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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Thor can be found here.
SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), has a cameo in the scene after the credits, similar to his appearance in Iron Man (2008). In this scene he shows Erik the Cosmic Cube, foreshadowing events in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), much like the scene in Iron Man 2 did for Thor. SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, who was introduced in the Iron Man films, plays a considerably larger role in this film as the person in charge of studying Thor's hammer. Jeremy Renner also appeared as Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye as one of the SHIELD agents trying to stop Thor from getting his hammer back . The big, muscular black agent who briefly fights with Thor in this scene has also been acknowledged by fans as Luke Cage. All of these characters (except the supposed Cage) are confirmed to appear in The Avengers (May 2012).
Yes and no. All films made under the Marvel Studios banner (i.e., Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America) are all set in the same universe, with the characters crossing over, culminating in The Avengers (2012) movie which will tie these films together. Marvel also owns Punisher and Blade, however Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004) are not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are NOT set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due to differing ownership. This includes Spider-Man and Ghost Rider (both owned by Sony), the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil (all owned by Fox).
Stan Lee does make a short cameo in the film. He is a truck driver at the crater where Mjolnir landed.
In the Marvel Universe, Asgard is actually another dimension with extensive lands and continents reaching well beyond Valhalla. In the comics there have been Asgardians with East Asian features so the idea of one with black features isn't as outrageous, since it's only one of multiple races among humans and/or Asgardians. The Vikings worshiped the Asgardians as gods due to their fantastic powers, though they are not gods, simply a race of incredibly powerful beings. The character Darcy points this out in the film. The reason such characters may have been interpreted as all being Caucasian is because the Vikings may have assumed they all were, or the stories changed them to resemble Norseman as the stories passed through history.
Erik Selvig meets Nick Fury who shows him the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube that Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) searches for in Captain America: The First Avenger, set in WWII. Fury compliments Selvig's intelligence and asks him to help study the Cube. As the view pans to a nearby mirror, Loki is shown in the reflection, observing the cube; when Fury says the Cube can be an unlimited source of power, Loki says, "Well, I guess that's worth a look." Selvig then says the same to Fury, which suggests Loki is able to subtly influence people, something that is also shown in The Avengers.
Clint Barton aka 'Hawkeye' as played by Jeremy Renner. Hawkeye will also appear as part of the superhero team 'The Avengers' in the forthcoming movie.
(1) Erik tells Jane and Darcy of a fellow scientist he once knew who studied gamma rays and who came into contact by SHIELD who then went missing shortly afterwards. If this is a set up for The Avengers movie then its likely he is referring to Bruce Banner, The Hulk, although others speculate it could be Hank Pym or Betty Ross but neither of them are in The Avengers movie. Also, both Erik and Banner will be in The Avengers movie and so could have a 'reunion' scene. (2) The special SHIELD agent at the crater site with the bow and arrow who has Thor in his sights is Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye. (3) The big, strongly-built black agent who fights with Thor in the scene previously mentioned could be Luke Cage, or a reference to this character. (4) When the Destroyer first appears and is surrounded by the SHIELD agents, one SHIELD agent asks Agent Coulsen, "Is that one of Stark's?" to which he replies, "I dunno. That guy never tells me anything." They are of course referring to Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man. (5) Nick Fury appears in the post credits sequence.
Yes. The cast has signed on for two additional films, and the first sequel, Thor: The Dark World, is set for a November 13, 2013 release date.
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