, we see a fallen god early in the film that goes by the name of Falligar the Behemoth. This is, for one, ripped directly from the pages of the comic book run that inspired "Love and Thunder." Aside from that, Falligar also very much looks like the Deviants from "Eternals." We also got a glimpse at a couple of the ancient beings known as the Celestials, with Thor and the gang seeing not one but two of them as they are making their escape from Omnipotence City.

The Necrosword

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Christian Bale plays the main villain in the film, Gorr the God Butcher. He is granted the power to kill gods scattered throughout the universe by using a powerful weapon he gets early on in the film known as a Necrosword. This weapon is not only connected to Gorr from "The God Butcher" storyline in the comics but has a rich history well beyond that. Primarily, the first Necrosword was crafted by Knull, the ancient being who crafted the symbiotes.

Knull gained a lot of notoriety after appearing the "King in Black" storyline but he did appear in "Thor: God of Thunder" #6 back in 2013. This first Necrosword is the manifestation of the very first symbiote named All-Black and it is likely not the same one that Gorr used in the film. Still, this could provide some connective tissue to Knull and open up an entirely new side of the cosmic Marvel universe to explore down the line.

Jane Foster’s book

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One of the biggest Easter eggs in the film connects to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and brings us all the way back to 2011 with the first "Thor." In that movie, Jane is early on in her research which is aided greatly by the discovery of Thor and the other realms. At one point, S.H.I.E.L.D. confiscates much of her research but Thor manages to recover a book full of her notes.

Well, as we come to find in "Love and Thunder," Jane finally managed to take all of her findings and turn them into a book titled "The Foster Theory" which is referenced several times in the film. The notes that Thor recovered for Jane help to craft this book and turn Jane into a world-renowned scientist, offering a bit more richness to her character arc. It truly filled in some gaps that existed ever since Jane disappeared following the events of "Thor: The Dark World."