The Marvel Cinematic Universe excels at bridging together films both old, new, and upcoming. It’s what has allowed the franchise to grow into such a successful cinematic universe over the years. Naturally, Spider-Man: No Way Home continues this tradition with references to not just other Spider-Man films – but other MCU projects as well. This includes the upcoming MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder, which has a subtle reference in No Way Home that most fans seem to have missed.
It’s understandable, of course, because the reference is only visible for a few seconds. Specifically, the reference comes in the form of text shown during one of the news broadcasts throughout the film’s opening.
As noted on Reddit, the reference includes a crawl that reads something like the following:
“political turmoil in New Asgard as Z…”
It’s unclear what exactly this means, especially as we wait for more info about the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok sequel. But it’s nice to see that plot threads are already starting to be tied together. Hopefully we’ll know the meaning of these details as we continue to approach the release date for Thor: Love and Thunder. In the meantime, it’ll also be interesting to see if the film will make any attempts at referencing the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Taika Waititi directed Thor: Love and Thunder from a script he wrote with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.
Thor: Love and Thunder stars actor Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster aka the Mighty Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, Jaimie Alexander, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Taika Waititi as Korg, and Jeff Goldblum. Matt Damon, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, and Russell Crowe are also part of the film’s cast.
The film is currently scheduled for a July 8, 2022 release date.