There’s so much going on in the latest trailer for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, from the ride of the Valkyries against Hela to the armed-and-dangerous Loki and Thor to Bruce Banner’s Patrick Nagel T-shirt, it’s understandable if we blinked and missed the potential giant-size Easter eggs in the opening seconds.
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Luckily the eagle-eyed friend of a Reddit user spotted what certainly appears to be an image of Man-Thing. That may be only for starters, though.
In this first seconds, a spaceship soars over a coliseum on Sakaar toward an enormous totem-like tower engraved with what we can probably assume are the images of the planet’s gladiatorial champions. At the top of the grouping of heads is, as the Redditor points out, a dead ringer for Man-Thing, Marvel Comics’ cult-favorite swamp monster.
But look below that and to the left, and we’ll see what looks the world like Beta Ray Bill, the horse-faced alien who was deemed worthy to wield Mjolnir, and later received his own hammer, Stormbreaker. Beside him looks to be Marvel’s version of Ares, the Greek god of war, longtime enemy of Thor, and a one-time Avenger.
Things get a bit trickier from there, but beneath Ares appears to be Bi-Beast, the oddly named two-headed android — one head is stacked atop the other — who’s bedeviled everyone from the Incredible Hulk to Squirrel Girl over the years. Next to Bi-Beast could be the Hulk himself, although it’s difficult to say, as the head is partially obscured by the spaceship.
As for the head at the very bottom, the one with a Fu Manchu mustache? Our money is on Fin Fang Foom, “the most fearless monster of them all” — or so the cover of his 1961 debut proclaims. A bit of a cult favorite in his own right, Fin Fang Foom is a dragon-like extraterrestrial (so his presence on Sakaar would make sense) who possesses super-strength, lethal breath and, like the Hulk, a fondness for purple shorts.
Could these carved heads be random alien gladiators who simply resemble established Marvel Comics characters? Sure, but what fun would that be? The better question is whether these are mere Easter eggs, or director Taika Waitit is about the make the heads of longtime Marvel fans explode by dropping the likes of Fin Fang Foom, Beta Ray Bill and Man-Thing into the Grandmaster’s arena.
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