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Mike W. writes: Just when you thought "Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes" couldn't get more awesome, they adapt one of the best Walter Simonson "Thor" tales ever with cameos by the Fantastic Four and great byplay with Thor and Iron Man over science vs magic. Man, this show just gets better and better.
Tipton: Yeah, I'm totally in love with it.
Richard L. writes: As to whether the Asgardians are "aliens":
Based on the events surrounding the Third Celestial Host, when all the Earth pantheons (Asgardian, Olympian, etc) tried to defend Earth from the judgement of the Celestials, it was always my understanding that all of the races of gods were actually derived from Earth.
In fact, I distinctly remember a scene where all the Skyfathers of the different pantheons meet and ultimately send Odin, Zeus and Vishnu as emissaries to repel the Celestials and it is explicitly stated that Earth is the world "that spawned both gods and men."
Tipton: True, true. The film is a little less explicit about it.
Alan K. writes: I just finished reading your column this week filling in folks who aren't quite up on their Asgardian-Marvel history and, once again, splendid job. I myself have spent a bit of time explaining over the last ten days or so what the Cosmic Cube is and why it is important and all the other things you mentioned. I was assuming that the cube being in the case would mean it would be part of the Captain America-Red Skull tussle. Fills me with hope of a possible MODOK sighting. And maybe, down the road, Thanos himself! The Infinity Gauntlet storyline would make a great movie, just saying........
I don't know if you ever heard this one, but there is a tie-in with the Hulk movie to Thor, as well. In the scene where the Hulk has Betty and they are up on the cliff at the mouth of the cave, the Hulk is bellowing at the storm in the sky. If you watch closely, there is a streak through the sky that is a straight line, not lightning, but Thor's hammer coming to earth. They are basically saying that the two stories are going on at the same time.
Tipton: I'll have to go look for that. I know there's a scene at the end of IRON MAN 2 that places it as happening at the same time as HULK's fight at the university.
Bill G. writes: I love your weekly column, and I was reading this weeks (5-18-11) when you had asked if Thor had ever pinned anyone under his hammer in the comics. As a matter of fact, he did! In the Avengers/Squadron Supreme Annual '99, Hyperion found himself pinned under the hammer during his and Thor's fight with "unforgettable villain" Imus Champion.
Yeah....it took both teams to beat this guy.
Anyway, you weren't sure and I felt a surge of nerd pride in that I could answer!
Tipton: Well done!
Josh M. writes: So I got to ask, what were the relics that Odin kept? I heard the Infinity Gauntlet was in there, and am vaguely aware of the Casket of Ancient Winters (did I get the name right?)
But what was the giant eye?
And more importantly, it took me two viewings to notice the ravens that hung out with Odin. It was truly awesome.
Still, disappointed that Thor did not ride in a chariot pulled by magical goats. That right there would have made it all worthwhile.
Tipton: I didn't get a good look at the relics, but I thought that was the Evil Eye of Avalon.
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