THOR Movie Concept Art Reveals Cosmic Weapons from Odin's Vault

The Art of Thor movie companion book features images of the artifacts from Odin's vault -- which plays a major role in the Marvel Studios' film -- and may offer hints of the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster, has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Along with the Casket of Ancient Winters, Odin's weapons vault contains other cosmic artifacts that include -

Confirmed:

Eternal Flame (top, left) - Mystical flame that cannot be extinguished. It was stolen from Surtur by Odin, Vili, and Ve Borson at the dawn of time so that Surtur could not light his sword and bring about Ragnarok.

Infinity Gauntlet (right) - The Infinity Gauntlet was designed to hold six of the 'soul gems', better known as the Infinity Gems. When used in combination their already impressive powers made the wearer nearly invincible.

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

Twilight Sword (not pictured) - Created by Surtur using the energy of the exploding home galaxy of the Korbinites, it was intended to set the universe afire. Later used as a power source by Loki & Morgan Le Fay.

Rumored:

Orb of Agamotto (top,left center) - A scrying crystal ball used by Doctor Strange for clairvoyance. It has been known to open gateways between dimensions

Tablet of Life & Time (top, right center) - On the tablet was a biochemical formula for a serum, the so-called Lifeline Formula, which could rejuvinate, heal and grant its user the chance to reach the full evolutionary potential of its race turning the user into an immortal near omnipotent being.

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Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Sarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg and Ray Stevenson; among others. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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Samaritan

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Saw most of them during the scene of the stealthy Frost Giants' first assault in Asgard, but I did not see the Gauntlet. Probably since my sister kept asking about what was going on during each and every scene.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Samaritan wrote:

Saw most of them during the scene of the stealthy Frost Giants' first assault in Asgard, but I did not see the Gauntlet. Probably since my sister kept asking about what was going on during each and every scene.

You can briefly (veeery briefly) see the Gauntlet in front of the Destroyer before he... does stuff to the Frost Giants. It's gonna be one of those Blu-ray press pause moments lol

Krysalid

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I was dying to see those in detail... thanks for the post!

Samaritan

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:
Samaritan wrote:

Saw most of them during the scene of the stealthy Frost Giants' first assault in Asgard, but I did not see the Gauntlet. Probably since my sister kept asking about what was going on during each and every scene.

You can briefly (veeery briefly) see the Gauntlet in front of the Destroyer before he... does stuff to the Frost Giants. It's gonna be one of those Blu-ray press pause moments lol

haha! I guess I'm gonna have to buy the Blu-ray version when it releases. I hate it when movies do that to me.

fanboiii

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Wow these look really good and convincing. I really hope they come into play later on. Who knows what Loki could have taken Big Grin

gtrman

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The Infinity Gauntlet...How sick is that!!!

CoulsonFan

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Rune translations:
Tablet:
THOSE
WHO SIT
ABOWE (ABOVE)
IN SHADOW
Is a reference to these rather obscure guys: http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix2/thosewhositthor.htm introduced first in X-Men/Alpha Flight by Chris Claremont back in '85, later used for the "final Raganarok" story that was Thor's 2004 "Avengers Disassembled" tie-in.
I'm not actually familiar with a tablet that would be connected to Those Who Sit Above In Shadow. Other than naming the group, I'm not sure what the significance of this as an artifact could be.

The text behind the Eternal Flame just says:
ETERNAL FLAME

Most puzzling: the text behind that "orb" says:
TUNING FORK
How that thing relates to a tuning fork, I have no idea. Note that the photos of the tablet and the Infinity Gauntlet were taken at the same alcove; you can make out the same patterns and "TUNING FORK" runes on the wall behind them. I suppose it's possible that the text doesn't relate to the "orb" either, but I'd think someone on set would have been thinking about that.

Counting the tablet and its connection to the 2004 story, Surtur's Infinity Sword, and the Eternal Flame (which Surtur needs to light his sword and burn the Nine Realms,) that's three objects in that room that point to Ragnarok, definitely influenced by the version told in Walt Simonson's great Thor run (which, I should note, was also where the Casket of Ancient Winters came from,) possibly influenced a bit by the more recent comics, hopefully influenced by the awesome comics on this theme from Kirby. A film featuring all the forces of Asgard taking on a Godzilla-sized Surtur could be pretty fantastic.

They might use the broken Bifrost as an excuse to confine this action to Asgard and all the realms other than Earth; the scale and stakes would otherwise logically demand the attention of SHEILD and the Avengers, in which case this would need to be the story of Avengers 2, not Thor 2. I think they probably don't want to have the team taking on Thor villains in every Avengers movie.

If Ragnarok is Thor 2, what could be Thor 3? Where can you go after that, other than introducing Thanos (already hinted at by the Gauntlet) or another high-level cosmic threat?