Part of the big appeal of Avengers: Infinity War for Marvel geeks is that it ties together all the long running plot threads that’ve built up in the MCU so far, answering questions that we’ve had for years. Aside from that, though, it turns out that the film even clears up small mysteries from a while back that you probably forgot were never explained.
Think back to 2012’s The Avengers, for instance. When the God of Thunder arrives on Earth to reclaim his brother Loki, it actually contradicts what happened in the previous year’s Thor, as the Bifrost had been destroyed, thereby preventing Chris Hemsworth’s hero from taking the usual route to Midgard. We got a brief explanation from the God of Mischief, but it didn’t shed too much light on the situation. “With the Bifrost gone,” Thor’s brother asks him at one stage, “how much dark energy did the All-Father have to muster to conjure you here?”
In Infinity War, however, we finally get some context for this remark. The movie opens with Thanos’ attack on the Asgardian refugees. With the ship’s inhabitants slaughtered and Thor bested in combat, it’s clear that things are looking dire. To warn humanity of what’s to come, then, Heimdall uses the last of his strength to envelop Hulk in the signature rainbow energy of the Bifrost and send him flying across space towards Earth.
As he does this, he invokes the name of the Asgardian all-fathers to give him the power. “All-fathers, let the dark magic flow through me one last time,” he pleads, with the spirit of Odin and his forebears apparently granting his wish. Unfortunately for Heimdall, the act costs him his life. But hey, at least it clears up exactly how Thor got to Earth in The Avengers.
Clearly, Heimdall pulled off a similar trick during the events of that movie. It appears to be a risky measure, too, going by the way Loki taunts his brother for having to rely on the “dark magic” in The Avengers. However, in both cases it was deemed necessary, as sending a certain hero to Earth was the only way to attempt to avert an apocalyptic scenario.
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